LAD FFA June 19th-June 25th
Contenders for the LAD Weekly Farm Factory Award for the week ending June 25th:
Alex Verdugo collected twelve hits, including five multi-hit games, and walked four times to boot. Over his last ten games, Alex has gone 21 for 42. He’s now pushed his June OPS to 1.043 and overall OPS to .880.
Walker Buehler made two solid starts for the week. Buehler pitched a combined nine innings, gave up seven hits, four earned runs, walked one, and struck out fifteen. Buehler has now made thirteen starts in 2017 and has yet to give up more than two runs in any start.
Yusniel Diaz only played in four games week due to the all-star break but he collected hits in every game including four in one game, and three in another. I’m not sure who is hotter in June, Diaz or Verdugo. Diaz now has an OPS in June of 1.210 and has raised his overall OPS to .810. I’d say he is settling in and I need to rethink the comments I made in in early June.
Sam Dystra of Milb.com checked in on him:
Dodgers OF Yusniel Diaz, Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga: 3-for-5, HR, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R — The Dodgers’ No. 5 prospect is spending his second season in the California League but is starting to hit like somebody ready for a new challenge. Sunday’s showing was the second time in three games in which Diaz had three extra-base hits. In 20 games this month, he’s hitting .425/.463/.747 with five homers, two triples and nine doubles. No one in the Cal League has posted a June OPS higher than Diaz’s 1.210, nor can anyone in the circuit touch his 37 hits, 16 extra-base hits and 65 total bases. (Lancaster’s Roberto Ramos is second in the Cal League with 54 total bases in June.) This is still only Diaz’s age-20 season, so the fact that it took a repeat of Class A Advanced to make this breakout isn’t worrisome, but now that the results are coming fairly consistently, a move to Double-A Tulsa shouldn’t be too far away.
Not many Dodger pitching prospects are getting twenty-one outs but Dennis Santana is. For the 2nd game in a row, the converted shortstop pitched seven solid innings with an almost identical stat line from his previous start. Santana has now struck out eight hitters in three straight starts.
Dustin May threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings on June 25th. The final line was 19 outs, 5 hits, zero runs, two walks. five strikeouts.
Jacob Scavuzzo hit four home runs for the week, including three in one game. But his last three games for the week he was 3 for 16. He didn’t walk once. He had the great game, but………. I want to see a week of consistency, not one great game.
So the winner is………Alex Verdugo