Dennis Santana wins the May 14 – May 20th Farm Factory Award
I’m not sure any Dodger prospect has had a better AAA debut than Dennis Santana had on May 19th when he struck out eleven with zero walks in his six innings. I may have to check that out just for fun.
It was a slam dunk to give Dennis Santana the weekly Farm Factory Award which goes to the player I subjectively decided had the best week among the Dodger prospects. With Walker now a permanent part of the Dodger rotation (assuming he stays healthy) Dennis Santana is probably the best pitching prospect in the system. I’m hearing the Dodgers don’t really consider Brock Stewart an option for the rotation, so it may very well be possible that Dennis Santana might get some starts for the Dodgers at some point this year.
Other notable weekly players:
Starling Heredia has had a horrible start to his season with the Loons but maybe his bat is waking up as spring starts to make way for summer. Starling played in seven games and got twenty-seven at-bats. He had eight hits, including four home runs. He’s still striking out at a ridiculous clip but at least he’s starting to make things happen when he does make contact.
Jake Peter had a nice week going eight for sixteen with two home runs. Jake started out slow but now has an .880 OPS for May.
Keibert Ruiz has a nine-game hitting streak after hitting in every game last week that he played in. Overall, Keibert went six for nineteen with two home runs. Over his last ten games, Keibert is hitting .333 with only two strikeouts in thirty-nine at-bats.
Alex Verdugo only played in three games last week but did collect a hit in every game.
Jeren Kendall now has fifty-three strikeouts in only one hundred twenty-eight at-bats but he did hit in five of the six games he played in this week.
Connor Wongs’ bat has woken up again after a brief lull. Wong has an eight-game hitting streak including hits in all four games this week. Wong now has ten home runs but relinquished the California League home run lead to Jared Walsh who has hit eight home runs in May for a total of thirteen.