TULSA DRILLERS– AA
For many MLB organizations, the AA level holds the most potential talent for the future. Although it is hard to beat what the Oklahoma City team has going, the Tulsa Drillers certainly have some talent brewing for the Dodgers.
Atop the batting statistics, Edwin Rios is making himself comfortable. He is slashing a fiery .376/.393/.576 while leading the team in at-bats. The 23-year-old from Puerto Rico plays first, third and the outfield and will certainly be moved up if he keeps this pace.
Utility player Tim Locastro has had a nice year so far, hitting .316 and Kyle Garlick leads the team in home runs after having a spectacular 2016 minor league campaign over a few different levels. Former big leaguer Tyler Holt is also on the team and has done well in limited action.
Tulsa will certainly have some additions throughout the year from the teams below them in the system, but as for now, they strike out a bit too much as a team (174 times in 23 games), and that should be concerning at every level.
The pitching staff is led by one of the top Dodgers’ prospects, Yasiel Sierra. After being a hot commodity in the international market before landing with the Dodgers, Sierra had a tough 2016 campaign but has bounced back nicely. In 13.2 innings of relief, he has a 1.98 ERA while striking out 14.