Dodgers: Who is Off to a Strong Start in the Minor Leagues?
Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
The Quakes took the path of their parent club the Dodgers and had a slow first week of the season going 2-6. The Quakes have many returning players this season like Omar Estevez and Ibandel Isabel. They also feature two former first-round picks in Gavin Lux and Jeren Kendall. There are a lot of quality players on the Quakes so they should end up having a good season when it’s all played out.
Hitter of the week:
The hitter of the week in week one of the Quakes season was last year’s third-round pick, Connor Wong. All Wong did was hit two home runs in the first week of the season and drive in four runs. The one knock on his week was that Wong struck out ten times entering Thursday night’s game. Wong is supposed to be in the mold of Austin Barnes, a versatile catcher who hits for a good average so that was a bit surprising to see.
Pitcher of the week:
Given it is only one week into the season, it is a bit hard to narrow down the pitcher of the week. Ths week has co-winners as Ryan Moseley and Jordan Sheffield take home the award. Both starters threw five innings of one-run ball and each struck out five batters. The only difference was Moseley allowed one more hit than Sheffield as Sheffield allowed only three hits. Sheffield is another Dodger draft pick out of Vanderbilt who hopes to re-join Walker Buehler in the Dodgers rotation one day.