Let’s talk pitchers. The Dodgers system holds so many good ones it is actually hard to keep track. But, this year, one pitcher stood out from the others and made this selection fairly easy.
Tony Gonsolin has worked hard this season to make a name for himself. And, as hard work usually does, it paid off.
In 2018, Gonsolin threw valuable innings at both the High-A and Double-A levels. With the Quakes, Gonsolin made 17 starts where he threw a total of 83.2 innings with a 2.69 ERA. Gonsolin also struck out 104 batters in that span.
The sheer dominance with Rancho Cucamonga ultimately earned the 24-year old righty a promotion to Tulsa where he actually got better. With the Drillers, Gonsolin made nine starts, threw 44.1 innings to the tune of a 2.44 ERA and 49 strikeouts.
If Gonsolin continues on this track, a 2019 major league debut should not be out of the question. Gonsolin looked dominant and confident on the mound this year with great control and command of his pitches, making hitters look foolish in almost every outing.
Tony Gonsolin was an easy pick for Cy Young.
These are the guys that fans do not hear enough about. The managers of minor league teams are the guys that groom players into what we see on a daily basis and all too often it goes as a thankless job. Not in this article.
The picking was slim and since every manager in the Dodgers minor league system made it to the postseason, it was not an easy selection.
But, when you look at regular season record, there is no doubt about who deserves this award, it’s Drew Saylor.
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Drew Saylor is wrapping up his third season as the manager of the Quakes and every year the 33-year old does not disappoint. The Quakes finished with a league-best 52 second half wins against just 18 losses. Saylor’s team had a .743 win percentage.
But, more than just victories, Drew Saylor’s go get em attitude and desire to make his player the best they can be, earns him this spot without question. Saylor will tell you time and time again that it is his players getting the job done for the team but a player is nothing without his coach.
It was a great year for the Dodgers down on the farm and the winning atmosphere made picking single players for each award very hard. In the end, the Dodgers big league club has a lot to look forward to from this system.