The Dodgers continue to boast one of the deepest farm systems in baseball. On Friday, the Dodgers farm system clinched two championships.
While the LA Dodgers fight to get to the postseason, two of the Dodgers’ minor league teams have won their respective championships. On Friday, the Tulsa Drillers won the Texas League championship, and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes won the California League championship.
This caps off an impressive season as an organization as the Oklahoma City Dodgers also made a postseason run before they ultimately came up short. The Tulsa Drillers swept the San Antonio Missions three games to zero. Last night it was Dustin May who pitched a solid game tossing five innings of two run ball.
On the offensive side of the things, the Drillers were propelled by top prospects DJ Peters and Gavin Lux. Both Lux and Peters drilled solo shots and outfielder Jacob Scavuzzo also went deep for the Drillers. While top catching prospect Keibert Ruiz went 0-5, he had multiple clutch hits earlier in the series including a walk-off hit.
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The Quakes also three game swept their series with the Visalia Rawhide. Isaac Anderson started for the Quakes and pitched six innings of one hit baseball while striking out six Rawhide batters. John Axford and Tony Cingrani made rehab appearances for the Dodgers. Axford pitched 2/3 of an inning while allowing a double and one earned run. Cingrani added a scoreless inning of relief as he continues to fight his way back into the Dodgers’ bullpen picture.
Rancho Cucamonga also had an impressive power display as they put together four home runs. Cristian Santana, Nick Yarnall, Donovan Casey, and Jeren Kendall all hit home runs for the Quakes. The Quakes have quite the roster and it won’t be surprising when many of their players graduate to Double-A and find success with the Drillers.
The Dodgers lower level minor league clubs the Ogden Raptors and Great Lakes Loons also made the postseason. That means three Single-A teams, and the Dodgers’ Double-A and Triple-A squads all made the postseason. That is one impressive feat and just goes to show how deep and talented the Dodgers farm system has become.
All that’s left now is for the big league Dodgers to make the playoffs to cap off a great year for the organization. While the Dodgers will be able to spend big now that they have stayed under the tax threshold, the main way the front office wants to build is through the farm system. It appears they are right on track to build through the draft and amateur signings.