No. 18 prospect fans 11 in Double-A

June 19th, 2022

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No. 18 prospect fans 11 in Double-A (June 18)
After a career performance two outings ago, Gavin Stone spun yet another gem for Double-A Tulsa.

The No. 18 prospect struck out 11 across five scoreless innings in the Drillers’ 2-1 win over Wichita. The righty worked around three hits and two walks while only facing two runners in scoring position all night. Both times a player reached second, Stone responded with strikeouts. The 23-year-old fired 56 of his 91 pitches for strikes, and it’s his seventh start this season in which he hasn’t allowed an earned run. 

The 2020 fifth-round pick lowered his ERA to 1.45 and has amassed 79 strikeouts in 56 innings across two levels. -- Stephanie Sheehan

No. 20 prospect hits for the cycle (June 16)
On Sept. 5, 2021, Alex De Jesus finished a triple shy of the cycle.

Then with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, the Dodgers infield prospect wound up on third base for what was ruled a double with an error that allowed him to advance. He finished the game with a homer, two doubles and a single.

He finally got his milestone.

Los Angeles' No. 20 prospect completed the first cycle of his professional career in High-A Great Lakes’ 13-4 win over Wisconsin at Dow Diamond. He drove in four runs and scored four times during his historic performance. Full story »

Quakes' Quiroz clobbers three home runs (June 12)
Nelson Quiroz
enjoyed hitting his first homer in nearly three years so much he decided to do it again.

And then again.

The Dodgers prospect went deep three times during his four-hit, six-RBI performance as Single-A Rancho Cucamonga rolled past Stockton, 15-3, at Banner Island Ballpark. Quiroz became the 14th Minor Leaguer to go deep three times in one game and the third in the past week.

The 20-year-old got the offensive onslaught going with a two-run jack to left-center-field in the second inning. It was his first home run since Aug. 13, 2019, when he connected on his only other career round-tripper in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League. Quiroz plated two more with a double to right in the third and put Rancho Cucamonga into double digits with a solo homer to center in the sixth.

The Mexico native completed his personal trifecta with a second two-run homer to left in the seventh to establish career highs with four hits and six RBIs. Quiroz had a chance to become the first Minor Leaguer to hit four home runs in a single game this season, but he struck out looking in the ninth. Full story »

Pages homers twice, Stone strikes out 13 (June 7)
April showers bring May flowers, yet the month was anything but rosy for Andy Pages. However, the change of months has flipped a switch for baseball's No. 62 overall prospect.

Pages slugged a pair of solo homers and a triple to back a stellar performance from No. 18 Dodgers prospect Gavin Stone in Double-A Tulsa's 5-2 win against visiting Northwest Arkansas.

Pages has gone deep three times in four games this month after leaving the yard three times in the entire month of May when he batted .212 with a .733 OPS. Full story »

Cartaya, Ramos display power stroke (June 4)
The balls were flying in the Great Lakes.

Diego Cartaya, the Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect, has been efficient since his move to High-A, entering the night 3-for-6 with an RBI, but the only thing that was missing was the long ball.

The Venezuelan native changed that, clubbing his first Loons homer in High-A Great Lakes' 8-7 loss to Fort Wayne. Cartaya's blast came in the third inning, when he crushed the ball to left field for a two-run homer. It brings his season roundtripper tally to 10 and RBI total to 34.

His teammate, Jose Ramos, showed off his power as well, hitting home runs in back-to-back innings to center field. It marked the first multihomer game of the season for the Dodgers' No. 14 prospect, which brought up his long ball number to 10 on the season between Great Lakes and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. -- Edwin Perez

Loons notch first Minors triple play of the year (June 3)
It's been 60 days since the Minor League season kicked off, and if you're a fan of milestones, you haven't been disappointed so far. There have been multiple three-homer games by prospects, many exciting no-hitters across the league and a few cycles also sprinkled in to this point. However, the elusive triple play remained unclaimed by any of the 120 clubs across the Minors.

That was until the Loons struck.

In what was undeniably worth the wait, five High-A Great Lakes players combined on a sensational 8-6-2-4-5-8 triple play to claim that first milestone of the 2022 season in the Loons' 7-5 defeat to Fort Wayne at the Dow Diamond. Full story »

Cartaya homers, drives in four for Quakes (May 28)
After driving in four runs over his previous 10 games, Diego Cartaya went for that mark all in one night at the plate.

Baseball's No. 24 overall prospect swatted his first home run in nearly two weeks and added a single, driving in four runs as Single-A Rancho Cucamonga rolled by Visalia, 10-1.

Cartaya popped out to right in the bottom of the first but worked a bases loaded walk in the second. In the fourth, the backstop mashed a three-run homer to center.

Cartaya reached on an infield single to short in the sixth before popping out to first base in the eighth.

The top Dodgers prospect hadn't posted four RBIs in a game since May 4 and hadn't homered since May 15. Cartaya's walk gave him six free passes over his last four games. -- Tyler Maun

Stone tosses five scoreless frames for Tulsa (May 25)
Instead of wondering how many runs Gavin Stone will surrender, the question is becoming when he'll allow any at all. The No. 18 Dodgers prospect twirled five scoreless innings, extending his streak to 10 across his first two Double-A outings in Tulsa's 7-4 loss to Springfield.

Stone struck out seven, scattered four hits and walked two in his 78-pitch outing. The 23-year-old has a 15-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his first two starts for the Drillers and a 42-to-8 figure overall.

Stone has been virtually untouchable in 2022, surrendering one run or fewer in all but one of his eight starts. The Central Arkansas product has allowed one run over his previous 21 innings to bring his ERA down to 1.03.. -- Michael Avallone

Busch homers, scores four times in Triple-A (May 24)
Michael Busch may have only collected one hit in Triple-A Oklahoma City’s 14-7 win -- his 13th homer of the year -- but the No. 3 prospect was on base four times and tied his career high of four runs scored.

The 24-year-old walked twice and was hit by a pitch, and he came around to score every time he reached base. In between all that, he laced his second Triple-A dinger, a two-run jack to right. MLB’s No. 61 prospect has collected five extra-base hits and six RBIs in his first seven Triple-A games, giving him a .299 average and a 1.088 OPS in 38 games across two levels.
-- Stephanie Sheehan

No. 7 prospect notches career-high strikeouts (May 20)
In just his third start in 2022, Landon Knack struck out a career-high nine batters.

The Dodgers' No. 7 prospect was superb in Double-A Tulsa's 3-0 victory over Amarillo.

The 24-year-old tossed five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits marking his best start to the 2022 season thus far. The performance lowered his ERA from 7.20 to 3.60.

The 60th pick in the 2020 Draft has now pitched in just 19 games and is beginning to find his footing after giving up six runs in the first two starts of the season.

In his two seasons at East Tennessee State, the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder proved to have high potential, displaying his prowess while only giving up three runs in 25 innings pitched in his final season at college before the pandemic struck in 2020. -- Ethan Sands