No. 7 prospect fans career-high nine at Double-A

May 21st, 2022

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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

Stone dominates in Double-A debut (May 18)
Gavin Stone found his strikeout pitch.

In his first start at Double-A after being promoted on May 15, the Dodgers' No. 18 prospect struck out eight batters while scattering five hits over five scoreless innings en route to Tulsa's 9-2 win over Amarillo. Coming into the appearance, the right-hander had notched more than five whiffs in only two of his seven games this season.

In his outings for High-A Great Lakes, the 23-year-old got into a rhythm. He allowed one earned run over his last four starts spanning 16 innings.

The Dodgers selected Stone with the 159th pick in the 2020 Draft, and in just two professional seasons, the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has started to make a name for himself. -- Ethan Sands

Drillers belt nine homers in slugfest (May 17)
A home run derby broke out at Hodgetown in Amarillo, Texas, as the Tulsa Drillers slugged nine dingers against the Amarillo Sod Poodles, recording the most homers hit by one team in a Double-A game since at least 2005 and the fourth most in a full-season Minor League game in that same time frame.

Tulsa hit four in the ninth inning, turning a 12-10 deficit into a 15-12 lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Seven players went yard for the Drillers, and Kody Hoese (the Dodgers' No. 24 prospect) and Ryan Ward went deep two times apiece. Hoese, who came in without a homer this season, also tripled and singled, and his 12 total bases stand tied for the third most in a Minor League game this year. Full story »

Busch homers in Triple-A debut (May 17)
If the beginning of Michael Busch's tenure seemed familiar, that's because it mirrored the end of his Double-A stint.

Added to the roster earlier in the day, baseball's No. 64 overall prospect homered in his second at-bat and added a single to help Triple-A Oklahoma City beat El Paso, 13-5, at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Busch homered in his final game for Double-A Tulsa on Sunday.

Having flied out in his first plate appearance, the 24-year-old provided an instant jolt in his second at-bat with a towering 101.1 mph two-run shot to left-center field in the third inning. Full story »

Leonard homers twice for Loons (May 15)
Following a breakout 22-homer campaign last season, Eddys Leonard is enjoying a similar encore. The No. 8 Dodgers prospect homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs to pace the High-A Great Lakes' offense in a 10-9 win over Lake County. It was the third multihomer game of Leonard's career and first since he went deep three times last Aug. 29 for the Loons.

The 21-year-old kicked off the scoring with a solo shot in the opening frame, ripped a three-run shot in the third and added an RBI single an inning later for his second three-hit performance of the season.

Leonard has turned a slow April (.227/.350/.409) into a scorching May (.327/.386/.654) that has improved his average to .271 and his OPS to .882. The Dominican Republic native has six homers among his 17 extra-base hits and 18 RBIs in 32 games. -- Michael Avallone

Eddys Leonard hit a career-high 22 homers across two Minor League levels last year.Great Lakes Loons

Miller time at Double-A Tulsa (May 15)
The results haven’t always been there for right-hander Bobby Miller at Double-A, since the Dodgers first-round pick in 2020 reached the level last summer. But the club’s No. 2 prospect enjoyed his sharpest outing for Tulsa in its 11-1 win over Frisco, striking out five over five shutout innings opposite Jack Leiter at ONEOK Field. 

Holding the RoughRiders to three hits, Miller retired 11 of 13 at one point while the Drillers tagged Leiter, the second overall pick in 2021. Dodgers No. 4 prospect Andy Pages led the way offensively, contributing two doubles and three RBIs. But the takeaway was Miller, who entered play lugging a 5.26 ERA in eight Double-A starts. The five innings were also a season-high for the 23-year-old. -- Joe Trezza

Ramos' four hits, homer spurs Rancho Cucamonga (May 12)
In the midst of a 3-for-28 slide, Jose Ramos came out swinging. The No. 14 Dodgers prospect hit a three-run homer and collected four hits and four RBIs to pace Single-A Rancho Cucamonga's 16-7 win over visiting Stockton. Ramos reached safely in all five plate appearances while adding a sacrifice fly.

After finishing a strong April with a .310/.398/.694 slash line, the 21-year-old was in a 1-for-17 slide over his previous five games. Ramos' big night was his second four-hit effort of the season and lifted his average back up to .282 and his OPS to .942 with 12 extra-base hits, six homers and 23 RBIs in 26 games. -- Michael Avallone

Busch homers in 3-hit day; Cartaya mashes 7th homer (May 11)
On an early day in the Texas League, Michael Busch shined under the sun.

The third-ranked Dodgers prospect put up his first three-hit day since April 20, mashing a homer and doubling, as Double-A Tulsa took down visiting Frisco, 7-2.

Tulsa's left fielder started his morning shortly after the game's 11:05 a.m. first pitch with a double to center for his first hit. After flying out to center in the third, Busch poked an RBI single through the right side in the bottom of the fifth and then connected on his homer in the seventh. Two batters after Chris Betts' homer, Busch cranked a solo blast to right-center field for his 10th homer of the season.

The three-hit game pushed Busch's slash line to .295/.433/.653 through 27 games played, a marked improvement over last year in Busch's second go-round at Double-A. A year ago with Tulsa, the outfielder batted .267/.386/.484 in 107 games.

Elsewhere on the farm, top-ranked prospect Diego Cartaya continued his destruction of Single-A hurlers by taking the first pitch he saw in Rancho Cucamonga's 7-6 loss and depositing it over the wall in left-center field for a two-run homer. The 20-year-old sports a .947 OPS through 20 games this season and has amassed 17 roundtrippers in 51 career games with the Quakes. -- Tyler Maun

Pepiot getting ball for Major League debut (May 10)
, the Dodgers’ No. 6 prospect, is set to make his Major League debut on May 11 against the Pirates. Manager Dave Roberts said Pepiot will get the start. The move to activate Pepiot will come at some point before the game. 

“I’m very excited,” Pepiot said. “I’m happy to be here. It’s a dream come true. It’s a great team to be a part of. I’m excited to help the ballclub out.”

With the Dodgers in the midst of playing 31 games in 30 days, the team needed to lean on another starter. That’s where Pepiot comes in, who could also be in line to start on May 17 when Los Angeles hosts a doubleheader against the D-backs at Dodger Stadium. That decision, however, won’t be made until next week. 

Regardless of that, the Dodgers and Pepiot believe he’s ready to make his big league debut. Pepiot is seen as a big part of the club's future. It’ll all start in Pittsburgh. -- Juan Toribio

Outman plates 5 in Drillers' double dip (May 8)
James Outman was a key factor in Double-A Tulsa's doubleheader sweep.

The Dodgers' No. 17 prospect contributed five RBIs over the two-game span.

The 24-year-old's hits in both games went for extra bases. In the opener, he raced for a two-RBI triple in the seventh inning to cap the Drillers' 7-4 victory over Wichita. The outfielder also launched a three-run homer in the first inning of Tulsa's 6-5 win in the nightcap. The first-inning blast was his sixth of the season for his 16th RBI.

Outman is on a four-game hit streak while slashing .257/.361/.525. In the past three games, he's had an extra-base hit.

He was selected with the 224th pick in the 2018 Draft. -- Ethan Sands

Cartaya takes former AL Cy Young Award winner deep (May 4)
Diego Cartaya was at it again at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, this time launching a two-run blast off former American League Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell, who is rehabbing from a groin injury with Lake Elsinore.

Cartaya’s blast was a no-doubter and continued a recent hot streak that has raised his average more than 100 points in less than a week. Cartaya has gone deep in three straight games, slugging four homers in that span while driving in 11 runs. Baseball's No. 27 overall prospect added two more hits to his ledger, including a ground-rule, two-run double in the 10th inning that helped seal the Quakes' 9-7 win.

The Venezuela native improved his OPS to .978 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 18 games. -- Juan Toribio

Cartaya finding power stroke with Quakes (May 3)
Top Dodgers prospect Diego Cartaya homered for a second straight game and notched another multihit effort to lead Single-A Rancho Cucamonga's 5-4 victory over Lake Elsinore.

Stepping into the box with a 3-0 count, the 20-year-old got the green light and cranked a solo shot to left in the sixth. It was his third long ball in the past two games. Baseball's No. 27 overall prospect also added a single back up the middle in the seventh.

Cartaya has five dingers on the season, and is 7-for-13 with five extra-base hits, seven RBIs and seven runs scored over his last three games with the Quakes. -- Rob Terranova