Trio of prospects impress in Rancho Cucamonga's win
Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga's 16-13 win over Lancaster yielded impressive performances by a few top Dodgers prospects -- and one notable power display by another Los Angeles farmhand.
Shortstop Corey Seager, the Dodgers' top prospect, went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer, a double and five RBIs as the Quakes beat the JetHawks on Saturday night. Left-hander Julio Urias, the Dodgers' third-ranked prospect at just 17 years old, pitched three scoreless innings with a walk, a strikeout and only three hits allowed.
But it was right fielder Jon Garcia, unranked on the Dodgers' top 20 prospects list, who stole the show. The 22-year-old slugger homered in his first three at-bats, taking top Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel deep twice in the first two innings before launching another longball in the fourth inning.
Garcia, who's hitting just .167 with a .208 on-base percentage between Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga, finished the night with seven RBIs. He's hit eight homers and driven in 22 runs this season. The last player to hit three homers in a game for the Quakes was Joc Pederson, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect, who did so on July 1, 2012.
Seager, ranked No. 28 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, also hit his eighth homer of the year off Appel. The former first-round Draft pick is batting .354 and has driven in 37 runs this year.
Urias, meanwhile, lowered his ERA to 3.82 in his ninth start of the season. He's given up only seven earned runs over his last 27 innings, striking out 26 batters while walking only six.