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Dodgers Minor League Pitcher of the Year Dominates in Latest Outing

Dodgers minor league pitcher Gavin Stone has had himself quite a season. In just his second season in the minor leagues, he’s pitched at three different levels and dominated at each. After posting a 1.44 ERA in 25 innings at High-A Great Lakes, he was promoted to Double-A Tulsa. A 1.60 ERA in 73.1 innings in Tulsa earned him another promotion, this time to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

As OKC’s season draws to a close, Stone made his sixth and final Triple-A start on Monday, and it went pretty well.

Stone posted a 3.76 ERA across two levels of the minors in 2021, but something clicked this year at age 23. Overall in 2022, Stone finishes with a 1.48 ERA in 121.2 innings pitched, with a 12.4 K/9 and a 3.82 K/BB.

Stone was listed as the Dodgers’ 28th-best prospect by MLB in 2021, which is very similar to not listing him at all. This year, he has leapfrogged almost everyone, jumping up to number seven on MLB’s prospects list, and even that might be conservative. Only two pitchers are above him, Bobby Miller and Ryan Pepiot, but Stone has outperformed both of them by a pretty wide margin this season. That’s not a knock on either of them, just the truth about a guy who has seemingly come out of nowhere to dominate.

Stone was named the Dodgers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year this season; could he have his eyes on National League Rookie of the Year as his next award?

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