Dodgers Minor League Week in Review: Seager And Urias Impress
It was a big week for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system. Corey Seager and Julio Urias did well, which led to them being named the Texas League player and pitcher of the week. Additionally, Mike Bolsinger was named the Pacific Coast League pitcher of the week.
Boslinger is also a candidate to make a spot start with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, the finale of a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants.
Standout Hitter – Corey Seager
Yeah, him again. Seager made a surprise start at third base for Double-A Tulsa on Thursday but spent the rest of the week at shortstop. The 20 year old belted a pair of home runs, as well as picking up a triple and a pair of doubles.
Seager went 14-for-26 and has a season batting average of precisely .500 heading into Monday’s game. Obviously he won’t keep up this torrid pace throughout the season and, despite his strong start, management doesn’t seem to be in any rush to bring him up to the big club.
Standout Pitcher – Julio Urias
It’s nice to see the club’s top two prospects performing so well. Urias followed up his debut with an even stronger performance in San Antonio, facing them for the second time this season. He recorded two more outs, falling one out shy of six innings, allowing no runs on just four hits and a walk.
The last hit he gave up was in the sixth inning, a leadoff single to speedster Trea Turner. Urias proceeded to pick Turner off of first, then strikeout the San Diego Padres’ top prospect, Hunter Renfroe, to complete his outing.
Urias has now struck out 14 batters in 10.2 innings, walking just two and allowing six hits while surrendering no runs. He doesn’t turn 19 until August, while the average age of the hitters he’s facing is about 24.5 years old.
As with Seager, there will be pressure to bring Urias up to the Majors sooner rather than later, but the organization is committed to doing what’s best for the prospect and he’ll continue to build innings in the Minors.
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