Dodgers News: Diego Cartaya and Gavin Stone Receive Branch Rickey Minor League Awards
The Dodgers future is in good hands as the organization continues their proven record of developing players at the minor league level. In their most recent news of success, High-A Great Lakes catcher Diego Cartaya and Triple-A Oklahoma City pitcher Gavin Stone were awarded with the Branch Rickey Minor League Player/Pitcher of the Year Awards.
Cartaya had seen his stock skyrocket in recent weeks as he continued to climb up the top 100 MLB prospects list. Cartaya appeared in 84 minor league games between Low-A Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes where he combined for 22 home runs, 21 doubles and 69 RBI’s on a .270 batting average.
Across four seasons within the Dodgers organization, Cartaya has produced 36 home runs and 122 RBI’s with a .279 batting average in 164 minor league games.
Congratulations to @DCarty_17 and @gavinbstone on being named the Branch Rickey Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year! pic.twitter.com/t0HABLKLLB
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 26, 2022
Stone was drafted by the Dodgers in the 2020 draft as the teams final pick, and unlike Cartaya, was not on any top prospects list entering the 2022 season. Stone’s ferocious 96 MPH fastball has helped him produce a 1.50 ERA with a 7-5 record in 20 starts.
Stone was awarded the California Pitcher of the Week Award two times and during his two year tenure with the Dodgers, he is a combined and he 9-7 record with a 2.56 ERA and 277 strikeouts with a 1.18 WHIP.
Cartaya and Stone continue to make names for themselves despite the Dodgers still seeing virtually no need to fill their roster with the young bucks. Whether the Dodgers choose to elevate them to their roster, the Dodgers should stay patient and not give up such talented prospects anytime soon.
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