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Dodgers News: Michael Busch Wins PCL MVP, Top Prospect Award

While the Dodgers wait until Saturday to start their playoff run, the organization has already started winning awards through one of its top prospects.

During Minor League Baseball’s inaugural award show, it was announced that Dodgers prospect Michael Busch won the Most Valuable Player Award for the Pacific Coast League.

The Oklahoma City Dodgers infielder had one of the best offensive seasons in all the minor leagues this year. Through 98 games Busch hit .323 with 27 home runs and 97 RBIs.

Busch’s time in Triple-A was cut short multiple times throughout the season as the Dodgers kept on calling him up to the major league team whenever an injury occurred in the infield.

Although he dominated in the minor leagues, Busch’s success did not translate to the majors.

Through 72 at-bats he hit .167 with only two home runs and seven RBIs. Even though he struggled in his time in Los Angeles, Busch continues to be on the 40-man roster and is most likely going to be a part of the team’s postseason taxi squad.

Down in the minors, Busch led the entire PCL in OPS (1.079). He finished second in average, fourth in home runs and third in on-base percentage.

Busch is the first Dodgers prospect to win the PCL MVP since Joc Pederson did so in 2014. Back then, the team’s minor league affiliate was the Albuquerque Isotopes. The last time a player won the award for an Oklahoma City-based Triple-A team was Nelson Cruz in 2008.

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