The OKC Dodgers finished the 2017 AAA season with a 72-69 record, good enough for 2nd place in the PCL American North Division. However, they were 10.0 games behind the division champion Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers). The Sky Sox then lost to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) in the American Divisional Series. The El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres) beat the Reno Aces (Dbacks) in the Pacific Division championship series. The Memphis Redbirds went on to beat the Chihuahuas in the PCL Championship.
Offensively, team PCL rankings were as follows (Pardon my formatting skills or lack thereof):
Batting Average .262 (#13)
On Base Percentage .334 (#12)
Slugging Percentage .423 (#10)
OPS .756 (#10)
Hits 675 (#13)
Runs 1,234 (#8)
Home Runs 147 (#6)
Highest Average Alex Verdugo .314 (#14 in league)
Highest OBP Alex Verdugo .389 (#9)
Highest Slugging O’Koyea Dickson .484 (#25)
Highest OPS Alex Verdugo .825 (#32)
Runs O’Koyea Dickson 70 (#24)
Hits Alex Verdugo 136 (#13 – Tied)
Doubles Alex Verdugo 27 (#14 – Tied)
Triples Trayce Thompson 6 (#24)
RBI O’Koyea Dickson 76 (#20)
HR O’Koyea Dickson 24 (#10 – Tied)
Total Bases O’Koyea Dickson 195 (#31)
They were far more formidable in their team pitching rankings:
ERA 4.26 (#4)
Hits Allowed 1,229 (#3)
Home Runs Allowed 115 (#2)
Strikeouts 1,277 (#1)
WHIP 1.35 (#3)
Saves 37 (#4- Tied)
Wins Justin Masterson 11 (#1 – Tied)
Wilmer Font 10 (#3)
ERA Wilmer Font 3.42 (#1)
Justin Masterson 4.13 (#2)
Innings Pitched Justin Masterson 141.2 (#4)
Wilmer Font 134.1(#8)
Strikeouts Wilmer Font 178 (#1)
Justin Masterson 140 (#3)
Saves Madison Younginer 8 (#15 – Tied)
Several players made favorable impressions and may get some additional attention in 2018. We already know that Alex Verdugo and Walker Buehler are on the short list for roster positions in 2018.
Tim Locastro batted .388/.443/.544/.987 at OKC, and .308/.383/.454/.837 over both AA and AAA levels. In 103 AB in AAA, he played 2B, SS, LF, CF, and RF. He walked 6 times and struck out 12. He had 34 stolen bases over both AA and AAA. I think at the very least, he has given notice that he intends to compete for the ML utility position next year. He should also get some solid consideration for the 2B position.
Edwin Rios continues to show that he is a solid power hitter. In 169 AAA AB’s Edwin batted .296/.368/.533/.901. He did however have 42 strikeouts in those 169 AB’s (25% K rate). For the two levels, Rios batted .309/.362/.533/.895, 24 HR’s and 91 RBI’s. Rios has two difficult obstacles…he is left handed and has no clear defensive position. He does have a strong arm, and could potentially play in the OF. I would like to see him get a shot to play LF in 2018 (at OKC, not LA). I continue to recall the LF play of Greg Luzinski and Jose Canseco. I like defense as much as anyone, but if the Dodgers can find a LF who can hit .280-.300 with 20+ HRs, I think he could play. It is at least worth a look.
Wilmer Font remains a curious potential. He had a tremendous season this year, and at least warrants a look as a potential mid inning reliever at the ML level in 2018. He did not perform well in his 2017 audition, but I still would like to see him get a shot at ST.
Trevor Oaks was on his way to a very productive season before his oblique injury ended his season. In 19 games (91.2 IP) Oaks had a 3.83 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in the very hitter friendly PCL. It would have been nice to see Oaks finish the season. Trevor will get a chance to win a #5 spot, but he will undoubtedly start the season at AAA, but could become an early call next year.
Yaisel Sierra is another curious potential. Once relegated to strictly relief, his prospect status began to rise. He was mostly outstanding but when not very good he was NOT VERT GOOD. He needs consistency, but with his ability, he will get a look as a 2018 bullpen candidate.
Henry Ramos will get real look as a switch hitting OF. Trayce Thompson is still considered a potential OF prospect (#4 or #5 – SVS replacement). Jacob Scavuzzo should get a return ticket to OKC, and hopefully re-initiate his prospect status.
Max Muncy (.309/.414/.491/.905) is a 2 year younger LH hitting version of Rob Segedin. Joe Broussard will probably return to OKC and continue his development. FAZ does love their relievers, which should also give Dylan Floro, Luis Ysla, and Madison Younginer some hope.
Next review will be the Tulsa Drillers.