June 11th, 2022 Scoreboard
- Triple A Oklahoma City 10, Salt Lake City 9
- Double A Tulsa 9, Northwest Arkansas 4
- High A Great Lakes 5, Dayton 2
- Low A Rancho Cucamonga 2, Stockton 6
- ACL Dodgers 4, ACL White Sox 5
- DSL Dodgers Bautista 0, DSL Marlins 4
- DSL Dodgers Mega 9, DSL Athletics 12
Jose Ramos reached base in all four of his trips to the plate for Great Lakes, drawing two walks, singling, and hitting this skyscraper of a homer:
Ramos struggled initially after being promoted from Rancho Cucamonga, slashing .221/.264/.412 in his first two and a half weeks with the Loons, and striking out 33.3% of the time. The wiry Panamanian has since turned it on, posting an impressive line of .360/.533/.760 in the subsequent seven contests, cutting the strikeout rate to 20%. These samples are too small to actually glean anything, but it is always nice to see things at least beginning to trend upwards.
Third base prospect Alex De Jesus padded the Loons’ lead with a homer of his own, and he cut through a downpour to do it:
De Jesus reached twice, also drawing a walk, and his solid performance raised his slash line to .316/.409/.579 in the Midwest League.
As for referring to the physically advanced De Jesus as a third base prospect, while the 20-year-old has played shortstop a little over 80% of the time as a pro, he appears to have outgrown the position, and he has manned the hot corner exclusively since his promotion from the Quakes.
Another day, and another clutch performance for a Loons reliever. This time, it was Kevin Malisheski who stepped up:
This outing put Malisheski’s best traits on display — the four seamer at 93-94 mph that shows good carry at the top, along with a biting, mid to upper 80s slider that brought a hitter to a knee. Though the former Wauconda High School Bulldog left the game after the 4th inning, the game was called due to rain after the top of the 7th, and he was credited with his first W of the season.
Malisheski’s season got off to a rough start, as he was charged with six earned runs without recording an out back on April 10th. Since then, he has been one the most effective relievers for the Loons, posting an ERA of 1.80 in the 20.0 innings he tallied across his next 12 appearances.
Rough introductions followed by success seems to be a running theme with the Loons.
As for the reason behind emergency relief appearance, while Kyle Hurt got the start for the Loons on Saturday, unfortunately, he couldn’t stick around too long. The burly righthander out of USC tossed a scoreless first inning, striking out two, but he left the game after tossing his warmup pitches for what was supposed to be his second inning of work.
With the manager and the trainer visiting him on the mound, Hurt indicated towards his lower back before slowly walking back to the dugout. When there have been injuries over a weekend, the Dodgers have typically posted IL stints on the following Tuesday, so stay tuned.
As for the second injury, it befell one of the stalwarts who don the tools of ignorance — MLB Pipeline’s 26th-ranked Dodgers prospect, 18-year-old Venezuelan catcher, Jesus Galiz. The news came via California League photographer, Jerry Espinoza:
As Espinoza says, Galiz came out of the gate with guns blazing, posting an OPS of 1.178 in his first handful of ACL games.
Hopefully it’s just a bad stinger, because the young backstop has already dealt with more than his share of tragedy and disappointment:
Heal up kid, you deserve to have the dice roll your way for a good while.
Lastly, Sunday’s starting pitchers for the full season affiliates:
- Triple A Oklahoma City – Mitch White
- Double A Tulsa – Gavin Stone
- High A Great Lakes – Kendall Williams
- Low A Rancho Cucamonga – Ronan Kopp (listed as probable, officially TBD)
Enjoy your Sunday, folks.