July 26, 2022 Scoreboard
- Triple A Oklahoma City 5, Sugar Land 4
- Double A Tulsa 2, Arkansas 1
- High A Great Lakes 0, Lansing 6
- Low A Rancho Cucamonga 4, San Jose 18
- ACL Dodgers, ACL Royals PPD (rain)
- DSL Dodgers Bautista 10, DSL Dodgers Mega 3
Ryan Pepiot is making progress down with Oklahoma City:
Having a pitcher largely shelve his best weapon is a pretty common tactic for ensuring work on other aspects of his repertoire. While not exactly shelved in this case, the usage has dropped dramatically compared to his time with the Dodgers, going from 30.0% with the big club to 14.3% last night. Additionally, he did a good job of attacking hitters from the get-go, retiring the leadoff batter in all seven of his innings.
Triple A is finishing school for pitching prospects, and it’s encouraging to see Pepiot leaning on parts of his game that need refining, eschewing the biggest strength, and succeeding anyway.
It was more of the same from Gavin Stone:
Stone continues to hold his velo late into outings, with his 93rd and final pitch of the night coming in at 95 mph.
As for what might be keeping Stone at the Double A level, perhaps better command within the zone, a small reduction in walks, and a little more consistency with his fourth pitch, the curve, could be areas of focus. Relative to other Double A starters, that’s nitpicking. He has done just about all that could be asked of him at this particular stop.
Ryan Noda was the offensive player of the evening for Oklahoma City on Tuesday night:
Noda ending up going 2/4 with a walk, raising his OPS for the season to .838.
One interesting thing about Noda’s season is he continues to run mild reverse splits — his OPS vs righties is .815, but vs lefties, it’s .846.
Oklahoma City had one of the rarer varieties of walkoff wins that you’ll see, courtesy of Jason Martin:
Perhaps a little anti-climactic, but a W is a W!
Lastly, Wednesday’s scheduled starting pitchers for the full season affiliates:
- Triple A Oklahoma City – Andre Jackson
- Double A Tulsa – John Rooney
- High A Great Lakes – Kendall Williams
- Low A Rancho Cucamonga – Maddux Bruns
Enjoy your Wednesday, folks.