LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitchers had a stellar June at the major league level, but it appears to have seeped down to the farm as well. One week after having three pitchers win pitcher of the week awards at their various levels, a pair of Dodgers minor leaguers took home the honors this Monday as well.
Lindsey Caughel of Class-A Rancho Cucamonga was named California League Pitcher of the Week on Monday, while Jose De Leon of rookie level Ogden took home Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week honors.
Caughel struck out eight in seven scoreless innings for the Quakes on Saturday against Inland Empire, and since returning from the disabled list has allowed just one run in 13 innings. On the season, Caughel is 4-3 with a 3.81 ERA in the hitter-friendly Cal League with 45 strikeouts and six walks in 52 innings.
The 23-year-old right-hander was drafted by the Dodgers in the 23rd round in 2012.
De Leon struck out 18 in 13 innings in two starts for the Raptors last week, including a career-high 12 strikeouts in seven innings in a win over Orem on Monday. De Leon, who turns 22 in August, was drafted by the Dodgers in the 24th round in 2013.
De Leon follows Edinson Bock as Raptors pitchers to win pitcher of the week honors, the first time Ogden has had multiple pitchers win the award in the same season since 2012, when Kazuki Nishijima, Ross Stripling, and Caughel captured the honors.