LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Jose De Leon has been climbing Dodgers prospect lists since late last season. Now, the right-hander is ascending within the Dodgers organization. De Leon will be promoted to Double-A Tulsa this week.
The Dodgers have not yet confirmed the move, though De Leon's father tweeted out the news on Sunday night.
@J_DeLeon18 on his way to Tulsa!!! #GodIsGood— José M. De León (@pulpodeleon) May 18, 2015
De Leon went out on a high note with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, striking out eight in 5⅔ innings against Lake Elsinore on Sunday afternoon, his fourth consecutive win.
De Leon was 4-1 with a 1.67 ERA in seven starts with the Quakes this season, with a league-leading 58 strikeouts (a 39.2-percent rate) and eight walks in 37⅔ innings, including 39 strikeouts, four walks and three runs allowed over his final four starts. Opposing batters in the offense-friendly California League hit .193/.259/.252 against De Leon this season.
The Dodgers drafted De Leon in the 24th round in 2013 out of Southern University in Louisiana.
Since turning 22 last August 7, including his final start with rookie-level Ogden and four starts with low Class-A Great Lakes, De Leon has allowed 14 runs in 12 starts, going 7-1 with a 1.33 ERA, with 111 strikeouts and 10 walks in 67⅓ innings.
In another roster move Monday, starting pitcher Brock Stewart, the Dodgers' sixth-round pick in 2014, was promoted from Class-A Great Lakes to advanced Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.