Dodgers prospect Cody Bellinger had a wonderful spring training but his regular season has yet to get off the ground. The first baseman and outfielder was placed on the seven-day disabled list by Double-A Tulsa on Friday with a strained hip, still yet to play for the Drillers.
Bellinger, just 20, was a non-roster invitee in big league camp and played in 18 Cactus League games with the Dodgers this spring, hitting .393/.541/.679 (11-for-28) with two home runs, two doubles and nine walks, the latter just one off the club lead.
He entered this season ranked anywhere between the fourth- and ninth-best prospect in a stacked Dodgers system, and is the fifth-youngest player in the Texas League, per Baseball America. The Drillers have three of the seven youngest players in the Texas League, along with Alex Verdugo (first) and Willie Calhoun (seventh).
Player of the day
Ralston Cash pitched the sixth and seventh innings and preserved a one-run lead for Double-A Tulsa, retiring all six batters he faced, including five strikeouts.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Yasmani Grandal hit the game-tying home run in the ninth inning, but Oklahoma City fell 2-1 in 11 innings at the Nashville Sounds (Athletics). Grandal also walked twice in the game, his second rehab game, and caught eight innings.
In his first Triple-A start, Jharel Cotton was impressive, allowing one run while pitching into the sixth inning, with five strikeouts and no walks.
Friday was another low-scoring affair for Tulsa, 2-1 winners over the Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros). Alex Verdugo had two hits in his second game in Double-A, while Yadir Drake singled and walked, scoring one run and driving in another.
Chris Anderson got the win by allowing one run in five innings, but his night was cut short by wildness,walking five with no strikeouts.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Howie Kendrick was 1-for-3 with a two-run double in the second game of his rehab assignment, a 6-4 Quakes win at home over the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres). Kendrick played five innings at third base on Friday night, and is expected to play second base this weekend.
Brock Stewart pitched five scoreless innings in his first start of the year, with four baserunners allowed and four strikeouts. Joey Curletta hit a three-run double, and Tim Locastro reached base three times with a single, double and walk.
Class-A Great Lakes
More snow meant Friday's doubleheader at the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) was postponed. The games will be made up with doubleheaders on June 13 and 15, when the Loons are next in Lansing. The two clubs will instead try to begin the season on Saturday in Midland, the home (and season) opener for the Loons.
Some visual of the cold weather from Friday:
Double-A: With Bellinger on the DL, catcher Jake Henson, the Dodgers' 21st-round pick in 2015, was assigned to Tulsa.
Great Lakes at Lansing, doubleheader ppd.
11:05 a.m. - Lansing (TBD) at Great Lakes (Isaac Anderson)
4:35 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Sam LeCure) at Nashville (Dillon Overton)
5:05 p.m. - Tulsa (Felipe Gonzalez) at Corpus Christi (Francis Martes)
7:05 p.m. - Lake Elsinore (Martires Arias) at Rancho Cucamonga (Grant Holmes)