One day before the 2016 MLB Draft starts, a pair of 2015 Dodgers draftees were honored, with right-handed pitcher Josh Sborz and outfielder Kyle Garlick named to the California League All-Star team on Tuesday for their work with the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
Sborz, drafted with the No. 74 overall pick in the 2015 Competitive Balance Round B, has a 2.84 ERA in 11 starts this year for the Quakes, with 60 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 66⅔ innings. The 22-year-old right-hander, who was named Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series last year as Virginia's relief ace, has allowed just five runs in his last four starts.
Garlick won't take part in the June 21 All-Star Game between the Cal League and Carolina League, taking place at Lake Elsinore, but not because of anything bad. Garlick, drafted by the Dodgers in the 28th round in 2015 out of Cal Poly Pomona, hit .306/.367/.551 with 11 home runs and 13 doubles in 49 games with the Quakes, and was promoted last week to Double-A Tulsa.
So far with the Drillers, the 24-year-old Garlick is 3-for-21 (.143) and a walk.
Player of the day
Trevor Oaks has been a little under the radar this season, on a Double-A Tulsa team that is loaded with prospects to watch both on the mound and at the plate. But Oaks, the Dodgers' seventh-round draft pick in 2014 out of Cal Baptist in Riverside, continued his excellent 2016 campaign with seven scoreless innings on Wednesday, allowing only one hit and one walk in the win.
Oaks struck out four and won his sixth straight start. The ground ball machine has a 2.34 ERA in eight starts since his promotion to Tulsa, with 32 strikeouts and just seven walks in 50 innings.
The 23-year-old right-hander has lasted seven innings in three of his last four starts. He might have lasted even longer on Wednesday, with only 72 pitches in his seven innings, but was pulled with dehydration issues during the day game.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
OKC was off on Wednesday, but open a nine-game homestand on Thursday afternoon with a doubleheader against the Nashville Sounds (Athletiics).
Behind Oaks and friends, the Drillers set a franchise record with their 10th straight victory, a 1-0 win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals). One day after a walk-off home run in the second game of a doubleheader, Alex Verdugo doubled in the second inning and scored the game's only run, driven in on a single from catcher Paul Hoenecke.
Joe Broussard and Scott Griggs pitched perfect innings in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, and combined with Oaks to retire the final 20 batters of the game. Tulsa including their 10 straight wins have won 16 of their last 17 games and 25 of their last 32 contests.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes were off on Wednesday, and open a three-game road series at the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) on Thursday night.
Class-A Great Lakes
Four runs in the eighth inning lifted the Loons over the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers) 6-2 on Wednesday. Gage Green homered, had two hits and scored twice. Erick Meza had three hits and Brendon Davis had two hits, with each one scoring once and driving in one.
Imani Abdullah, the Dodgers' 11th-round selection in 2015, allowed just two unearned runs in five innings, with three strikeouts and no walks. The 19-year-old has just two walks in four starts this season, with 13 strikeouts in 17⅔ innings.
Dominican Summer League
One of the Dodgers teams beat one of the Cubs teams 2-0. Juan Morillo, a 17-year-old signed last September out of Venezuela, pitched four scoreless innings in his professional debut, striking out three while allowing two hits and a walk.
Outfielder Carlos RIncon was was 2-for-2 with a double, scoring one run and driving in another. The 18-year-old signed last July out of the Dominican Republic is 5-for-8 (.625) with a home run, triple, double and two steals in his first three pro games.
Class-A: Left-hander Wes Helsabeck was activated from the disabled list by the Loons, then pitched two perfect innings in relief for the win, with two strikeouts.
2:35 p.m. PT: Doubleheader - Nashville (Zach Neal, Angel Castro) at Oklahoma City (Jharel Cotton, Frankie Montas)
4 p.m.: Great Lakes (Dennis Santana) at West Michigan (Beau Burrows)
5:05 p.m.: Northwest Arkansas (Jake Junis) at Tulsa (Tim Shibuya)
7 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Andrew Sopko) at Lake Elsinore (Chris Huffman)