A veteran impressed in his Dodgers organizational debut on Monday to highlight the minor league action.
Player of the day
Eddie Gamboa is 32 and doesn’t fit the profile for the type of players who usually win this award. But he impressed in his Dodgers debut with four scoreless, hitless innings for Double-A Tulsa on Monday night, walking two and striking out three.
Gamboa saw time in the majors in 2016 with the Rays, but this year with the Rangers was sent outright to the minors on June 29. He refused the minor league assignment and elected free agency, signing a minor league deal with the Dodgers the next day.
Did I mention he is a knuckleball pitcher? Look at that fantastic grip in the picture above.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
OKC is off for a few days, with the Triple-A All-Star Game set for Wednesday night in Tacoma, with four Dodgers representing the Pacific Coast League.
Matt Beaty hit a three-run shot and Peter O`Brien hit a solo home run in the Drillers’ 6-0 home win over the Midland RockHounds (Athletics). Three relievers followed Gamboa with five combined scoreless innings. Colt Hynes pitched two scoreless for the win.
Catcher Will Smith was hit by two pitches in his Double-A debut, once each in the fourth and fifth innings. He stole second base after the first one, and remained in the game for two more defensive innings after the second one before Jack Murphy replaced him behind the plate in the eighth.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes allowed four runs in the eighth inning, falling to the Inland Empire 66ers 8-7 in San Bernardino. Caleb Ferguson allowed three runs in five innings for the no-decision but also struck out nine.
Catcher Keibert Ruiz, still 18 years old, was 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored in his California League debut
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons dropped their fifth straight, finishing off a road trip with a 9-1 loss to the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays). Dustin May allowed seven runs (six earned) in five innings for the loss.
The Raptors lost to the Grand Junction Rockies, 8-5, but 32nd-round draft pick Tyler Adkison was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored in defeat.
Triple-A: Nothing official on this, but the MLB.com transactions page says the Dodgers acquired minor league outfielder Todd Cunningham (not on the 40-man roster) from the Cardinals for cash. I do wonder if Cunnigham had phone reception at the time to hear the news.