The power surge continues for Keibert Ruiz, as he hit his seventh homer of the season for OKC. He’s reached that number in only 20 games, averaging a home nearly once every three games.
We’ve seen him show flashes of power before, but never quite like this. In 2016, he hit two homers across 56 games, then in 2017 he hit eight across 101 games. In 2019, his last full minor-league season, Ruiz had six across 85 games. If you combine his brief stint with the big-league club this season, he has eight homers in 88 at bats.
I was never great in math, but that comes out to a home run every 11 at bats. That’s pretty, pretty good.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers’ ninth-inning rally came up just short, as they fell to El Paso, 4-3. Entering the bottom of the ninth, OKC trailed 4-1. Elliot Soto singled to lead off the inning, but back-to-back outs put the Dodgers down to their final out.
Keibert Ruiz his his seventh homer of the season, cutting OKC’s deficit to only one run.
That isn't coming back.— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) June 15, 2021
Top #Dodgers prospect Keibert Ruiz goes big fly for @okc_dodgers. pic.twitter.com/aUi3UYla1i
Unfortunately the rally ended there as Steven Souza Jr. got out to end the game.
Markus Solbach had a rough outing for the Dodgers, as he allowed three runs on eight hits in 3 2⁄3 innings of work. Alex Vesia threw an inning out of the bullpen, allowing two hits and a run to score.
Rangel Ravelo update
We now have a reason as to why we haven’t heard from Rangel Ravelo recently. The 29-year-old who was hitting above .400 in OKC hadn’t appeared in a game since June 7. Well, he won’t be appearing in another.
The Dodgers agreed Monday to sell Ravelo’s minor-league contract to an unspecified team in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, Francys Romero of MLB.com reports.
Although he was clearly the best hitter in Triple-A, the Dodgers unfortunately had no room for him on their big-league roster. So, he’s opted to go play baseball in Japan.
It really is a shame, as I would have loved to see him get an opportunity. Major props to him for making this decision and I wish him the best of luck!
4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBA) at Lansing (TBA)
4:10 p.m. PT: Tulsa (Andre Jackson) at Northwest Arkansas (Alejandro Requena)
5:05 p.m. PT: El Paso (Jesse Schloltens) at Oklahoma City (Yefry Ramírez)
6:30 p.m. PT: Visalia (Austin Pope) at Rancho Cucamonga (Gavin Stone)