With an open spot in the starting rotation for who knows how long, the Dodgers are likely going to be turning to options within the organization. The two most likely options are Josiah Gray and Ryan Pepiot.
Gray, who is currently the top pitching prospect in the organization, is the more likely option to make his major-league debut first. He could have already made his debut, but an injury sidelined him for some time. He returned on Sunday to Oklahoma City and tossed two scoreless innings with a third inning in the bullpen.
When speaking with reporters on Monday, Roberts said they’d like to get Gray up to about five innings and 75 pitches before entertaining the idea of adding him to the rotation. Gray currently isn’t on the 40-man roster, so the Dodgers would have to take care of that as well.
In addition, Roberts said there’s a chance we could see Pepiot at some point this season. The 23-year-old is currently in Double-A Tulsa.
“It’s certainly a possibility,” Roberts said. “The organization did a great job managing him and letting him get through seven [innings]. What a special young man. Obviously, with the need, I don’t think it was in the plans as we started the season. Things in a baseball season change. We’ll continue to evaluate. Ryan is a big part of what we’re doing now and going forward.”
On Sunday night he took a perfect game into the eighth inning. He’s been fantastic this season for the Drillers, and he’s a name we can see at some point later in the year.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers came-from-behind in the ninth inning, but they fell in extra innings to the Salt Lake Bees (Angels), 5-4.
OKC entered the ninth inning trailing a run. They didn’t even record a hit, but they were able to tie the game. After three consecutive walks, Matt Davidson grounded out to bring in the tying run. With two outs, Andy Burns lined one out to center field and was inches away from giving OKC the victory. Instead, they went to the 10th.
The Bees scored a run in the 10th to take the lead. OKC had a man reach base with two outs, but they couldn’t complete the comeback as they lost.
- Los Angeles Dodgers optioned LHP Garrett Cleavinger to Oklahoma City Dodgers
- Oklahoma City Dodgers placed SS Elliot Soto on the 7-day injured list
4:05 p.m. PT: Lansing (TBA) at Great Lakes (TBA)
4:35 p.m. PT: Tulsa (Bryan Brickhouse) at Springfield (TBA)
5:05 p.m. PT: Salt Lake at Oklahoma City (Mitch White)
6:30 p.m. PT: Lake Elsinore (TBA) at Rancho Cucamonga (TBA)