The Dodgers promoted pitcher Clayton Beeter to Double-A Tulsa Friday and the right-hander will make his debut Saturday for the Drillers. Drafted with the team’s Competitive Balance Round B pick, selected 66th overall, Beeter is currently ranked as the No. 9-ranked prospect in the Dodgers’ system.
While Beeter hasn’t gone past three innings this year, the 22-year-old has been impressive in short spurts. The Texas native has pitched to a 1.88 ERA since June 15, allowing only six earned runs while striking out 41 in 28.2 innings.
Player of the Day
Michael Busch sent everyone home happy in the 10th inning, bringing the winning run home on an RBI-single up the middle for a 7-6 Tulsa win in extras over NW Arkansas (Royals).
And that’s game! Michael Busch takes it for the Drillers by bringing @JacobAmaya3 home!— Tulsa Drillers (@TulsaDrillers) August 21, 2021
Drillers win 7-6 ⬇️ 10 pic.twitter.com/QTBu4azBkS
The No. 3-ranked prospect for the Dodgers reached base four times, including his 15th homer of the year, the single in extras and a pair of walks. Busch would drive in three of the Drillers seven runs.
This gave the Dodgers the only win from their four minor league teams
Michael Busch moonshot.— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 21, 2021
The @Dodgers’ No. 3 prospect crushed his 15th homer of the year to the berm for the @TulsaDrillers. pic.twitter.com/ZMA952Nyjk
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Almost doomed from the start, the Dodgers gave up four in the second and three in the third. Sugar Land (Astros) scored in six of the eight frames they could as OKC dropped the game by the score of 12-7.
Alex Bregman launched a grand slam for the Skeeters in the second inning off Ryan Pepiot, who would give up eight runs (five earned) in 4.1 IP.
Sheldon Neuse and Cristian Santana each had three hits but they were bookends for Zach Reks who hit into two of the four double pays the Dodgers hit into. Both teams had 14 hits, Sugar Land was able to cash in with five homers.
Six players were in double digits with hits for the Drillers, including Miguel Vargas (3-for-6) and Romer Cuadrado (4-for-6). What looked like a wild offensive game about to break out, each team had five runs on the board after the 2nd inning.
Jeren Kendall, former first-round pick for the Dodgers in 2017, led off the first with a solo shot. Busch would follow with his blast and the Drillers were off and running.
The bullpen shut it down the rest of the way after the clubs traded runs in the fifth. Mark Washington pitched the final three innings for Tulsa without allowing a hit.
A pair of one-out intentional walks set the stage for Busch in the 10th.
High-A Great Lakes
Speaking of extra innings, Great Lakes lost 3-2 to Lansing (Athletics) when the ghost runner on second came around to score on a single.
Ryan January accounted for the only offense on the Loons side of the scoreboard. The 24-year-old catcher hit a two-run homer in the fifth.
Low-A Rancho Cucamonga
Stringing together three hits and a walk, combined with a San Jose error, the Quakes scored four runs in the fourth. Unfortunately, they also gave up three homers to San Jose as they dropped an 8-4 contest at home.
The seventh inning felt like it would never come to a close as San Jose (Giants) scored five runs.
Joe Kelly started the game for Rancho, making 16 pitches and only getting one out. The right-hander struck out the first batter of the game before walking the next two and was lifted after just 16 pitches.
Double-A: Justin Hagenman, Justin Yurchak, Michael Grove and Jeren Kendall placed on 7-day injured list.
Pitchers Clayton Beeter and Melvin Jimenez assigned to Tulsa from Great Lakes
High-A: Pitchers Michael Hobbs, Antonio Knowles and Lael Lockhart assigned to Great Lakes from ACL Dodgers.
Low-A: Emmet Sheehan placed on the temporary inactive list. Michael Martinez placed on the 7-day injured list. Joe Kelly sent on rehab assignment by the Dodgers.
- Sugar Land 12, Oklahoma City 7
- Tulsa 7, NW Arkansas 6
- Lansing 3, Great Lakes 2
- San Jose 8, Rancho Cucamonga 4
- 4:05 p.m. PT Great Lakes (Logan Boyer) vs. Lansing (Kyle Virbitsky)
- 4:05 p.m. Oklahoma City (Vidal Nuno) at Sugar Land (J.P. France)
- 5:05 p.m. Tulsa (Clayton Beeter) vs. NW Arkansas (TBD)
- 6:30 p.m. Rancho Cucamonga (Andre Jackson) vs San Jose (Kyle Harrison)