Dodgers infielder Jorbit Vivas held his own playing multiple positions at Low-A Rancho Cucamonga, and now the 20-year-old will join High-A Great Lakes after a promotion, the Quakes announced Tuesday.
Vivas, a left-handed batter, hit .311/.389/.515, a 134 wRC+ with 13 home runs and 20 doubles for Rancho Cucamonga. He started 35 games at second base and 31 games at third base for the Quakes, and also saw a few innings at shortstop and left field.
He’ll be the youngest hitter at Great Lakes.
The Dodgers signed Vivas out of Venezuela in 2017. MLB Pipeline rates Vivas as the No. 19 prospect in the Dodgers system, and FanGraphs has Vivas ranked 22nd. “Vivas has a strong heuristic profile: he’s a lefty-hitting infielder with advanced feel for contact,” Eric Longenhagen at FanGraphs wrote of Vivas last fall.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
A six-run fifth inning proved fatal for Austin Bibens-Dirkx in Oklahoma City’s loss to the Sugar Land Skeeters (Astros). Five hits, a walk, and two errors fueled Sugar Land’s rally in the fifth inning, charging seven total runs in five innings against the starter Bibens-Dirkx.
Zach McKinstry, playing shortstop on Tuesday, homered in the loss.
Oklahoma City lost five of six games in the series against the team they are trailing in the division. The Dodgers sent optioned pitchers Andre Jackson and Mitch White to Low-A Rancho Cucamonga instead of Triple-A because of a COVID-19 outbreak on Oklahoma City, per the Quakes game notes.
There were also injuries Among the OKC players who didn’t play in any of the six games against Sugar Land were Matt Davidson, Steven Souza Jr., Drew Avans, and pitchers Mike Kickham, Markus Solbach, and Bobby Wahl.
This stinks. OKC was without several key members of the roster for a variety of reasons during the most important series of the season.— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) August 25, 2021
Not to say the outcome would have been different, but it would been nice to see what would have happened with the full squad. https://t.co/xu4b7BSXgf
First baseman Ryan Noda homered, singled and drove in three, but Tulsa lost on the road to the Wichita Wind Surge (Twins).
High-A Great Lakes
The Loons were extremely rude guests, hitting six home runs in a rout of the Lake County Captains (Cleveland). All six home runs came off the same pitcher — Zach Draper, who allowed nine runs in 4⅓ innings.
Ryan Ward and Andy Pages each hit two long balls. Ward also singled, walked, and drove in six. Pages also doubled, scored three times, and drove in three. Joe Vranesh homered and doubled. Zac Ching homered, had three hits, scored three times, and drove in three.
The 17 runs were more than enough for starter Jesus Vargas, who struck out eight in his five innings, walking none while allowing only one run.
The @greatlakesloons have won 3 in a row to move back into a tie for 1st in the division (1.5gb of playoff spot).— Brad Tunney (@brad_tunney) August 25, 2021
Sat: 16 Ks for GL pitching & 4 HRs incl. Ryan January GS
Sun: 6th shutout win of year
Tue: Season-high 17 runs on 6 HRs (2 for Ward, 2 for Pages incl. an ITPHR)
Low-A Rancho Cucamonga
Mitch White struck out eight and walked none in 5⅔ innings against poor Low-A hitters, in the Quakes’ win over the Visalia Oaks (Diamondbacks).
On offense, the Quakes pulled away late with four runs in the seventh and seven runs in the eighth. Second baseman Sam McWilliams homered, doubled, and drove in four. Imanol Vargas doubled twice and had two walks. Jose Ramos tripled, doubled, singled, scored three times, and drove in three in the win.
Kendall Williams got a save of the obscure variety, allowing six runs over the final three innings after a 14-2 advantage.
Triple-A: Pitcher Andrew Schwaab was promoted from Tulsa to Oklahoma City.
Double-A: Pitcher Landon Knack, who left Sunday’s game in the first inning, was placed on the seven-day injured list. Pitcher Justin Hagenman was activated off the injured list.
High-A: Catcher Chase Barbary was activated off the developmental list by Great Lakes.
- Sugar Land 8, Oklahoma City 1
- Wichita 6, Tulsa 4
- Great Lakes 17, Lake County 6
- Rancho Cucamonga 14, Visalia 8
- 4 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Gavin Stone) at Lake County (Tanner Burns)
- 5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Gus Varland) at Wichita (Tyler Beck)
- 6 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Carlos Duran) at Visalia (Adrian Del Moral)