No. 36 overall prospect Cody Bellinger (Dodgers' No. 1) belted his 20th home run as well as a double in a 2-for-4 performance for Double-A Tulsa. The 21-year-old outfielder-first baseman has totaled 50 home runs in 237 games across his first two full-season campaigns.
For a third straight start, No. 37 overall prospect Jose De Leon (Dodgers' No. 2) recorded double-digit strikeouts for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 24-year-old right-hander was particularly dominant on Sunday, as punched out a season-high 13 hitters -- one short of tying his career-high -- and allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings. De Leon has pitched to a 2.61 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .194 average, with 111 strikeouts and 20 walks in 86 1/3 innings.
IMO, Bellinger and De Leon would probably be up helping a lot of other MLB ball clubs make a push to the playoffs.
They are both probably going to be ready to play on the Dodgers by next year, but I think Bellinger will start the year in AAA and if he does well may get a call up to help in the OF or insurance if anything happens to AGon.
I do think De Leon is probably in the rotation to start the year, though.
Loving the possibilities of a Kershaw, Maeda, Urias, De Leon and Kazmir/McCarthy/Ryu/Wood/Stripling rotation.
And crazy as it sounds, I wouldn't be against the Dodgers re-signing Rich Hill if he continues to pitch well, considering a lot of the latter guys I mentioned are serious question marks for next year with their injury and durability issues.