Farm Fresh: Super Tuesday in Dodger minors

By Joshua Gurnick

It’s still early Wednesday afternoon, but there’s news. Pitcher Josh Sborz and outfielder Kyle Garlick were named Single-A California League All-Stars.

  • Sborz is 5-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 11 starts this year with Rancho Cucamonga, limiting opponents to a .219 batting average with a 1.01 WHIP. The 22-year-old is in his second professional season after being selected a year ago in the draft out of Virginia.
  • Garlick, who was promoted to Double-A Tulsa on May 31, batted .306 with 14 doubles, 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 49 games with Rancho. The 24-year-old was selected in the 28th round of the 2015 draft out of Cal Poly Pomona.

Meanwhile, Tuesday was eventful in the Dodger farm system. Here are brief notes on some of the standouts …

Brock Stewart

  • In the first game of a doubleheader, Stewart tossed a seven-inning complete game to improve to 3-3 on the season. He allowed just one run in the first inning on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded.
  • Since being promoted to Double-A Tulsa, Stewart has allowed seven earned runs in 56.1 innings (1.12 ERA) and has limited opposing batters to a .188 average. Stewart has allowed one earned run or fewer in six consecutive games since May 6.

Willie Calhoun

  • Has continued to lead the Drillers on offense as he homered in the first and fourth innings. In the two games of Tuesday’s doubleheader he combined for four hits, three runs and four RBI. His two home runs came in the second game of the doubleheader.
  • In his last 10 games, Calhoun has been on fire, hitting .306 (11-for-36) with four home runs, 11 RBI, eight runs and five walks. He currently ranks among the Double-A Texas League leaders in RBI (38, second), extra-base hits (24, third), runs scored (34, fifth) and total bases (100, fifth).

Alex Verdugo

  • Combined to go 2-for-7 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored in yesterday’s doubleheader at home against NW Arkansas.
  • Verdugo ranks among team leaders in batting average (.282, third), home runs (eight, second), and RBI (29, second).

Jose De Leon

  • Started his first game since being placed on the disabled list five weeks ago with arm soreness. Completed three hitless innings with six strikeouts on only 37 pitches (26 strikes).
  • In his one other start May 3, De Leon tossed five scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out nine and walking one.

Carlos Frias

  • Recorded the win in relief of De Leon, allowing only a solo home run to former Dodger outfielder Justin Ruggiano. Frias went six innings to finish the game for the Quakes, allowing just the one run on four hits, with four strikeouts.
  • In six minor-league appearances (five starts) this year, Frias is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 26 innings and has limited batters to a .258 average.

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