Farm Fresh: Meet the powerful Edwin Rios

Edwin Rios has hit 20 homers this season. Photo: Steve Saenz

Edwin Rios has hit 20 homers this season. Photo: Steve Saenz

By Cary Osborne

It took Dodger minor-league third baseman Edwin Rios 36 games to do what no other High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quake has done in 95 games — hit 14 home runs.

What Brock Stewart is for pitchers in the Dodger farm system in 2016, Rios is for position players — lesser knowns a year ago who have launched themselves quickly this year.

The 2015 sixth-round pick out of Florida International University is tied for the Dodger minor league lead with 20 home runs this season. The man he shares that lead with his 2015 fourth-rounder Willie Calhoun, who hit his 20th Wednesday.

Rios’s season began in Low-A Great Lakes, where he hit six homers and slashed .252/.305/.487 in 33 games (128 plate appearances). He was promoted to Rancho on June 4 and in 36 games there has batted .373/.396/.733 (159 plate appearances).

The 6-foot-3-inch, 220-pounder has hit eight homers in his past 10 games, with multi-home run games on July 8, 11t and 15.

The 22-year-old hit three homers in 82 plate appearances in 2015 mostly with Rookie League Ogden. He hit 18 homers for FIU in 2015.

This was MLB.com’s 2015 predraft scouting report on him:

Rios has had an amazing three-year campaign at FIU, improving each season. He earned second-team freshman All-American honors in 2013 after leading the Panthers with a .332 average, 52 RBI and 26 walks. Rios also recorded 24 multihit games and 15 multi-RBI games, leading the team in both categories. A durable player in his sophomore season, he started all 56 games, hitting .296 with two home runs and 38 RBIs, including tying for the team lead in doubles with 14.

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