Trio of Dodger farm teams start playoffs today
By Cary Osborne
The playoffs begin for the Dodgers today.
The Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers that is, as well as two other Dodger minor league partners — the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and the Low-A Great Lakes Loons.
Oklahoma City ran away with the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division championship, finishing with a 12 1/2 game cushion. It will play Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate the Nashville Sounds in Oklahoma City, and Scott Kazmir will get the start. Dave Roberts said on Sunday that Kazmir’s rehab start would be in the neighborhood of six innings and/or 90 pitches.
Oklahoma City has some hot bats coming into the series. Dodgers No. 1 prospect Cody Bellinger, who was called up from Double-A Tulsa on September 3, is 6 for 11 with three home runs since joining his new team. Outfielder/first baseman O’Koyea Dickson was just named PCL Player of the Week for the August 29-September 5 period. He was 13 for 26 with three homers and 10 RBI.
The Quakes qualified for the California League postseason as the South Division wild-card winner and host Game 1 today.
The defending Cal League champs will still have the rehabbing Andre Ethier for Game 1 of their playoff series against Houston affiliate the Lancaster JetHawks. Ethier is 9 for 31 (.290/.343/.419) with no homers and four doubles in nine games with the Quakes.
The Quakes have the Cal League 2016 home run champion in Dodgers No. 23 prospect Johan Mieses. The 21-year-old outfielder hit 28 home runs during the regular season to go with an .824 OPS.
Great Lakes made the Midwest League playoffs by winning the second-half wild-card spot and will host Tampa Bay partner the Bowling Green Hot Rods, who tied for the second best record in the league. The Loons won 10 of their last 15 games coming into the postseason. They have Dodgers’ No. 5 prospect Yadier Alvarez going in Game 1 today. The 20-year-old Cuban right-hander has a 2.29 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 55 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings for the Loons this year.
One more Dodger partner is eyeing a playoff berth.
The Rookie League Ogden Raptors have a half-game lead in the Pioneer League South Division second-half standings over Rockies affiliate Grand Junction with two regular season games left in the season, both against Grand Junction.