Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Trevor Oaks, who plays for the organization’s Triple-A Oklahoma City affiliate, was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the period of May 29-June 4.
Oaks made one start this past week, and pitched seven shutout innings while giving up just two hits. He finished with seven strikeouts in an 11-1 victory over Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes (Miami Marlins affiliate). In the seven innings, Oaks retired 21 of the 23 batters he faced, including the last 17.
The right-hander also helped his own cause, launching a three-run home run to left field in the eighth inning. The homer was the first of Oaks’ career.
In 10 starts this season with Oklahoma City, Oaks is 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He has struck out 52 compared to only 10 walks in 54.2 innings of work.
Oaks was a seventh-round pick of the Dodgers in 2014 out of California Baptist University. This marks the third time in his career he has won Pitcher of the Week honors at the Minor League level; two have now come in the PCL.
His first PCL Pitcher of the Week honors came in August 2016, when he struck out 11 in a complete game.
It was last season that Oaks developed into a premiere pitching prospect, as he begin the year with High-A Rancho Cucamonga, and was promoted twice, first to Double-A Tulsa and then to OKC. He finished the season 14-3 with a 2.74 ERA in 24 starts between the three levels.
The 24-year-old has continued that success into this season, and could possibly make his Major League debut at some point in 2017.