The Los Angeles Dodgers recently promoted two of their top pitching prospects, Bobby Miller and Gavin Stone, to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and both made their debuts with their new team over the weekend.
Stone pitched his first game on Friday, Aug. 19, against the Sugar Land Space Cowboys, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, and he continued to look unhittable no matter the Minor League level.
The right-hander threw four no-hit innings with four strikeouts and two walks before being removed from the game for Brusdar Graterol, who has reached the end of his rehab assignment with OKC and will be activated Monday.
Stone began the 2022 season with High-A Great Lakes before earning a promotion to Double-A Tulsa, and then his second promotion to OKC. The 23-year-old has been dominant at each level, posting a 1.44 ERA with the Loons and a 1.60 ERA with the Drillers over a combined 98.1 innings.
Stone was selected by the Dodgers in the fifth round of the 2020 MLB Draft, 159th overall, and he has been quickly rising through the prospect rankings. MLB Pipeline’s midseason update ranked Stone as the Dodgers’ seventh-best prospect and 81st overall in baseball, which illustrates the depth in the organization
Miller made his Triple-A debut the next day against the Space Cowboys. Although he earned the win, the right-hander had a somewhat rough outing.
Miller allowed five runs, but just three earned, on nine hits across 5.2 innings. He was only able to strike out three batters, but also limited the opposition to just one walk.
Prior to the promotion, the 23-year-old pitched 91 innings with Tulsa with a 4.45 ERA. But Miller’s 3.44 FIP suggests he has been far better than the ERA shows and he has struck out 30.5% of hitters while walking 8.1%.
The Dodgers selected Miller in the first round, 29th overall, of the 2020 Draft and he has since risen to being recognized as a top-100 prospect in the sport thanks to a triple-digits fastball and plus-slider. MLB Pipeline ranked Miller as the No. 27 prospect in baseball, and second on the Dodgers’ list behind Diego Cartaya.
Ryan Pepiot frustrated by walks in starts for Dodgers
Ryan Pepiot, another one of the Dodgers’ top pitching prospects, is already on the Major League roster making starts, but he has been frustrated by the number of walks he is giving up.
The 24-year-old has yielded at least three walks in each of his first six MLB starts, which led to a 4.26 ERA, 5.99 FIP and 1.50 WHIP in 25.1 innings this season.
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