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Farm Fresh: De Leon’s 13K carry OKC to playoffs

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By Jon Weisman

While Brock Stewart was having his career-best Major League game in Los Angeles, Jose De Leon was firing up some heroics of his own.

De Leon struck out 13 with no walks in 7 2/3 shutout innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City, which clinched the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division title in a 6-1 victory over Colorado Springs.

In 41 2/3 innings over his past six starts, De Leon has a 1.30 ERA with 46 strikeouts.

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Farm Fresh: June 22 Dodger minors highlights

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By Bart Harvey

Highlights from the Dodger farm system for June 22, including Brandon McCarthy’s latest rehab outing and a Double-A walkoff homer  …

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Dodger minor league report No. 17: Wieland dealing, Hatcher healing

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By Jon Weisman

We begin this week’s Minor League Report with an update on two pitchers you saw with the Dodgers earlier this year.

Joe Wieland had his best game of the season Tuesday, with seven strikeouts in seven shutout innings in a 9-0 Triple-A Oklahoma City victory at New Orleans. For Wieland, continuing a comeback from 2012 and 2014 surgeries, it came two starts after he allowed only one run in seven innings at Memphis. Since July 26, Wieland has a 2.92 ERA.

Also, relief pitcher Chris Hatcher, on the 60-day disabled list, could be activated by the Dodgers as soon as this weekend.

Hatcher, who has been out since June 14 with a left oblique strain, picked up the save for the Dodgers on Opening Day before struggling to a 6.38 ERA in 18 1/3 innings, despite 19 strikeouts. He pitched a shutout inning Tuesday, but has allowed four runs on seven baserunners in 4 1/3 innings with Oklahoma City.

And now, this week’s tour …

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Dodger minor league report No. 12: Scott Schebler’s turn and Zach Lee’s return

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By Cary Osborne

In the June edition of Dodger Insider magazine, we profiled outfield prospect Scott Schebler. The theme of the story was how Schebler was a notoriously slow starter who takes off once the summer months hit.

When the story was written, Schebler’s numbers were subpar. The No. 8 prospect in the system, added in the offseason to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, was hitting .208/.299/.377 for Triple-A Oklahoma City entering June with six doubles, one triple, six home runs and 14 RBI.

Then June arrived, and true to form, Schebler turned it on. The 24-year-old was one of the best hitters in the Dodger chain last month. He batted .321/.389/.595 with four doubles, five triples, three home runs and 17 RBI.

A year after leading the Double-A Southern League in triples and home runs, Schebler ranks tied for second in the Pacific Coast League in triples. He is mere percentage points from Corey Seager’s OPS in OKC (.780 to Seager’s .783).

We talked to Dodger director of player development Gabe Kapler about Schebler this week, who said, in reality, Schebler’s early swoon was less that met the eye.

“Scheb all along was performing well. He just wasn’t having a lot of luck,” Kapler said. “He was striking the ball with real authority. He was doing a good job from a number of perspectives. He just wasn’t showing the results in the traditional counting numbers. Now you’re starting to see that. A lot of that is completely out of your control. Scheb’s actually been doing a good job all the way through.”

Here’s more from the past week in minor-league action …

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Dodgers announce six international signings

By Jon Weisman

The Dodgers have officially signed six players since the Wednesday opening of the international signing period:

  • Jhoan Calderon, 16 (born September 14, 1997), a 6-foot-3, 200-pound outfielder from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Leonardo Crawford, 17 (born February 2, 1997), a 6-foot, 180-pound left-handed pitcher from Managua, Nicaragua
  • Romer Cuadrado, 16 (born September 12, 1997), a 6-4, 185-pound oiutfielder from Monagas, Venezuela
  • Eric Meza, 16 (born March 5, 1998), a 6-2, 190-pound first baseman from Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Felix Osorio, 17 (born November 13, 1996), a 6-3, 188-pound outfielder from Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Jefrey Souffront, 17 (born May 23, 1997), a 6-1, 190-pound shortstop from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

This period allows for the singing of international players not eligible for the annual MLB amateur draft. Each team has a finite bonus pool that they can pay from, based up on the previous season’s record, though teams can trade for dollars to increase that pool. Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. and Dustin Nosler of Dodgers Digest have more.

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