As the first month of the minor league season is quickly coming to a close, we thought it might be a good idea to take a peek at the progress of the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers.
It’s been a bit of a struggle for first-year manager Travis Barbary’s squad so far, as OKC has tallied a 8-15 record and currently finds itself in last place of the American Southern division of the Pacific Coast League.
Unlike many of the seasons over the past few years, Oklahoma City seemingly finds itself with a lack of talent. The offense has been slow and the starting pitching has been sub-par. However, there have been several bright spots in the OKC bullpen, which could be extremely beneficial for the big league squad as the season advances.
Of the 16 teams in the PCL, Oklahoma City is currently ranked 15th in team hitting with a .238 average and a .691 OPS. In an environment where the ball tends to have a bit more flight, OKC has collectively hit just 16 long balls, which is dead-last in the league. In contrast, the El Paso Chihuahuas have hit 61 homers to lead the league.
Individually, Matt Beaty is leading the team with 22 base hits and is batting .278 with a .765 OPS. Outfielder Kyle Garlick has 33 total bases to lead the club and also has the team lead with four home runs.
Catcher Will Smith, who began the season on a torrid pace offensively, leads the team with 12 RBI. Smith also has the best OPS on the club with a .914 mark. At the moment, he’s hitting .271/.405/.508 in his first 59 AB.
Pitching-wise, OKC finds itself sitting eighth in the league with a 5.38 team ERA, which gives sentiment to how easy it is to hit in the PCL.
There really hasn’t been much excitement in terms of individual pitching in the rotation, though. Righty Tony Gonsolin was sent to the injured list after making just two starts. At the moment, the rotation consists of Rob Zastryzny, Daniel Corcino, Brock Stewart, Ben Holmes and Dennis Santana.
Of that group, Stewart has the best ERA at 2.81, after having made four starts. Santana has struggled since being sent back down, making two starts and surrendering six earned runs on nine hits. Zastryzny has tallied a 6.16 ERA over four starts.
The bullpen has fared much better. Veteran JT Chargois has allowed just one run over eight innings and six appearances. Joe Broussard, who struggled a bit during 2019 Cactus League play, is throwing extremely well. The 28-year-old righty has registered a 1.86 ERA and has 10 punchouts over seven games and 9-2/3 innings of work.
Conversely, hard-throwing Stetson Allie began the year as the team’s closer, but has since compiled a 13.50 ERA after making six appearances. He has logged just four full innings, surrendering six earned runs on three hits, five walks and a hit batsman.
Looking ahead to the coming week, OKC will host Round Rock for a four-game set before travelling to New Orleans four a four-game wrap-around series beginning on Friday.
There’s still no official word on the details surrounding Andrew Toles, who was sent to the club’s restricted list before the beginning of the big league season.