The big league Dodgers aren’t the only squad in the organization that has been experiencing recent success.
The Tulsa Drillers, who have won eight of their last 10 games in the Double-A Texas League, were well represented when the league’s weekly and monthly awards were announced on Tuesday.
Tulsa infielder Omar Estevez was selected as the Texas League Player of the Month for April while Drillers’ starting pitcher J.D. Martin was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending May 3.
In April, Estevez led the entire Texas League with a .385 batting average, 30 hits and eight doubles. Additionally, his monthly .449 OBP and 1.014 OPS were good enough for third in the league while his 44 total bases and .564 slugging percentage both ranked fourth.
He hit .340/.418/.547 for High-A Rancho over the final six weeks of 2018, finishing the year as the Cal League leader with 87 runs and 43 doubles.
Still only 22 years of age, Estevez was signed by the Dodgers as an international free agent out of Cuba for a $6 million bonus in 2015. On defense, his natural position is shortstop, but he has shown that he can handle both short and second base adequately.
Estevez is currently ranked as the 19th best prospect in the system by MLB Pipeline.
Not long after Estevez was recognized, the league handed out its weekly honors. After throwing a seven-inning, two-hit masterpiece against Midland last Thursday, righty knuckleballer J.D. Martin captured the Texas League Pitcher of the Week Award. In the contest, Martin surrendered just one walk while striking out seven.
For the season, the 36-year-old Martin is 1-2 with a 6.15 ERA over six starts and 33-2/3 innings pitched.
The Dodgers signed the veteran Martin to a minor league deal back in February. He was a former first-round pick of the Indians in 2001. Moreover, he has appeared in 24 big league games—all starts—for the Washington Nationals during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Martin’s award follows Driller’s left fielder Zach Reks being named the Texas League’s Hitter of the Week for the week ending April 28.
Coincidentally, Reks’ honor came one week after Tulsa right fielder Logan Landon was named the Hitter of the Week for April 15-21.