Los Angeles Dodgers' AA Tulsa Pitching Prospects

Barry Lewis of the Tulsa World News Company Reviews Three Key AA Tulsa Pitching Prospects.

We finish off our look at the Dodgers’ prospects from Tulsa with three pitchers. Before we get to it, a word from our gracious colleague Barry Lewis on the Texas League itself:


Has an undeserved reputation as a hitter’s league. That used to be the case but new ballparks changed that over the past 10-15 years. League batting champion hit .297. It’s a fair measuring stick for hitters and pitchers. Scouts really like the league because with only 8 teams, weaknesses are exposed.”


Chase DeJong




25 G 25 GS

141.2 IP

1.02 WHIP

125/39 K/BB

15 HR

2.86 ERA

3.68 FIP

.238 BABIP

0.6 GO/AO


Lewis:  “Best season by a Tulsa pitcher since Jeff Francis in 2004. With any luck he could have had 17 or 18 wins for the Drillers. Fastball in low 90s, mixes pitches well, throws strikes, has good body language, very competitive, knows how to pitch, very consistent, excellent mental makeup. Does the little things in all phases. Only weakness was giving up too many homers. Overcame a mediocre start to the season and only had one bad start in the final four months. Adjusts well. Ryan Garko said the jump De Jong made this season was similar to Jose De Leon’s last year. No reason why he couldn’t be a starter in the majors.”


Trevor Oaks




10 G 10 GS

63 IP

1.03 WHIP

38/9 K/BB

1 HR

2.14 ERA

2.75 FIP

.276 BABIP

2.27 GO/AO


Lewis:  “A lot of what I wrote about De Jong also applies to Oaks although Oaks gives up fewer homers due to his real good sinker. Could be a starter or reliever in the majors.”


Yaisel Sierra


RHP Dodgers International Signee


10 G 0 GS

14.2 IP

1.30 WHIP

21/5 K/BB

0 HR

4.30 ERA

1.34 FIP

.368 BABIP

2.43 GO/AO

Lewis:  “The opposite of De Jong and Oaks -- Sierra hasn’t shown he knows how to pitch. I hear scouts constantly rave about his electric stuff and he hit 100 mph in the season finale, but seems obsessed with striking out every hitter even when situations don’t dictate that and that too often led to trouble. Dominated at times, but not consistent. There’s no doubt he has a major league arm, but right now he doesn’t have major league intangibles. Would project him as a reliever.”