Two of the Dodgers’ prospects, middle infielder Omar Estevez and left-handed pitcher Leo Crawford, have been named Texas League Player of the Week and Texas League Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Huge Congrats to @LenardCrawford for being named Texas League Pitcher of the Week & Omar Estevez won Texas League Player of the Week!#DrillVille https://t.co/8n2nXWACbk pic.twitter.com/JgAfkGUSsm
— Tulsa Drillers (@TulsaDrillers) August 12, 2019
Crawford, 22, was signed out of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua by the Dodgers with his first DSL season coming in 2015 when he was 18 years old. Since then, Crawford has proven to be a solid arm with a lifetime 3.20 ERA and 7.1 K/9 rate in the minors. His recent performance with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and the Double-A Tulsa performance that earned him this award should have him shooting up prospect ranks in the near future. The strikeouts have ticked up in a big way, with Crawford posting 124 strikeouts across 102 1/3 innings at the two levels to go along with a healthy 2.64 ERA.
The 22-year-old southpaw did not allow a run this week for the Tulsa Drillers across two starts. He tossed 11 innings and struck out 18 batters.
Crawford is Rule 5 eligible at the end of the season and could be an intriguing name to watch.
Estevez, 21, was signed out of Matanzas, Cuba by the Dodgers for a lofty $6 million signing bonus in 2015. Since then, Estevez has been the type of prospect that is not elite at anything in particular, but is slightly above average at everything. His hit tool and his glove could be his path to the majors in the near future. He is holding an elite 134 wRC+ for Tulsa this season across 63 games. Over the past month, he holds a fantastic slash line of .304/.375/.478 and a 139 wRC+.
To earn the honor, he posted an absurd .440/.533/.760 slash line and 256 wRC+ with two home runs.
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