Baseball is back in Tulsa… well almost anyways. The Tulsa Drillers opened up their season this past weekend with a road trip against Corpus Christi and San Antonio. In their second season as the double-a affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Drillers will look to improve on their finish from last season, where they finished fourth overall in the North Division. They dropped two of three to Corpus Christi in their opening series, and the Sunday game was too late for print.
There’s a couple of reasons to go to ONEOK Field this season to watch the Driller. As the AA-affiliate of the Dodgers, they have a couple of players to keep an eye on, because they could be making their way up to Los Angeles in the next couple of years. One of these players is Cody Bellinger, the starting first basemen, and the sixth best prospect in the Dodgers’ farm system. He is the No. 100 overall prospect in the country and the sixth best first baseman prospect in the country. He spent the last three seasons playing for the Dodger’s various Rookie League teams and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Advanced-A team. Currently he’s on the 7-day disabled list.
The next prospect to keep an eye on is Alex Verdugo, a centerfielder and the seventh best prospect in the Dodgers organization. He spent last season between the Quakes and the Great Lakes Loons Full-A team. Both him and Bellinger are expected to play in the Majors around 2018, but could be called up for short time during the 2017 season.