We won’t update every increment of Ross Stripling’s progress from Tommy John surgery here, but today was a big day. Once a top-10 prospect in the Dodgers’ system, the 25-year-old right hander pitched his first competitive game since 2013 on Sunday for Single-A Great Lakes.
Stripling threw four scoreless innings in the Loons’ 3-2 win over Quad Cities. He walked two of the first four hitters he faced and allowed a single, but got out of the first inning without allowing a run by virtue of a double-play flyout.
Over the next three innings, only one runner reached base against Stripling, on a fielding error. His ERA remained a perfect 0.00.
The average age of Midwest League hitters is around 22, so a healthy Stripling figured to have success today. The news today is that he’s healthy — great news for the 2012 fifth-round draft pick.
Luis Matos played 494 of his 508 career major-league games for the Baltimore Orioles. (Getty Images)
Luis Matos will manage Single-A Great Lakes in 2015, the Dodgers announced Thursday.
Matos replaces Bill Haselman, who managed the Loons to a 66-73 record in 2014. Haselman was originally re-hired as the Loons’ manager, with Matos as a third coach. When P.J. Forbes resigned as the manager of Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Feb. 2, Haselman moved up a level, creating the vacancy at Great Lakes.
Matos was a hitting coach this past winter for Crillos de Caguas of the Puerto Rican Winter League and also served as a coach in MLB’s Puerto Rico Youth Summer League.
Here’s more from the Dodgers’ press release:
Chris Anderson (foreground) and Tom Windle (background, right) visited Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.
The Dodgers signed pitchers Chris Anderson and Tom Windle, their top two picks in the First-Year Player Draft last Thursday. Both signed for the assigned slot value — Anderson for $2,109,900 and Windle for $986,500 — and will report to the Dodgers’ facility in Glendale, Ariz for a week of training. They will then be assigned to Single-A Great Lakes.