Pitching for a Great Summer With the Quakes
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes have a great minor league baseball team to watch in the summer. The season started in April and continues to early September. There are 67 home games played at LoanMart Field this year. With 15 in May and 11 in June alone, there’s plenty of baseball action for the coming months. By late April they have had some great wins at home including the home opener. This Los Angeles Dodgers farm team is a great team to watch as they feature some prospective up and coming Dodgers and have major league players on rehab assignments.
There is some top talent to watch with the pitching alone. The Quakes have 15 pitchers on the roster and at the time of this writing a few started to stand out already.
Twenty-two year-old Mitchell White is a pitcher who was named Pitcher of the Week in April for the California League at the beginning of this season. He went 1-0 with 9 shutout innings.
The 2015 first round draft pick and top Dodger prospect Walker Buehler showed off some great pitching in the April 15 win against the Lake Elsinore Storm. He struck out 8 batters in a row after allowing back to back singles at the beginning of the game. After being out for a year from Tommy John surgery, Buehler looks to be showing healthy potential. He turns 23 in July.
Other top-ranked names to look out for include No. 2 Dodger prospect for pitching according to Baseball America; Yadier Alvarez and No. 7 centerfielder Yusinel Diaz. Alvarez has thrown fastballs over 100 mph during games.
The 28 man player roster consists of 12 returning players, some new up and comers and some locals. One local includes Glendora High School graduate D.J. Peters. This is his first year with the Quakes as last year he played for the Ogden Raptors minor league team in Utah; also an affiliate farm team of the Dodgers. In 308 at bats for Ogden, Peters had a .351 batting average. The centerfielder attended Western Nevada Community College before he was drafted by the Dodgers in the 4th round in 2016.
The Quakes play in the Class A Advanced California League. There are 8 teams in the league with north and south divisions. The Quakes are in the California League South and compete for standings with the Inland Empire 66ers, Lancaster Jet Hawks and the Lake Elsinore Storm. The Inland Empire 66ers are an Anaheim Angels farm team in San Bernardino at the San Manuel Stadium.
This will be the 25th season of the Quakes. In April there were 7 home games that already showed some Quake potential. From May to September there will be 60 home games to watch minor league baseball action and follow talented players as they develop their skills to hopefully compete at the next level, and eventually for the Los Angeles Dodgers.