Infielder takes home OKC’s third straight league weekly honor for July 30-Aug. 4
Edwin Ríos experienced a power surge.
The OKC Dodgers infielder hit three home runs and led the Pacific Coast League with 11 RBI and a 1.286 slugging percentage over a five-game span last week, leading the league to name Ríos PCL Player of the Week for July 29-Aug. 4.
Ríos, 25, became the third straight Dodgers player to receive a weekly league honor from the PCL, following infielder Gavin Lux July 22 and pitcher Dustin May July 29.
During a five-game span last week, Ríos also led the PCL with eight walks and a 1.911 OPS, as he hit safely in all five games he played for OKC. He had two multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games during the span.
The offensive boost started prior to last week, however.
Ríos has now homered eight times in his last 12 games and 10 times in his last 16 games.
He has notched at least one RBI in seven straight games, totaling 13 RBI during that time and has 21 RBI over his last 12 games, including four games with three RBI. He paces OKC with 75 RBI overall this season, as well as with 20 multi-RBI games.
The native of Caguas, Puerto Rico was selected by the Dodgers in the sixth round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of Florida International University.
He has hit now safely in a season-best 12 straight games with the OKC Dodgers for his longest hitting streak since a 16-gamer in 2016 with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. The Dodgers wrap up a four-game series in Last Vegas tonight, and during Ríos’ current streak, he is 18-for-43 (.419) with 13 extra-base hits, eight homers, 21 RBI, 12 walks and 16 runs.
Ríos has drawn 16 walks in his 21 games since the All-Star Break, after walking just 19 times over 70 games between April-June. In 21 games since the All-Star Break, Ríos is slashing .325/.436/.825 with 11 homers and 27 RBI.
In addition to pacing OKC in home runs and RBI overall this season, Ríos has a team-high 92 hits over a team-leading 91 games. He is tied for first among Dodgers players with 21 doubles and ranks second with 59 runs scored in his third season with the Triple-A club.
Ríos was recalled by the Los Angeles Dodgers June 27 and he made his Major League debut that night at Colorado as a pinch hitter. He picked up his first career hit on June 29 — a triple — and went 4-for-15 over eight games with Los Angeles before being optioned to OKC July 8.