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Two More OKC Pitchers Receive Weekly Honors

Mitch White and Yefry Ramírez each recently named PCL Pitcher of the Week

PCL Pitcher of the Week graphics courtesy of the OKC Dodgers

Oklahoma City Dodgers pitchers continue to receive accolades as the halfway point of the 2022 baseball season nears.

On Monday, Mitch White became the third OKC Dodgers pitcher this season to be named PCL Pitcher of the Week by Minor League Baseball, receiving the honor for June 6–12.

He follows Yefry Ramírez who picked up the recognition for May 9–15 and Ryan Pepiot for April 5–10.

Four total Dodgers have now received league weekly honors through the first 10 weeks of the season as Zach McKinstry was named PCL Player of the Week for April 5–10.

Following his dominant performance Sunday against Salt Lake in Oklahoma City, White was named PCL Pitcher of the Week by MiLB.

White, 27, made his first start and first appearance of the season with Oklahoma City after being optioned by the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday.

The right-handed pitcher from San Jose, Calif., started and pitched 5.2 scoreless and hitless innings with two walks and six strikeouts in the OKC win, retiring 16 of 19 batters faced overall.

White has also made nine appearances (four starts) for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, going 1–1 with a 3.86 ERA over 25.2 innings. He’s allowed 12 runs (11 earned) and 19 hits with eight walks and 27 strikeouts, holding opponent to a .202 batting average.

June 7 at the Chicago White Sox, he started and pitched 5.0 scoreless innings to tie for his longest outing of the season and his third scoreless outing of 2022. He recorded a season-high seven strikeouts in his start June 1 against Pittsburgh at Dodger Stadium over 5.0 innings.

White, who split last season between OKC and the Los Angeles Dodgers, was selected by Dodgers in the second round (65th overall) of the 2016 MLB Draft out of Santa Clara University as a redshirt sophomore.

Mitch White made his first appearance of the season with OKC Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Photo by Megan Filipowski/OKC Dodgers.

Ramírez, 28, received PCL Pitcher of the Week recognition in mid-May after OKC recorded its largest shutout win in the team’s Bricktown era (since 1998) with a 19–0 victory May 12 in Round Rock.

Ramírez pitched the team’s first complete game shutout in four years and became the first pitcher throughout the entire PCL to throw a nine-inning shutout since 2018.

It was Ramírez’s fourth career complete game as he set a new career high with 9.0 innings. Ramírez became the first OKC Dodger to throw a shutout since current bullpen coach Justin DeFratus against Memphis May 11, 2018 during a 2–0 win at home. The team’s last individual shutout thrown on the road was by Jake Buchanan in New Orleans May 20, 2014.

Yefry Ramírez made 33 appearances (29 starts) for the Oklahoma City Dodgers over the last two seasons. Photo courtesy of the OKC Dodgers.

The native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic faced one batter over the minimum while throwing 107 pitches, tying his career high. He had faced the minimum through 8.2 innings before Nash Knight collected an infield single. Prior to the ninth inning, Round Rock had two singles and one walk, but the right-handed pitcher eliminated each of the three baserunners with a ground ball double play by the proceeding hitter.

Although it was Ramírez’s second career shutout, the first was only 6.0 innings in a game completed early due to rain July 22, 2017 when he was with Double-A Trenton.

Ramírez also became the first OKC pitcher over the last three seasons to even exceed 7.0 innings.

He has since signed with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization and was released by the Dodgers May 31. Ramírez made 33 appearances (29 starts) for the OKC Dodgers over the last two seasons.

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