Aces in Rancho

When pitchers leave Camelback Ranch and report to the Dodgers or a minor league affiliate, there is a chance two young aces will be coming to Rancho Cucamonga.

Dodgers prospects Grant Holmes and Yadier Alvarez are on track to report to the high A California League affiliate this season.

Former first round draft pick Grant Holmes finished his first professional season with low A Great Lakes posting a 6-4 record with a 3.14 ERA.

The 19-year-old South Carolina native blew away older players with 117 strike outs in 103.1 innings, but some scouts are worried about his secondary pitches.

Whether 19-year-old Yadier Alvarez joins Holmes in Rancho Cucamonga is a big mystery.

While the high A California League makes sense, some people think he will land in short season leagues because of concerns about his durability and his lack of pitches outside of his 98 mph fastball.

The Dodgers spent $16,000,000 to sign the young Cuban flamethrower so it makes sense the team wants a fairly quick return on their investment meaning anything less than a stint with Great Lakes or Rancho Cucamonga would be a step back.

If both potential aces end up in the front end of the Rancho Cucamonga rotation, it could be a preview of a possible 2018 Dodger rotation that includes Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias, and Kenta Maeda.


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