Oklahoma City's Verdugo emerges from skid

Top Dodgers prospect rediscovers his form during three-hit night

Alex Verdugo recorded his first three-hit game in the Pacific Coast League since Aug. 12. (Bobby Stevens/MiLB.com)

By Josh Horton / MiLB.com | August 27, 2018 12:02 AM

August has not been kind for Alex Verdugo -- at least by his standards. But with Sept. 1 right around the corner, the top Dodgers prospect might be trending in the right direcition. 

MLB.com's No. 28 overall prospect broke out with three hits and scored once in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 3-1 win over Colorado Springs on Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

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Verdugo recorded a single to each part of the field, poking a single up the middle in the first inning off Sky Sox starter Aaron Wilkerson (3-5), dribbling one to right field with two outs in the third and then leading off the eighth with an opposite-field hit to left, raising his average to .335. The left-handed outfielder's first two hits both came with two strikes. 

Video: Oklahoma City's Verdugo notches third single

In his previous 10 games, Verdugo batted .152 in his last 10 games, including a hitless stretch in five games from Aug. 15 to Aug. 23. 

A member of the Dodgers' 40-man roster, the second-round pick in 2014 is a likely candidate to be recalled to Los Angeles when rosters expand on Sept. 1. Verdugo has made two separate stints with the Dodgers this season, compiling a slash line of .280/.345/.440 in 50 at-bats. 

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The 22-year-old sports the best average of any qualified Triple-A hitter this season at .335 and one of the lowest strikeout percentages at 13.3 percent, 12th-lowest at Triple-A. 

Kyle Farmer roped a two-run homer in the sixth for the Dodgers. 

Josh Horton is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @joshhorton22 This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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