Dodgers lefty Crawford stars in DSL no-no

Los Angeles' 18-year-old extends scoreless streak in combined gem

Leonardo Crawford is seen posing with his family during a news conference for his signing last July. (VivaNicaragua13)

By Danny Wild / | June 11, 2015 10:31 PM

A hidden gem in Nicaragua two years ago, left-hander Leonardo Crawford has quickly proven Dodgers scouts right.

The 18-year-old combined with two relievers on a no-hitter Thursday in just his third career Minor League outing as Los Angeles' Rookie-level Dominican Summer League affiliate blanked the DSL Mets, 7-0.

Crawford (3-0) struck out nine and walked one over 6 1/3 innings before Wally Vrolijk and Johan Diaz worked the final 2 2/3 innings to seal the no-no. The southpaw from Puerto Cabezas has allowed just five hits in 17 1/3 scoreless innings since his Dodgers debut on May 30.

Vrolijk struck out two in 1 2/3 frames before Diaz worked around a walk in the ninth to finish the no-hitter. Jimy Perez and Felix Osorio homered in the fourth for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers inked Crawford as one of their international free agents last year. Although the organization reportedly had a deal in place with the young lefty in May 2013, the signing wasn't announced until last July on the first day of the 2014-15 international signing period. He received a $47,500 bonus, a small portion of the Dodgers' allotted bonus pool total of $1,963,800.

The 6-foot, 180-pound lefty allowed two hits over five innings in his Dodgers debut on May 30 before striking out six and limiting the DSL Mariners to three hits and a walk over six frames on June 5. He's struck out 19 batters in 17 1/3 frames.

The DSL Dodgers' gem Thursday is the first no-hitter in the Dominican Summer League since former Yankees prospect Rafael De Paula threw a rain-shortened five-inning no-no on Aug. 7, 2012.

Danny Wild is an editor for Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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