Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dodgers' SS prospect Darnell Sweeney hits for the cycle at High-A Rancho

Los Angeles Dodgers' shortstop prospect Darnell Sweeney hit for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Inland Empire 66ers.

Sweeney, 21, hit a home run in his first at-bat, a triple in his second, a single in his third and a double in his fourth. He's done this all in just six innings of work.

Quakes' play-by-play man Mike Lindskog said Sweeney could have easily had a triple, but manager Carlos Subero held Sweeney up at second base.

Sweeney was the leadoff hitter for Rancho Cucamonga for the first month-plus of the season. He was moved to the No. 3 spot on Friday night and has taken off a bit:
  • 8-for-20 (.400) with a double, two triples, a home run, three walks and two stolen bases.
I was surprised to see him hitting third on Friday night, but so far, so good.

Sweeney naturally draws comparisons to Dee Gordon, and not because they're both black. They have similar statures and skill sets.

Sweeney doesn't have the ceiling Gordon had, but he could be a Major League regular, if he can stick at shortstop. I have some concerns about that, but for now, that's where he'll play.

I'll have a scouting report on Sweeney in the coming weeks.

Angelo Songco, still with the Quakes, was the last Dodger prospect to play for the Quakes to hit for the cycle. He did so in May 2011 in a 25-9 victory.

Photo credit: Dustin Nosler, Feelin' Kinda Blue

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