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OKC Dodgers eye first league title since 1996 in PCL Championship Series vs. Round Rock

The Oklahoma City Dodgers’ historical regular season concluded Sunday. Now, it’s onto the playoffs.

OKC hosts the Round Rock Express in the Pacific Coast League Championship Series — a best-of-three matchup — beginning Tuesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Each game is set for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

Winner of the series plays the International League champion — either the Durham Bulls or Norfolk Tides — in the Triple-A National Championship game Saturday in Las Vegas.

It’s a chance for the Dodgers to add to a remarkable season.

They won 90 games, the most for an OKC team in the Bricktown era that began in 1998. The win total is also the second-most in OKC’s Triple-A history, beginning in 1962 and trailing only the 1965 89ers’ 91 wins.

That added up to a first-place overall finish in the PCL standings and a first-half championship, which sealed the playoff series.

OKC has not won a league title since 1996.

Here is a look at the upcoming series:

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How to listen, watch OKC Dodgers vs. Round Rock in PCL Championship

When: 7:05 p.m. Tuesday; 7:05 p.m. Wednesday; 7:05 p.m. Thursday (if necessary)

Where: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City

Streaming: MiLB First Pitch app; Bally Live app

Radio: 1340-AM; MiLB First Pitch or iHeartRadio apps

How to buy tickets for PCL Championship

Online: All tickets are digital and available for purchase at okcdodgers.com/tickets.

Price range: $12-$37.

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OKC Dodgers promotions for PCL Championship

Tuesday: Bark in the Park*; $2 Tuesday featuring $2 select beer, soda and bottled water with COOP Ale Works draft beer for $3; First 1,000 fans receive rally towel at gates, which open at 6 p.m.

Wednesday: First 1,000 fans receive thunder sticks at gates, which open at 6 p.m.; Thunder guard Lindy Waters III, a former Norman North and Oklahoma State star, is scheduled to throw out the first pitch.

*— Waiver required and can be found at okcdodgers.com

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OKC Dodgers infielder Michael Busch is batting .323 with 27 home runs, an on-base percentage of .431 and slugging percentage of .618.
OKC Dodgers infielder Michael Busch is batting .323 with 27 home runs, an on-base percentage of .431 and slugging percentage of .618.

Prospects to watch in OKC vs. Round Rock PCL Championship

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers have nine of their top 30 prospects with OKC entering the series. Here is a look at the top three, according to MLB.com’s rankings:

Michael Busch, 3B/2B: The Dodgers’ second-ranked prospect, Busch was recently named the Dodgers’ minor league player of the year by the organization and Baseball America. The former first-round pick from North Carolina also hit his 27th homer of the season Sunday and is batting .323 with an on-base percentage of .431 and slugging percentage of .618.

Nick Frasso, RHP: The big righty is the Dodgers’ fourth-overall prospect. He has made four starts for OKC after beginning the season in Double-A Tulsa and is 1-2 with a 3.26 ERA over 19 ⅓ innings in that span.

Gavin Stone, RHP: Los Angeles’ fifth-best prospect has split time between OKC and the majors. With OKC, Stone is 7-4 with a 4.74 ERA in 21 games, including 19 starts. He’s struck out 121 batters. With L.A., he’s 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in eight appearances, including four starts.

Other top-30 prospects: Andy Pages, OF (6); River Ryan, RHP (8); Landon Knack, RHP* (9); Jorbit Vivas, 2B/3B (10); Kyle Hurt, RHP (12); Hunter Feduccia, C (29)

*— on injured list

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Feb 22, 2023; Glendale, AZ, US; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Gavin Stone poses for a portrait during photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 22, 2023; Glendale, AZ, US; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Gavin Stone poses for a portrait during photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers

Like the Dodgers, the Rangers have nine of their top prospects with Round Rock for the series. Here’s a look at the top trio:

Wyatt Langford, OF: Texas’ No. 2 prospect was just selected No. 4 overall in July’s draft. The former Florida star skyrocketed through the minors and is with his fourth team. In just five games with Round Rock, he’s posted a 1.064 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. In just 44 minor league games, his OPS is 1.157.

Jack Leiter, RHP: The No. 2 overall pick out of Vanderbilt in 2021, Leiter is the Rangers’ No. 5 overall prospect. He made his Triple-A debut Saturday, allowing three runs on eight hits — including two homers — and two walks over 3 ⅓ innings. He struck out four.

Justin Foscue, 2B/3B: Texas’ sixth-overall prospect, Foscue has put together a strong year at the plate. The former first-round pick out of Mississippi State has an .862 OPS, 18 homers and 84 RBIs in 122 games.

Other top-30 prospects: Owen White, RHP (8); Dustin Harris, OF/1B (10); Marc Church, RHP (19); Jonathan Ornelas, SS/2B (21); Antoine Kelly, LHP (26); Cole Winn, RHP (28).

This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: OKC Dodgers eye Pacific Coast League title vs. Round Rock Express