Verdugo went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, one RBI and a walk in Saturday's 7-6 win over San Diego.
Verdugo's hot start to 2019 continues as his OPS is now up to .981 across 85 plate appearances. He brought home the game-winning run on Saturday after drawing a bases-loaded walk. The 22-year-old has a more regular role in the lineup now with A.J. Pollock (elbow) on the injured list for a while following his surgery.
Verdugo was included in the lineup for the third consecutive game and for the fourth time in five games in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Giants, finishing 1-for-3 to keep his season batting average at .333. The 22-year-old's stellar bat-to-ball skills had already positioned him well to pick up more playing time, but he should now have a lock on something resembling a full-time role in the outfield with Pollock at least temporarily out of the picture. With the league-wide batting average sitting at .246, Verdugo projects as a major asset in the category and could be worth rostering even in shallower formats despite his modest power and speed.
Verdugo is in the starting lineup Friday, hitting seventh and playing right field against the Brewers, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
The 22-year-old rode the bench before making a pinch-hit appearance Thursday, but he'll start Friday as the Dodgers take on Milwaukee. Verdugo will try to continue his hot start, as he's raking to the tune of a .364/.378/.682 slash line through 44 at-bats.
The 22-year-old continued his red-hot hitting, lacing three more hits to bring his slash line up to a blistering .375/.390/.725 through 40 at-bats, to go along with three long balls and 12 RBI. He's earned an expanded role for the time being, and while his current pace is unsustainable, manager Dave Roberts will have to keep giving him at-bats as long as he continues to produce.
Verdugo went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Sunday's 7-1 win over Milwaukee.
Verdugo got the offense rolling early with a two-run single in the first inning before later hitting a solo shot. The rookie is taking full advantage of his bigger role with the Dodgers, hitting .343 with nine RBI in 35 at-bats this season.
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|2015||AFX-Great Lakes Loons||101||421||50||124||23||2||5||42||17||53||13||5||.325||.394||.295|
|2015||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||23||91||20||35||9||2||4||19||4||12||1||0||.406||.659||.385|
|2017||AAA-Oklahoma City Dodger||117||433||67||136||27||4||6||62||52||50||9||3||.389||.436||.314|