First baseman Justin Yurchak had a productive season in the Los Angeles Dodgers system. Yurchak’s big season began in Ogden and finished in Great Lakes with the prospect slashing .321/.418/.571 with a .988 OPS.
In his 240 at-bats in 2019, Yurchak picked up 19 doubles, a triple, and 13 home runs between the two levels. His production was definitely a welcome sign for Dodgers’ fans, as there’s a major emphasis on power for first basemen.
Addressing this area more during extended spring training this year, Yurchak is happy with his 2019 results.
“Extended was a strength program for me, and I also worked on some swing mechanics,” explained Yurchak. “I was working on a bunch of things whether it was strength with my body, or stuff with my swing. I definitely believe it helped me in the long run.”
Another thing that helped him springboard his numbers with the low-A Great Lakes Loons was the instruction he received from Loons hitting coach Justin Viele.
“I started off slow here,” Yurchak said of his promotion to the Loons. “But JV has really got me back in the zone since then. It really has been great working with him.”
But Yurchak worked on more than his power, strength, and swing in 2019; he also worked on his game at first base.
Logging 517.1 innings in the field between the two levels, Yurchak took part in 46 double plays and assisted on another 17 plays while maintaining a .996 fielding percentage.
And for Dodgers’ fans who aren’t familiar with Yurchak, he came to the organization last offseason in the deal that sent Manny Banuelos to the Chicago White Sox.
Yurchak was excited for the opportunity to join the Dodgers system, as he knew they had a long tradition of developing young players.
“It has been great,” stated Yurchak about joining the Dodgers system. “It has been a very welcoming transition over here. The Dodgers are known for developing young players, and I feel it’s translating so far.”
Be sure to watch Justin Yurchak in 2020, as he continues to be a prospect on the rise in the Dodgers system.