Signed less than one year ago, Dodgers pitching prospect Leonardo Crawford is already making a name for himself in the Dominican Summer League.
The southpaw started his third pro game on Thursday and contributed the majority of the DSL's first no-hitter since 2012. Crawford struck out nine hitters and walked one in 6 2/3 innings, giving way to a pair of relievers -- Wally Vrolijk and Johan Diaz -- who finished the no-no.
The Dodgers only spent $47,500 of their allotted $1,963,800 bonus pool total on Crawford last July, according to MiLB.com. Crawford allowed two hits in five innings in his debut on May 30 and struck out six while giving up three hits and a walk in his next start on June 5. Over 17 1/3 innings this year, he stands at 3-0 and has already shelved 19 hitters.
Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.