Alfredo Silverio: Damaged goods or the one that got away?
MLB.com reports that the minor-league outfielder, scooped up by the Miami Marlins in the Rule 5 draft, seems ready to come back from a devastating car accident last year that wiped out his season and ended his tenure with the Dodger organization.
For about a week, Silverio has been working out at the Marlins’ Spring Training complex in Jupiter. He has been taking part in the team’s voluntary minicamp at Roger Dean Stadium.
On the back fields, Silverio is taking batting practice and doing some drills, while not pushing it when it comes to throwing.
“I feel back to normal,” the outfielder said.
Silverio wasn’t one of the three Dodgers prospects ranked among the majors’ top 100 by MLB.com yesterday. (Those spots went to Yasiel Puig, Zach Lee and Joc Pederson.) You figure Silverio either belongs somewhere in that group or he won’t be the same player once he faces live pitching. Only time will tell.
Some links for a midweek morning:
• Jhoulys Chacin and the Rockies avoided arbitration yesterday. The right-hander re-signed for two years and $6.5 million. Chacin, who is 6-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 11 career starts against the Dodgers, is one of the more promising pitchers in an underwhelming Colorado rotation.
• From the New York Times: “Nearly 60 years ago, long before the Dodgers would make a nearly $8 billion television deal with Time Warner Cable, the Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley embarked on a plan that would make his team a lot of money: charging fans to watch home games on a pay-per-view basis.”
• A more current birthday: Dodgers minor-leaguer Nick Evans turned 27 today.
• Omar Vizquel will be a roving instructor for the Angels this season, his first post-retirement job. If nothing else, Vizquel sure could rove.
• Not really a song today, but it’s a good one. Just wait for it: