Zach Lee is a two-time Branch Rickey minor league player of the year award winner. (Associated Press photo)
SAN FRANCISCO — Zach Lee and Alex Verdugo were named the Dodgers’ Branch Rickey minor league pitcher and player of the year, respectively, on Thursday.
Lee, 24, has appeared in 22 games this season — one with the Dodgers — with the majority coming at Triple-A. He also won the award in 2013.
Verdugo, 19, opened the season at Single-A Great Lakes and ended it at High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Both players will be at Dodger Stadium on Friday to receive their award prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against the San Diego Padres. Here’s more from a Dodgers press release:
The Dodgers will not renew the contracts of their top two minor league managers, Triple-A Oklahoma City manager Damon Berryhill and Double-A Tulsa manager Razor Shines.
Seven other minor league coaches or instructors will not be brought back in 2016: Oklahoma City hitting coach Franklin Stubbs, Great Lakes pitching coach Glenn Dishman, Arizona Rookie League manager Jack McDowell, instructor Rick Rhoden, Great Lakes coach Angel Sanchez, Ogden hitting coach Darryl Brinkley and instructor Erik Bedard.
The news was especially surprising for Berryhill, who was chosen the Pacific Coast League manager of the year, and Shines, who was chosen by Texas League managers as the league’s best managerial prospect in a Baseball America survey.
No other decisions have been made about the Dodgers’ other minor league coaches, who typically work on one-year contracts, according to director of player development Gabe Kapler. An earlier report on the Dodgers’ website stated that the contract of Single-A Great Lakes hitting coach Jay Gibbons will not be renewed, but that decision has not been made.
Corey Seager (first team shortstop) and Jose De Leon (second team starting pitcher) were chosen to BaseballAmerica.com’s minor league All-Star team today. You can read the full article here.
SAN DIEGO — Chris Heisey was joking Sunday morning that he’s had “80 different teammates this season.” He added Alex Wood, Mat Latos, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan, Chase Utley and Justin Ruggiano on Sunday.
Heisey reconsidered his estimate.
“Probably more like 100,” he said.
Scott Schebler will begin his second major league stint tonight against the San Francisco Giants. (Getty Images)
Outfielder Scott Schebler was en route from Oklahoma City to Los Angeles and is expected to be available for tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants, manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday.