Dodgers prospect Jose De Leon was named the Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year on Saturday.
The 22-year-old right-hander went 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 54 ⅓ innings for Rookie-level Ogden.
De Leon, a native of Puerto Rico, was chosen in the 24th round of the 2013 draft. He was promoted from Ogden on August 12 and finished the season with Low-A Great Lakes of the Midwest League, where he went 2-0 with a 1.19 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 22 ⅔ innings.
I’ve never had an 18-year-old that I’ve played with or managed with that kind of polish with four pitches. You watch him throw a bullpen [session], it’s special. You watch him attack hitters during a game, it’s special. There’s really not enough adjectives to explain or talk about his development this year because it just seems to continue to grow.
From where he started in April, with his struggles through May, as he continued to get better until now, like tonight, he just made it look really, really easy.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was a bit less verbose when asked if Urias had been discussed as a candidate for a September call-up.
Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson achieved a rare Pacific Coast League milestone when he stole his 30th base of the season against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Saturday.
The 22-year-old outfielder now has 31 home runs and 30 steals for the season. No PCL player has posted a 30 home run-30 steal season since Frank Demaree did so in 1934 for the Los Angeles Angels. Demaree hit 45 home runs and stole 41 bases in 186 games that year (it was an epic year).
Pederson has a chance to make his major-league debut with the Dodgers when rosters expand September 1. He’s ranked among the top 50 prospects in baseball by MLB.com, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.
Citing unnamed sources, the Oklahoman reported on its website today that the Dodgers will switch Triple-A affiliates from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City next season.
According to the report, a “group affiliated with the Dodgers” is in the final stages of purchasing the team from Mandalay Sports Entertainment. Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Mandalay Baseball Properties, a subsidiary of MSE.
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A day late on this, but: The Dodgers sent infielder Jesmuel Valentin to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday as one of two players to be named (or cash considerations) in the August 7 trade for Roberto Hernandez.
Valentin, 20, was batting .282 with seven home runs and 47 RBI in 107 games with Single-A Great Lakes in his third professional season after being selected by the Dodgers with the 51st overall pick in the supplemental round in the 2012 draft. On Friday, Valentin went 3 for 4 with a home run; he had a .300/.355/.471 slash line in his final 28 days in the Dodgers’ organization.
The ligament-replacement surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. The standard timeframe for return is 14-18 months.
Fife went 2-2 with a 6.34 earned-run average in 12 games (10 starts) for Triple-A Albuquerque this season. He made one spot start for the Dodgers, allowing four runs in six innings against the Miami Marlins in May.
In 2013, a season interrupted repeatedly by shoulder bursitis, Fife was 4-4 with a respectable 3.86 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) for the Dodgers.
Update (4:00 p.m.): Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that injuries prevented Fife from being in more than one spot-starter discussion this year. “There haven’t been a whole lot of times where we looked and he’s been healthy down there,” Mattingly said. “That was our only time. I think the other time was between him and Red (Patterson) with Minnesota, and Minnesota’s a team that just takes and makes you throw the ball over (the plate). Red’s more of a strike-thrower than Fife.”
The Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes, were involved in a massive brawl this evening during their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks-affiliated Reno Aces. Ten players were ejected:
Ben Ross of KOLO-TV in Reno provided the video and the play-by-play on Twitter:
Guerrero’s rehab was transferred from Single-A Rancho Cucamonga today to Triple-A. The Isotopes are playing a game tonight in Reno, Nevada. It was in a game with Albuquerque that Guerrero had part of his left ear bitten off by Miguel Olivo in the visitors’ dugout in Salt Lake City.
“There’s a good chance had he not had the incident, he probably would’ve been here by now,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said.
Alex Guerrero went 1 for 2, with a double and a fly ball, and played two innings at second base in his first rehab game for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
The infielder is working back from a gruesome fight that cost him a portion of his left ear, bit off by then-teammate Miguel Olivo. Guerrero didn’t play for 51 days after the incident in a Triple-A game May 20.