The Dodgers made two minor trades Thursday morning, none involving Matt Kemp.
They sent Matt Long to the Angels to complete the trade for catcher Drew Butera. Then they traded Long and pitcher Jarrett Martin for minor-league catcher Shawn Zarraga. None of the players involved are on the 40-man roster.
Zarraga, who turns 26 in January, was born in Aruba. He reached Triple-A in 2014, his seventh pro season, and batted .213/.304/.255 in 17 games. Zarraga has spent his entire career in the Milwaukee organization and batted .283/.376/.371.
Defensively, Zarraga was charged with two passed balls in 67 games last season and threw out 16 of 47 attempted base-stealers.
Zarraga was a 44th-round draft pick by the Brewers in the 2007 draft.
When the Dodgers purchased the Oklahoma City baseball franchise and made it their Triple-A affiliate, the RedHawks nickname figured to have a short shelf life. Sure enough, the Oklahoma City Dodgers were born today.
All of the elements of the new Oklahoma City jerseys and logo were developed by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ graphic design team. Oklahoma City University alumni, coaches and players donned the new threads for this photo reposted to the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ Twitter account:
The Triple-A club begins play April 9, 2015.
Pitching prospect Zach Lee was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster Thursday. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers added pitchers Zach Lee
and Chris Reed, and outfielder Scott Schebler
to their 40-man roster Thursday. Each player was eligible to be taken in the Rule 5 draft in December unless they were on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster by the end of the day.
The Dodgers re-signed pitchers Barry Enright and Juan Gonzalez to minor league contracts Monday, according to BaseballAmerica.com.
The Dodgers claimed Enright off waivers after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies in July. The 28-year-old right-hander pitched in eight games (five starts) for Triple-A Albuquerque last season, going 0-4 with an 8.10 ERA.
Gonzalez spent all of last season at Double-A Chattanooga, his first year in he Dodgers organization after beginning his career in the Colorado Rockies’ system. The 24-year-old right-hander made 54 appearances, all in relief, and limited left-handed hitters to a .225 batting average. Right-handers hit just .256 against Gonzalez, but he struggled with control, walking 47 batters and striking out 48 in 70 innings.
Corey Seager is the Dodgers’ lone representative on the Arizona Fall League’s “Fall Stars” roster. Seager, who’s slashing .255/.345/.412 for the Glendale Desert Dogs, will represent the West team.
The game will be played this Saturday (Nov. 1) at 5 p.m. PT at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona. MLB Network will televise the game, which will also be streamed online at MLB.com.
Scouting and farm directors from every Major League organization, in consultation with Arizona Fall League Director Steve Cobb and his baseball personnel staff, selected the players for the annual showcase that pits top prospects from the Fall League’s East Division and West Division clubs.
Each Major League organization is offered the opportunity to be represented by at least one player.
Dodgers prospect Darnell Sweeney, who fell a triple short of the cycle Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League, hit a game-winning single to beat the Angels in a Freeway Series game in March. (John McCoy / Staff photographer)
hit two doubles, a home run and a single in five at-bats Wednesday for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League.
The Dodgers prospect needed a triple in his final at-bat in the eighth inning to complete a rare cycle. Instead he doubled off Braves prospect Ryne Harper, settling for a 4-for-5, four-RBI performance in the Desert Dogs’ 10-1 win over Peoria.
Sweeney, a 13th-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2012, spent all of 2014 at Double-A Chattanooga. The versatile 23-year-old posted a .288/.387/.463 slash line and went 15 for 31 in stolen-base attempts. His batting average was above .300 before a late tailspin, and he led the Southern League in walks.
A switch hitter, Sweeney is batting .387 in 10 AFL games. He’s played second base, shortstop and center field.
“He has a chance to be a good player,” Sweeney’s Double-A manager, Razor Shines, said in a September interview. “The strong suit is that he can play all over and he can hit. He hits the ball hard.”
Dodgers prospect Julio Urias, who was named the club’s Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year, visited Dodger Stadium for the first time on Friday.
“It’s the nicest stadium I’ve ever been to, aside from Minnesota where I played (in the Futures Game),” he said. “It’s truly incredible and I hope to make it my home from here on out.”
Here, Urias talks about his historic season with Rancho Cucamonga, when he pitched a 2.36 ERA as an 18-year-old in the Single-A California League:
Dodgers prospect Corey Seager, who was named the club’s Branch Rickey co-Minor League Player of the Year on Friday, visited Dodger Stadium and discussed some of the ups and downs of his 2014 season:
Seager added that he won’t be playing Winter League Baseball once his time in the Arizona Fall League is up.
More on the 20-year-old shortstop in tomorrow’s editions.
Joc Pederson hit 33 home runs and stole 30 bases for Triple-A Albuquerque this season. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers chose Julio Urias, 18, as their Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year on Friday. Infielder Corey Seager and outfielder Joc Pederson were chosen as co-Minor League Players of the Year.
The three players, widely regarded as the top three prospects in the organization, will all be at Dodger Stadium to be honored in a pregame ceremony tonight. Pederson will be in uniform because he was promoted to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster on Sept. 1.
Urias had been taking part in the Arizona Instructional League. The 18-year-old left-hander spent the entire season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and went 2-2 with a 2.36 ERA in 25 games (20 starts), and a 1.20 ERA (6 ER/45.0 IP) in 12 games (10 starts) after the All-Star break.
Seager, who turned 20 on April 27, was selected to Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star Team, batting a combined .349 with a minor league-best 50 doubles, five triples, 20 homers, the second-most extra-base hits in the minors (75) and 97 RBI in 118 games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga in his third professional season.
Pederson, 22, was also the Dodgers’ minor league player of the year in 2012. In his first full season at Triple-A, he produced the fourth 30-home run/30-stolen base campaign in Pacific Coast League history.
The 19-year-old Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is home to the Oklahoma City RedHawks.
Making formal a poorly kept secret, the Dodgers announced an agreement today with Mandalay Baseball Properties, LLC to purchase the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks, which will become the team’s new Triple-A affiliate.
The Dodgers had been affiliated with the Albuquerque Isotopes since 2009.
Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber will be the Executive Chairman and Managing Director of the RedHawks. Partners Paul Schaeffer and Larry Freedman (who are not directly involved with the Dodgers) will manage the operations of the company.
According to multiple reports, the ownership structure is a 50/50 arrangement in which Guber owns half of the RedHawks, and the other Dodgers owners control the other half.
The purchase agreement is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approvals of the Pacific Coast League and Minor League Baseball and the review of the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.
“We enjoyed a great relationship with the Albuquerque organization and its fans,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said, “but the opportunity of franchise ownership was one we couldn’t pass up.”