Corey Seager is Baseball Prospectus’ number-1 prospect going into the 2016 season. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers have six of the top 101 prospects in baseball, according to Baseball Prospectus, including the top-ranked player on the list, shortstop Corey Seager.
Pitchers Julio Urias (6), Jose De Leon (28), Grant Holmes (40), Yadier Alvarez (78) and outfielder Yusniel Diaz (91) also made the list.
Ranking baseball prospects is a sport unto itself with many participants. You can read BP’s take on each of those guys here.
Dodgers minor leaguer Angelo Songco is on the roster for the team from the Philippines scheduled to play in the World Baseball Classic qualifying series beginning Feb. 11 in Sydney, Australia.
Songco, 27, recently signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers after spending last season in the independent American Association. The first baseman batted .339/.415/.580 for the St. Paul Saints.
Songco was born in Van Nuys and played collegiately for Loyola Marymount. Taken by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2009 draft, he reached as high as Double-A before the Dodgers released him in 2014.
The winner of the qualifying tournament between Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and South Africa will advance to compete in the 2017 WBC.
Former Dodgers Don Drysdale, Fernando Valenzuela and Pedro Martinez are among the 15 men in the first-ever California League Hall of Fame class.
Drysdale, Valenzuela and Martinez were all developed in the Dodgers’ organization and spent one year or less with the team’s Single-A California League affiliate.
The other inductees are are George Brett, Bruce Bochy, Jose Cruz Jr., Ken Griffey Jr., Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Sam Lynn, Xavier Nady, Vada Pinson, Gary Sheffield, Bob Talbot, and Omar Vizquel.
It’s an interesting concept, a Hall of Fame based on a class of people who largely spent one year or less in the league. The Cal League is celebrating 75 years of existence in 2016, so this is the tie-in. The league will host a Hall of Fame celebration on June 21 in Lake Elsinore prior to the California-Carolina League All-Star Game.
We might not mention it again until then.
Jordan Schafer had a .228/.308/.307 slash line in 463 games at the major-league level. He recently signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers, who will use him primarily as a pitcher. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers made a curious minor league signing last week. Jordan Schafer has spent the last 10 seasons as an outfielder in the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins organizations. Schafer will still be able to hit, or work on hitting, but the Dodgers’ emphasis will be on pitching.
John Valentin, the Dodgers’ assistant hitting coach the last two seasons under Mark McGwire, will be the hitting coach at Single-A Great Lakes in 2016.
The Dodgers announced most of their minor league coaching staffs Thursday; their minor league managers were announced in December. Farm director Gabe Kapler made a point of appointing at least one Spanish-speaking coach at every level last year and it appears that will continue, though the team’s two short season Rookie-ball affiliates have only announced partial staffs so far.
Here are the names we have: