Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias threw three innings in relief for Triple-A Oklahoma City without allowing a run today. It was his first regular season appearance out of the bullpen in two years.
Urias, 19, has thrown 18 innings this season after throwing 80 ⅓ across four levels last year. His innings will be limited again, perhaps to around 100. By shifting him to the bullpen at least temporarily, the Dodgers can preserve his innings count until later in the season.
SAN FRANCISCO >> The Dodgers signed left-handed pitcher Sean Burnett to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Burnett, 33, spent spring training with the Washington Nationals but didn’t make the Opening Day roster despite not allowing a run in nine appearances. The Dodgers have only one southpaw in their major league bullpen, J.P. Howell, and two others on the 40-man roster stationed at Triple-A: Luis Avilan and Adam Liberatore.
Burnett has pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals and Angels in a career that began in 2004 and was nearly derailed by arm injuries. He didn’t pitch in the majors last season.
BaseballAmerica.com scoured every team’s roster, major and minor leagues, to find the youngest player in each league. Turns out the Dodgers have the first-, second- or third-youngest player in every league; in one case they occupy more than one spot in the rankings.
Corey Seager is the second-youngest player in the National League.
Read the full story here.
Sam LeCure spent parts of the last six seasons in the Cincinnati Reds’ bullpen. (Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers signed right-handed pitcher Sam LeCure to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
LeCure, 31, made 250 appearances over the last six seasons for the Cincinnati Reds, all but 10 in relief. He has a 10-16 record and a 3.51 ERA (3.75 FIP) in his career. LeCure split last season between the majors and Triple-A, and spent spring training in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ camp until he was released.
In eight Cactus League appearances, LeCure allowed seven runs and 11 hits in eight innings. He’s with the team on its season-opening road trip to Nashville.
Former San Diego Padres pitcher Dale Thayer, whom the Dodgers recently signed to a minor league contract, will begin the season at Double-A Tulsa.
Thayer, 35, made 38 appearances for San Diego last year, posting a 4.06 earned-run average and a 4.73 WHIP. The Fountain Beach native prepped at Huntington Beach Edison and broke into the majors with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009.
He’ll be joined in Tulsa by right-hander Chris Anderson, who will pitch out of the Drillers’ rotation after making a couple appearances out of the Dodgers’ bullpen in spring training.
Anderson, 23, was a first-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2013. He made 23 starts for Tulsa last season, going 9-7 with a 4.05 ERA, and made three appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Cody Bellinger and Alex Verdugo, both of whom saw Cactus League action with the Dodgers this spring, are expected to anchor the Double-A lineup. Barry Lewis had a nice story about them for the Tulsa World website today.