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.
Dodgers infielder Alex Guerrero, whose progress to the majors was stunted when then-teammate Miguel Olivo bit off a portion of his ear during a Triple-A game in May, will continue his rehabilitation playing for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Guerrero had been playing games for the Dodgers’ Rookie-level affiliate in Arizona since July 11. He is due to play second base and bat third today for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, who are playing in Bakersfield until Tuesday.
The Quakes’ next home game is Thursday. Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias is scheduled to start that game.
Why isn’t Jose Dominguez in the major leagues?
Why are Zach Lee‘s numbers so poor?
Why is Matt Magill pitching in relief at Triple-A?
These questions, and a few others, were addressed by Dodgers vice president of player development De Jon Watson in an interview with Examiner.com.
A solo home run by Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson got the Pacific Coast League on the board, but wasn’t enough to thwart defeat in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday in Durham, North Carolina.
Pederson hit a 91-mph fastball from right-hander Ruben Gotay deep to right-center field in the International League’s 7-3 win. The 22-year-old center fielder, the only Dodgers prospect in the game, went 1 for 3 with a walk.
In 79 games with Albuquerque this season, Pederson is hitting .324 with 13 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs and 43 RBIs. He leads the PCL with a .445 on-base percentage.
A simple yet obvious bookkeeping error resulted in a forfeit loss for the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate. Here’s the full text of a Pacific Coast League release explaining why:
The Pacific Coast League has announced an official change to the result of the July 9 game between the El Paso Chihuahuas and Albuquerque Isotopes. The game, which had been suspended due to rain and completed the following day, ended in a final score of Albuquerque 7, El Paso 6. However, that has now been declared an El Paso victory by way of forfeit.
Following the completion of the game, the Pacific Coast League determined that a 26th player was improperly added to the Albuquerque roster prior to the game. Major League Rule 2(c)(2)(b) stipulates the active roster limit for Triple-A teams is 25 players. The violation occurred as a result of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Isotopes major league affiliate, activating an Albuquerque player from the Disabled List without making a corresponding transaction to remove a player from the Triple-A club’s Active List, which was already at the 25-player limit.
Thus, the game becomes a forfeit in the favor of the El Paso club and corresponding adjustments will be made to the teams’ respective won/loss records. Per the Official Baseball Rules, even though the final score will now be listed as a 9-0 El Paso win, individual and team statistics from the game, including runs scored, will count in the official records. However, the pitching records — win, loss, and other — will be erased.
More to come as we get it.
Dodgers prospect Corey Seager is expected to be promoted to Double-A by the Dodgers after his apperance in the Futures Game today. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff photographer)
Dodgers prospects Corey Seager
and Julio Urias
left an impression at the annual Futures Game at Minneapolis’ Target Field on Sunday.
At least one of them won’t be in Single-A much longer.
The 17-year-old Urias became the youngest player to appear in the Futures Game when he pitched the fifth inning for the World team. Urias pitched a scoreless inning, throwing 14 pitches and striking out one batter. His fastball was clocked as fast as 95 mph, according to MLB’s official speed-tracking software, and 97 according to the in-house radar gun.
Seager lined out to end the first inning and was hit by a pitch in his back, but remained in the game, in his only two plate appearances.
Multiple sources confirmed a report Sunday that Seager will be promoted to Double-A Chattanooga after the game.
The Dodgers haven’t made an official announcement, though Seager’s name had been removed from Single-A Rancho Cucamonga’s online roster by Sunday afternoon. He wasn’t on Chattanooga’s roster yet, either.
Seager, 20, is ranked among the top 30 prospects in baseball by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus and MLB.com. He batted .352 with 18 home runs, 70 RBIs and a California League-leading .633 slugging percentage with Rancho Cucamonga.
The Futures Game is showcase game for the top-rated minor-league prospects. The Home Run Derby will be played in Minneapolis tomorrow and the All-Star game will be played there Tuesday.
The Dodgers announced the June winners of the Dodger Pride Awards today. The awards were created in 2008 by general manager Ned Colletti, and are issued on a monthly basis to the players at each level of the club’s minor league system “who play the game with a hustling, smart, aggressive style.” Players and staff on each respective club vote for the awards.
The winners for June are as follows:
One day after it was reported that the Dodgers were signing Roger Bernadina, the journeyman outfielder was officially added to the roster of Triple-A Albuquerque. In a corresponding move, Alex Liddi was sent to Double-A Chattanooga after batting .219 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 44 games.
With Pedro Baez being recalled to take Josh Beckett‘s place on the Dodgers’ major-league roster, left-handed reliever Robert Carson was called up to Albuquerque. He had a 2.12 ERA in 11 games at Double-A and a 10.34 ERA in 14 games with Albuquerque earlier in the season.
The short-season Rookie league Ogden Raptors begin play today. Several members of the Dodgers’ 2014 draft class will be on the roster: pitchers John Richy (third round), Brock Stewart (sixth round), Ryan Taylor (13th) and Joe Broussard (15th); outfielders Colin Hering (10th round), Devin Ahart (16th) and Brian Wolfe (20th); and infielders Ivan Vela (21st) and Jimmy Allen (24th).
The club is managed by former Cy Young Award winner Jack McDowell.
The Dodgers have two other short-season Rookie league affiliates: The Arizona League Dodgers, which begin play Friday and the Dominican Summer League Dodgers, which began play May 31.
Associated Press photo
The Dodgers acquired minor-leaguer Johnny Monell from the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday for cash considerations and assigned the catcher to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Monell, 28, was batting .209/.280/.286 with Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles purchased his contract after the San Francisco Giants non-tendered him in November of last year. Monell is a second-generation professional baseball player with a nice back story.
He has eight games of major-league experience, all with the Giants in September of last year. He had one hit in eight at-bats.
In an unrelated move, Jeremy Hazelbaker was promoted to Albuquerque from Double-A Chattanooga, where he was batting .285 with seven triples and 11 steals in 46 games.