Joc Pederson gave a seemingly mundane interview [above] to MLB.com today, talking about his personal development as a hitter and the rookie development camp going on this week in Los Angeles. Two things to keep in mind about what he said:
The Dodgers will retain six of their minor-league managers in 2015 while adding a fourth coach at every level.
Damon Berryhill (Triple-A Oklahoma City) and Razor Shines (Double-A Tulsa) will be moving to Oklahoma with the club’s top two affiliates. P.J. Forbes (Single-A Rancho Cucamonga) and Bill Haselman (Single-A Great Lakes) won’t change addresses. John Shoemaker (Rookie-advanced Ogden) and Jack McDowell (Rookie-level AZL Dodgers) will switch positions.
We’ll be getting comments from Dodgers farm director Gabe Kapler shortly. Here is the Dodgers’ complete 2015 minor league coaching roster:
Eighteen-year-old pitching prospect Julio Urias, who was invited to his first major league spring training last week, will take part in the Dodgers’ winter development camp for prospects this week at Dodger Stadium.
Urias is one of 27 prospects who will take part in this year’s camp, up from 15 a year ago. Earlier today we posted a partial list of four prospects who will take part in the eighth annual camp (Grant Holmes, Jose De Leon, Cody Bellinger, Ryan Scott).
The other 23 participants include pitcher Zach Lee, who also took part in last year’s camp and spent all season at Triple-A. Pitchers Carlos Frias and Daniel Coulombe, who earned their first major league call-ups last September, have also been invited. Another pitcher of note is Ross Stripling, who underwent Tommy John surgery in spring training of last year.
Catcher Austin Barnes, who was acquired in the trade that sent Dee Gordon and Dan Haren to the Miami Marlins, will take part in the camp. So will outfielders Scott Schebler and Darnell Sweeney, who will be in the Dodgers’ major league spring training camp.
Urias isn’t even the youngest invitee. That would be Michael Medina, an outfielder from the Dominican Republic who is 12 days younger than Urias. He finished last season with the Rookie-league AZL Dodgers.
Shortstop prospect Corey Seager, 20, was invited to spring training but was not invited to the camp.
A partial list of participants in the Dodgers’ rookie development camp was revealed Monday. Sort of.
Catcher Ryan Scott, first baseman Cody Bellinger and pitchers Grant Holmes and Jose De Leon all announced via Twitter that they were flying to Los Angeles and/or participating in the annual camp this week. See below:
Shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena, who was designated for assignment nine days ago with four years remaining on his $25 million contract, is also in that group.
Here is the full list:
Chin-Hui Tsao, in all likelihood, will never pitch a meaningful game for the Dodgers this season. He signed a minor league contract last month and has not received an invitation to the club’s major league spring training camp.
But Tsao’s alleged involvement in fixing a game in the Taiwanese League has been well-documented (see here and here) and makes his return to North America intriguing, to say the least. Tsao pitched for the Dodgers in 2007, appearing in 21 major-league games. He also spent time in the Rockies and Royals organizations before returning to his native Taiwan.
Now he’s back, in a minor-league uniform at least. General manager Farhan Zaidi briefly discussed Tsao and the controversy surrounding the pitcher on Wednesday:
The Dodgers have agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Sergio Santos, according to multiple reports Tuesday. Santos, 31, went 0-3 with an 8.57 earned-run average in 26 appearances for Toronto in 2014, a season cut short by injuries.
Santos missed 33 games with a forearm strain in 2014 and was placed on the 60-day DL in 2013 because of a triceps strain. In 2012, his first year with the Blue Jays, he underwent surgery in his right shoulder to repair a frayed shoulder labrum.
Santos, from Hacienda Heights, prepped his freshman year at Los Altos High and then transferred to Mater Dei.
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.