Dodgers sign Ramon Troncoso to a minor-league contract.

The Dodgers are bringing a familiar name into their minor-league camp this season: Pitcher Ramon Troncoso.

Troncoso, who was released by the Kansas City Royals July 10 after a subpar season at Triple-A, did not receive an invitation to the Dodgers’ major-league camp.

The right-hander, who turns 32 on February 16, went 1-6 with a 4.30 earned-run average last season for the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate. He last appeared in the majors with the Chicago White Sox in 2013, going 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 29 appearances.

Troncoso had one outstanding season and three bad ones for the Dodgers from 2008-11. He pitched in 73 games in 2009, going 5-4 with a 2.72 ERA. Since then he has a 4.89 ERA in 99 games for the Dodgers and White Sox, including 16 home runs allowed.

The Dodgers originally signed Troncoso as a teenager in the Dominican Republic in 2002.

Corey Seager tops list of top 10 Dodgers prospects (

We’ve read enough prospect-ranking lists lately to declare late January/early February its own “season.”

Prospect ranking season.

This might be the end of prospect ranking season. At the very least, we’re close. released its list of the organization’s top 10 prospects. Click on over for the details; here’s the list of 10:

10. Darnell Sweeney
9. Scott Schebler
8. Zach Lee
7. Alex Verdugo
6. Jose De Leon
5. Chris Anderson
4. Grant Holmes
3. Joc Pederson
2. Julio Urias
1. Corey Seager

Dodgers sign infielder/outfielder Albert Cartwright, who comes with a catch.

Albert Cartwright hasn’t caught since high school. The 27-year-old has spent the last six-plus seasons in the Astros and Phillies organizations shuffling between second base, center field and left field.

However, the Dodgers have signed Cartwright to a minor-league contract with the opportunity of becoming a catcher again, either full-time or part-time. Cartwright’s contract does not include an invitation to major-league spring training.

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Corey Seager (7), Julio Urias (8), Joc Pederson (13) among top 100 prospects (

Three Dodgers prospects ranked among the top 13 in baseball on’s annual rankings of the top 100 prospects in baseball.

Shortstop Corey Seager (7), pitcher Julio Urias (8), outfielder Joc Pederson (13) and pitcher Grant Holmes (95) all made the list. Pitcher Zach Lee,’s number-63 prospect prior to the 2014 season, dropped off the list entirely.

If you’re seeing a pattern here, good. That means you’ve been paying attention. had Seager, Urias and Pederson as the Dodgers’ top three prospects. and have Seager, Urias and Pederson as the Dodgers’ top three prospects. Their top 100 overall prospects have yet to be revealed. counted down its rankings to number 21 today; the top 20 have yet to be revealed.

You can guess how the list ends.

Dodgers have the 10th-best farm system in baseball (

The Dodgers’ farm system, defined as every player in the organization who hasn’t achieved Rookie of the Year eligibility yet, is the 10th-best in baseball according to

Writes Keith Law:

Their front three prospects are the strongest in the game, and their top 10 is still strong, but it thins out very quickly beyond their 10th or 11th guy. In terms of just guys with the potential to be stars, they rival the Cubs and Twins.

The Cubs took the top spot on Law’s list. The Twins ranked second.

As for the Dodgers’ top three prospects, the consensus trio is pitcher Julio Urias, outfielder Joc Pederson and shortstop Corey Seager (in some order). That’s true both inside the organization and outside.

Law ranked the Dodgers’ organization 22nd as recently as 2011.

Dodgers’ Corey Seager ranked the number-four shortstop prospect in baseball (

Corey Seager

Dodgers shortstop prospect Corey Seager, 20, slashed .345/.381/.534 after getting called up to Double-A last season. (Staff photo) is ranking its top 10 prospects by position, and Corey Seager checked in at number four on today’s list of the top shortstops.

Writes Jonathan Mayo:

Kyle Seager is an All-Star and Gold Glove third baseman who just got a big contract extension from the Mariners. Scary thing is his kid brother might have more upside. He’s as good a hitter as there is in the Minor Leagues, one who’s bat will profile well even if he has to eventually move to third, a move most foresee. He has All-Star potential wherever he plays.

Seager, 20, recently received his first invitation to the Dodgers’ major-league spring training camp.

Erik Bedard and Ben Rowen bring Dodgers’ list of non-roster invitees to 18.

Erik Bedard

Erik Bedard went 4-6 with a 4.76 earned-run average in 17 games (15 starts) for the Tampa Bay Rays last season.

The Dodgers announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen and left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard to minor-league contracts with invitations to major league spring training camp.

That brings the number of non-roster invitees to 18:

Pitchers (8): Chris Anderson, Erik Bedard, Ryan BuchterDavid HuffJosh Ravin, Ben RowenSergio Santos, Julio Urias

Position players (10): Erisbel ArruebarrenaBuck BrittonMatt Carson, O’Koyea Dickson, Kyle Jensen, Chris O’Brien, Corey SeagerAli SolisDarnell Sweeney,Shawn Zarraga

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Dodgers sign left-hander Jeremy Horst to minor-league contract.

Jeremy Horst

The Dodgers signed left-hander Jeremy Horst to a minor league contract. (Getty Images)

If the Dodgers end up extending a spring training invitation to another left-handed pitcher from their minor-league ranks (now that Robert Carson‘s invitation has been withdrawn), here’s a name to pay attention to: Jeremy Horst.

The Dodgers signed Horst, 29, to a minor-league contract. Currently he does not have an invitation to the major-league camp. The Wyoming native has appeared in 72 major-league games over parts of three seasons with the Reds and Phillies from 2011-13.

In 2014, Horst appeared in 45 games (three starts) for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate, and posted a 4-2 record and a 3.98 earned-run average. When the Phillies outrighted Horst for the second time, he elected free agency.

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Two Dodgers minor-leaguers suspended for positive drug tests. Update.

Robert Carson

Dodgers minor-league pitcher Robert Carson was suspended 50 games Tuesday for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. (Getty Images)

Dodgers minor-league pitcher Robert Carson and outfielder Theo Alexander were suspended 50 games on Tuesday for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Carson, a 26-year-old left-hander, was one of seven minor-league pitchers whom the Dodgers invited to spring training. He has pitched in 31 major-league games in his career, all with the New York Mets from 2012-13. Carson finished last season with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, pitching in 18 games out of the bullpen with a 5.40 ERA.

Alexander, a seventh-round draft pick in 2012, was listed on the roster of Rookie-level Ogden. He batted .217 in 43 games with the Raptors last year.

Both suspensions are effective at the beginning of the regular season. Under the Joint Drug Agreement between MLB and the Players’ Association, all minor-league players are subject to random out-of-season testing.

Update (2:20 p.m.): Carson’s spring training invite has been rescinded. The Dodgers currently are inviting 16 players to spring training as non-roster invitees. The new list:

Pitchers (6): Chris Anderson, Ryan Buchter, David HuffJosh RavinSergio Santos, Julio Urias

Position players (10): Erisbel Arruebarrena, Buck BrittonMatt Carson, O’Koyea Dickson, Kyle Jensen, Chris O’Brien, Corey Seager, Ali SolisDarnell Sweeney,Shawn Zarraga