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:
The Dodgers acquired minor league infielder/outfielder Rob Segedin, and a player to be named later or cash, from the New York Yankees in exchange for infielder Ronald Torreyes and pitcher Tyler Olson on Tuesday.
Segedin, 27, had a .350 on-base percentage in 46 games last season for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate.
The Dodgers recently designated Torreyes and Olson for assignment, so the trade doesn’t affect their 40-man roster.
Joe Wieland made two starts for the Dodgers in 2015. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers traded Joe Wieland
to the Seattle Mariners today for 21-year-old infielder Erick Mejia
Mejia wasn’t on the Mariners’ 40-man roster, so trading Wieland brings the Dodgers’ 40-man roster to 39. That would appear to clear the spot needed to add pitcher Yaisel Sierra, who agreed to terms on a six-year contract earlier today.
Here’s a bit about Mejia from a couple prospect watchers:
And here’s more from the Dodgers’ press release: