Joc Pederson hit 33 home runs and stole 30 bases for Triple-A Albuquerque this season. (Getty Images)
Joc Pederson played his first comments on a major-league roster close to the vest.
How did he feel when he found out he was being called up from Triple-A?
Was he feeling anxious about being called up to the majors this season? No.
“All I can control is what I do,” he said. “That’s all out of my control.”
If nothing else, Pederson’s cliches are major-league ready.
Alex Guerrero hit four home runs in his final 10 games with Triple-A Albuquerque. (Associated Press photo)
Of all the transactions the Dodgers made Monday, when rosters were allowed to expand past the previous 25-man limit, only one could be considered a surprise.
Infielder Carlos Triunfel, whom the Dodgers claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners in April, was designated for assignment.
By removing Triunfel from the 40-man roster, the Dodgers were able to add Joc Pederson to their 40-man roster. Pederson was joined by infielder Alex Guerrero, catcher Tim Federowicz and pitcher Yimi Garcia on the Albuquerque-to-Los Angeles express Monday. Infielders Miguel Rojas and Erisbel Arruebarrena and pitcher Carlos Frias are expected to arrive in the Dodgers’ clubhouse tomorrow.
Pederson and Garcia will be making their major-league debuts.
Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson has a .307/.438/.589 slash line for Triple-A Albuquerque this season, and has stolen 30 bases in 43 attempts. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Before Saturday’s game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly provided the closest thing to a clue about who will be called up from the minor leagues on Monday, when teams are allowed to carry every player on their 40-man roster to every game for the remainder of the season.
(As an aside, the Dodgers play a September series in Chicago against the Cubs. Wrigley Field’s visiting clubhouse is the smallest in the major leagues. This could become baseball’s equivalent of a clown car and I can’t wait to find out how it’ll look.)
Mattingly didn’t name names, but said “I think it’s maybe five or six (players),” noting that injuries could affect the number.
Dodgers prospect Jose De Leon was named the Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year on Saturday.
The 22-year-old right-hander went 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 54 ⅓ innings for Rookie-level Ogden.
De Leon, a native of Puerto Rico, was chosen in the 24th round of the 2013 draft. He was promoted from Ogden on August 12 and finished the season with Low-A Great Lakes of the Midwest League, where he went 2-0 with a 1.19 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 22 ⅔ innings.
Julio Urias ended the Single-A regular season on a 15 1/3 scoreless-inning streak. (Associated Press photo)
Julio Urias‘ manager at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, P.J. Forbes, offered a glowing report to MiLB.com about the 18-year-old pitcher Friday:
I’ve never had an 18-year-old that I’ve played with or managed with that kind of polish with four pitches. You watch him throw a bullpen [session], it’s special. You watch him attack hitters during a game, it’s special. There’s really not enough adjectives to explain or talk about his development this year because it just seems to continue to grow.
From where he started in April, with his struggles through May, as he continued to get better until now, like tonight, he just made it look really, really easy.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was a bit less verbose when asked if Urias had been discussed as a candidate for a September call-up.
“I haven’t heard his name,” Mattingly said.
Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson achieved a rare Pacific Coast League milestone when he stole his 30th base of the season against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Saturday.
The 22-year-old outfielder now has 31 home runs and 30 steals for the season. No PCL player has posted a 30 home run-30 steal season since Frank Demaree did so in 1934 for the Los Angeles Angels. Demaree hit 45 home runs and stole 41 bases in 186 games that year (it was an epic year).
Pederson has a chance to make his major-league debut with the Dodgers when rosters expand September 1. He’s ranked among the top 50 prospects in baseball by MLB.com, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.
Citing unnamed sources, the Oklahoman reported on its website today that the Dodgers will switch Triple-A affiliates from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City next season.
According to the report, a “group affiliated with the Dodgers” is in the final stages of purchasing the Oklahoma City Redhawks from Mandalay Sports Entertainment. Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Mandalay Baseball Properties, a subsidiary of MSE.
The Dodgers have been affiliated with the Albuquerque Isotopes since 2009. From 1963-2000, the Dodgers were affiliated with the Albuquerque Dukes before switching their Triple-A affiliate to Las Vegas. Continue reading
From the Dodgers’ minor league promotions department comes a unique giveaway.
One “lucky” fan at the Albuquerque Isotopes game next Friday will drive away (or “tow away,” per the press release) a 1994 Buick Century belonging to outfielder Joc Pederson.
More from the Isotopes’ press release:
A day late on this, but: The Dodgers sent infielder Jesmuel Valentin to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday as one of two players to be named (or cash considerations) in the August 7 trade for Roberto Hernandez.
Valentin, 20, was batting .282 with seven home runs and 47 RBI in 107 games with Single-A Great Lakes in his third professional season after being selected by the Dodgers with the 51st overall pick in the supplemental round in the 2012 draft. On Friday, Valentin went 3 for 4 with a home run; he had a .300/.355/.471 slash line in his final 28 days in the Dodgers’ organization.
Valentin is the son of former major-league player Jose Valentin.
Hernandez has gone 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts with the Dodgers since the trade.
Minor-league pitcher Stephen Fife will undergo Tommy John surgery today, the Dodgers announced.
The ligament-replacement surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. The standard timeframe for return is 14-18 months.
Fife went 2-2 with a 6.34 earned-run average in 12 games (10 starts) for Triple-A Albuquerque this season. He made one spot start for the Dodgers, allowing four runs in six innings against the Miami Marlins in May.
In 2013, a season interrupted repeatedly by shoulder bursitis, Fife was 4-4 with a respectable 3.86 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) for the Dodgers.
Update (4:00 p.m.): Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that injuries prevented Fife from being in more than one spot-starter discussion this year. “There haven’t been a whole lot of times where we looked and he’s been healthy down there,” Mattingly said. “That was our only time. I think the other time was between him and Red (Patterson) with Minnesota, and Minnesota’s a team that just takes and makes you throw the ball over (the plate). Red’s more of a strike-thrower than Fife.”