The Dodgers recalled pitcher Daniel Coulombe on Thursday and optioned outfielder Chris Heisey to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Coulombe threw 24 pitches in two-thirds of an inning Wednesday for Oklahoma City, allowing two runs. Manager Don Mattingly said that Coulombe will be available during tonight’s game against the Texas Rangers nonetheless.
The left-hander will be making his fourth stint of the season with the Dodgers, having allowed three runs in 3 ⅓ innings in two games. Coulombe had appeared in 16 games with Oklahoma City, posting a 4.82 ERA and limiting opponents to a .232 batting average.
Heisey is batting .154 (4-for-26) with a double and eight walks in 17 major league games this season. He recently gained the five years’ service time necessary to reject a minor-league assignment, but he accepted this one. It’s the fourth time he has been optioned to Oklahoma City since the season began.
Veteran infielder Darwin Barney, who was designated for assignment last week, accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City today.
Barney went 0-for-4 in two games with the Dodgers this season and owned a .214/.273/.532 slash line at Triple-A. He is batting eighth tonight for Oklahoma City.
The Dodgers’ pitcher-heavy draft (non-)strategy is about to be put into action.
The advanced Rookie-level Ogden Raptors begin play tonight. Their roster includes 12 players recently chosen in the June draft: infielder Willie Calhoun (4th round), pitcher Tommy Bergjans (8th), pitcher Kevin Brown (9th), outfielder Logan Landon (10th), catcher Matt Beaty (12th), catcher Jake Hensen (21st), pitcher Andrew Istler (23rd), pitcher Cameron Palmer (24th), pitcher Rob McDonnell (25th), pitcher Marcus Crescentini (26th), pitcher Ivan Vieitez (27th) and shortstop Nick Dean (32nd).
Also on the Raptors’ roster: pitcher Wesley Helsabeck, whom the Dodgers signed as an undrafted free agent.
Of note: Beaty was listed as a catcher when he was drafted, but is listed as an infielder on the Raptors’ roster.
Several more 2015 draftees will begin play with the Rookie-level AZL Dodgers, whose season begins Saturday.
The Dodgers used 25 of their 42 picks on pitchers. Amateur scouting director Billy Gasparino said he was “shocked” the way it turned out, because “we tried to target hitters this year. We went and scouted them a lot, both on the high school and college end.”