Joc Pederson achieves historic 30-30 season in Pacific Coast League.

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.

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Approximately 15,000 Matt Kemp figurines a no-show for Sunday’s giveaway.

It’s been a bad year for giveaways at Dodger Stadium.

On Friday, the team announced that because of “unforeseeable circumstances relating to shipping and customs control,” approximately 15,000 Matt Kemp figurines that were to be given away at Dodger Stadium on Sunday “will not be available for distribution.”

Instead, approximately 25,000 remaining figurines will be given out Sunday. Another 15,000 fans will receive vouchers. The fine print:

From Sept. 1-28, the vouchers will be redeemable at the Top of the Park Merchandise Store at Dodger Stadium during games and on non-game days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Fans will also have the option of mailing their vouchers into the Fan Services Department, and the figurines will be sent to them at the address specified on the voucher. Details for redemption by mail will be printed on each voucher.

On July 10, a truck carrying Hello Kitty travel mugs did not make it to Dodger Stadium for distribution as scheduled, and vouchers were issued instead.

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Dodgers prospect Corey Seager named MVP of the California League.

Corey Seager

Corey Seager was named MVP of the California League, where he hasn’t played since July. (Staff photo)

Dodgers prospect Corey Seager was named the California League’s Most Valuable Player on Friday.

The 20-year-old shortstop slashed .352/.411/.633 in 80 games for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga before earning a promotion to Double-A Chattanooga on July 18. Since the promotion, Seager is batting .333/.356/.495.

Seager was the starting shortstop for the California League in the All-Star Game against the Carolina League in Wilmington, Delaware in June. He also started at shortstop for the U.S. at the MLB Futures Game in July.

In addition to Seager, Rancho Cucamonga’s head groundskeeper, Rex Whitney, was honored with the Groundskeeper of the Year award for his excellent work on LoanMart Field throughout the 2014 season.

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Report: Dodgers to switch Triple-A affiliates from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City.

Albuquerque Isotopes logoCiting 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

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Century of the prospect: Joc Pederson’s car to be given away

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:

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Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen: A closer look.

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Pedro Baez has not allowed a run in his last six games. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)


Until recently, the comparisons between Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen were premature at best, superficial at worst.

Jansen converted from a catcher to a pitcher at age 21 in 2009. Two years later, he was pitching for the Dodgers.

Baez converted from a third baseman to a pitcher at age 24 in 2013. One year later, he was pitching for the Dodgers.

The key difference: It’s not an exaggeration to say that Jansen never struggled as a rookie. In his first 25 games with the Dodgers in 2010, he allowed two runs. Two.

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Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws off mound.

Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a low-intensity bullpen session at Dodger Stadium for about five minutes under the watch of head athletic trainer Stan Conte (and interpreter Martin Kim).

That might be considered ahead of schedule. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Ryu wouldn’t be throwing off a mound anytime soon.

Ryu is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained gluteus medius and piriformus muscle in his right buttock. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Ryu could be activated within “a day or two” once he’s eligible to return on August 28.

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