Free agent infielder Yoan Moncada is 23rd.
February 23 will mark the seventh anniversary of Fidel Castro’s final day as president of Cuba.
In the United States, it’s Yoan Moncada Day.
The free agent infielder will sign with a major-league team sometime in the next 12 days, his representative told ESPN.com. From Jerry Crasnick’s piece:
That’s in addition to the 24th overall pick that was theirs by virtue of their 2014 regular season record.
None of this became official until today, when the 2015 draft order was finally set. Why did it take so long?
Because Shields rejected a qualifying offer from the Kansas City Royals before signing with the Padres, the Padres forfeited the 13th overall pick in the draft (and won’t draft until the 41st overall pick). And because Shields was the last unsigned free agent who’d rejected a qualifying offer, every team can confidently say where it will pick June 8.
That’s the short version of what went into setting the draft order; BaseballAmerica.com has a nice breakdown of the particulars.
The Caribbean Series is over. The Cuban club from Pinar del Rio beat the Mexican entry from Culiacan, 3-2, to claim the championship Sunday.
It’s worth mentioning that Dodgers infielder/outfielder Enrique Hernandez had a strong series. His Puerto Rico club didn’t make the final, but Hernandez went 3 for 11 with a home run and two RBIs in three games. That followed a 15-game stint in the Puerto Rican Winter League in which Hernandez slashed .279/.328/.377.
Those numbers won’t blow you away, but in such a small sample size there’s going to be more to the story than just numbers.
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) February 6, 2015
We should also mention Dodgers minor-league infielder Brandon Dixon, who had a productive three games in the Australian Baseball League championship Sunday. Playing for the Adelaide Bite, Dixon went 4 for 14 (.286) with at least one hit in each game of the three-game series.
Dixon batted .289 with nine home runs in 47 games during the ABL regular season. That’s equal to the number of home runs he hit in 94 games last season in the hitter-friendly California League.
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.
Former Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly will reportedly avoid jail time after entering a no contest plea in San Luis Obispo County court to charges of insurance fraud.
The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported that Lilly, 39, must pay a $2,500 fine, serve two years of informal probation and perform 250 hours of local community service, which he must complete within 12 months.
The details of the crime as described in the report are remarkably pedestrian. From the Tribune‘s report:
Lilly had faced three felony charges of filing a false insurance claim, filing a false statement in connection with an insurance claim, and concealing a material fact in connection with an insurance claim.
The [California Department of Insurance] investigation showed Lilly damaged the (recreational) vehicle in a collision and sought an estimate from a body shop on March 19, Kincaid said. That estimate was $4,600. Lilly then bought insurance from Progressive Insurance Corp. on March 24 and claimed the damage to Progressive on March 28, Kincaid said.
The arrest came as part of a Department of Insurance sweep, in which warrants were served in 22 counties and which has resulted in prosecutors filing some 200 felony counts.
Lilly was forced to retire after a series of injuries cut short his 2013 season with the Dodgers after five major-league starts. He went 24-21 with a 3.83 ERA over parts of four seasons in Los Angeles.
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.
DodgersDigest.com released its list of the organization’s top 10 prospects. Click on over for the details; here’s the list of 10:
Olivera, 29, hasn’t been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball. He reportedly defected from Cuba last September. In 10 seasons in Cuba’s top league, Olivera was a career .323/.407/.505 hitter who walked more often than he struck out. Listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds by BA, his power translated well in Friday’s showcase. And the Dodgers were watching. Writes Ben Badler:
Of all the teams at the showcase today, the Dodgers had the most notable presence. Dodgers vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes, VP of amateur and international scouting David Finley and director of player personnel Galen Carr were all there.
The report also lists the Diamondbacks, Giants, Mariners, Padres and Braves as interested parties.
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.