OAKLAND — The Dodgers officially acquired second baseman Chase Utley from the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night, sending Triple-A utilityman Darnell Sweeney and Single-A pitcher John Richy in the two-for-one swap.
I remember the time when the Dodgers sent out Trent Oeltjen a couple years back and Don Mattingly, then in his second year as manager, predicted Oeltjen could be a fourth outfielder somewhere in the major leagues. Maybe that wasn’t factually incorrect. Still, no team ever gave Oeltjen that chance. He spent a year in the minors, went back to his native Australia for a while, then retired.
So take this quote with a grain of salt:
Don Mattingly: "I think every player we sent out yesterday (Britton, Sweeney, Zarraga, Seager, O'Brien) plays in the big leagues." #Dodgers
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) March 19, 2015
Mattingly said that after I asked him to reflect on Corey Seager‘s camp. Here’s the full quote:
“It’s hard to look at Corey without looking at all those kids: (Scott) Schebler, (O’Koyea) Dickson, (Darnell) Sweeney, all those kids. I think every player we sent out yesterday plays in the big leagues — Britton, both catchers. … I don’t know what Andrew and the guys are thinking, about September call-ups. I think if we’re fairly healthy, I don’t expect to see him with us on an everyday basis.”
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: