Twenty-seven prospects will invade Dodger Stadium this week for the club’s annual winter development camp. (Associated Press photo)
Eighteen-year-old pitching prospect Julio Urias, who was invited to his first major league spring training last week, will take part in the Dodgers’ winter development camp for prospects this week at Dodger Stadium.
The other 23 participants include pitcher Zach Lee, who also took part in last year’s camp and spent all season at Triple-A. Pitchers Carlos Frias and Daniel Coulombe, who earned their first major league call-ups last September, have also been invited. Another pitcher of note is Ross Stripling, who underwent Tommy John surgery in spring training of last year.
Urias isn’t even the youngest invitee. That would be Michael Medina, an outfielder from the Dominican Republic who is 12 days younger than Urias. He finished last season with the Rookie-league AZL Dodgers.
Shortstop prospect Corey Seager, 20, was invited to spring training but was not invited to the camp.
Prospect Julio Urias, 18, pitched one Cactus League inning for the Dodgers in 2014 and did not allow a runner to reach base. (Associated Press photo)
Eighteen-year-old pitching prospect Julio Urias has earned a non-roster invitation to the Dodgers’ 2015 spring training camp. He and top shortstop prospect Corey Seager headline a list of 17 non-roster invitees to the Dodgers’ spring training camp announced Friday.
Shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena, who was designated for assignment nine days ago with four years remaining on his $25 million contract, is also in that group.
Dodgers prospect Darnell Sweeney, who fell a triple short of the cycle Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League, hit a game-winning single to beat the Angels in a Freeway Series game in March. (John McCoy / Staff photographer)
Darnell Sweeney hit two doubles, a home run and a single in five at-bats Wednesday for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League.
The Dodgers prospect needed a triple in his final at-bat in the eighth inning to complete a rare cycle. Instead he doubled off Braves prospect Ryne Harper, settling for a 4-for-5, four-RBI performance in the Desert Dogs’ 10-1 win over Peoria.
Sweeney, a 13th-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2012, spent all of 2014 at Double-A Chattanooga. The versatile 23-year-old posted a .288/.387/.463 slash line and went 15 for 31 in stolen-base attempts. His batting average was above .300 before a late tailspin, and he led the Southern League in walks.
A switch hitter, Sweeney is batting .387 in 10 AFL games. He’s played second base, shortstop and center field.
“He has a chance to be a good player,” Sweeney’s Double-A manager, Razor Shines, said in a September interview. “The strong suit is that he can play all over and he can hit. He hits the ball hard.”
Dodgers prospect Darnell Sweeney is soaked with water and sports drink after hitting a single to center field in the 10th inning, scoring Trayvon Robinson and ending the game. The Dodgers defeated the Angels 5-4 in 10 innings. (John McCoy / Staff photographer)
Hyun-Jin Ryu will start for the Dodgers in San Diego on Sunday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after the Dodgers’ 5-4, 10-inning win over the Angels on Friday.
Ryu is already 1-0 with a 0.00 earned-run average after picking up the win last Sunday in Sydney, Australia. Ryu shut out the Arizona Diamondbacks for five innings before a toe injury caused him to come out of the game.
That injury has healed, Mattingly said, and Ryu will oppose Andrew Cashner at Petco Park in the Padres’ Opening Day game.
Ryu threw a bullpen session prior to Friday’s game and passed that preliminary test. Zack Greinke will pitch the second game of the series Tuesday against Ian Kennedy and Dan Haren will oppose Tyson Ross on Wednesday.
Haren will also start the finale of the Freeway Series on Saturday, a game that’s scheduled to begin just after 6 p.m. at Angel Stadium.
Darnell Sweeney‘s two-run single highlighted a 4-0 win for a team of Dodgers prospects Sunday over Yaquis de Obregon, a Mexican Pacific League squad, at the “Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta” in Tucson.
The Dodgers scored all four runs in the eighth inning. After Sweeney’s single, RBI singles by Adam Law and Cody Bellinger drove in the Dodgers’ final runs.
Left-hander Chris Anderson, the Dodgers’ first-round pick in the 2013 draft, started and pitched 1 ⅔ innings, allowing no hits, no walks, and striking out two.
Tom Windle, the Dodgers’ second-round pick in June, allowed no hits over the next 1 ⅓ innings.