Ross Stripling throws four scoreless innings in return to mound.

We won’t update every increment of Ross Stripling’s progress from Tommy John surgery here, but today was a big day. Once a top-10 prospect in the Dodgers’ system, the 25-year-old right hander pitched his first competitive game since 2013 on Sunday for Single-A Great Lakes.

Stripling threw four scoreless innings in the Loons’ 3-2 win over Quad Cities. He walked two of the first four hitters he faced and allowed a single, but got out of the first inning without allowing a run by virtue of a double-play flyout.

Over the next three innings, only one runner reached base against Stripling, on a fielding error. His ERA remained a perfect 0.00.

The average age of Midwest League hitters is around 22, so a healthy Stripling figured to have success today. The news today is that he’s healthy — great news for the 2012 fifth-round draft pick.

Ross Stripling will start Saturday for Dodgers’ Single-A affiliate.

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The right-handed pitcher was a fifth-round draft pick by the Dodgers a short three years ago. He rose the prospect ranks (see here, here and here) and was invited to spring training in 2014, where he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and needed Tommy John surgery.

Stripling will make his first start since the surgery this Saturday for Single-A Great Lakes, a road game at Quad Cities. He is ultimately expected to report to Double-A Tulsa.

The typical recovery period for Tommy John patients to return to game action is 12-18 months (for pitchers, at least). It’s been 14 months since Stripling had his surgery.

Stripling, 25, had a 2.78 earned-run average in 21 games (16 starts) for the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate (then the Chattanooga Lookouts) in 2013.

Update: 27 Dodgers prospects will participate in winter development camp.

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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.

Urias is one of 27 prospects who will take part in this year’s camp, up from 15 a year ago. Earlier today we posted a partial list of four prospects who will take part in the eighth annual camp (Grant Holmes, Jose De Leon, Cody Bellinger, Ryan Scott).

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.

Catcher Austin Barnes, who was acquired in the trade that sent Dee Gordon and Dan Haren to the Miami Marlins, will take part in the camp. So will outfielders Scott Schebler and Darnell Sweeney, who will be in the Dodgers’ major league spring training camp.

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.

Here’s the full list, via DodgerInsider.com:
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