Watch: Dodgers pitching prospect Yadier Alvarez, 20, touches 100 mph in Single-A game.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — In his longest outing of spring training so far, Dodgers pitching prospect Yadier Alvarez was clocked at 100 mph on the radar gun in his third and final inning of a Single-A game against the Kansas City Royals at Camelback Ranch.

Two of the three scouts I spoke with had the 20-year-old clocked at 100; the other had him topping out at 99.

The Dodgers are expected to assign Alvarez to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga or Great Lakes to begin the season. Alvarez, who is from Cuba, signed with the Dodgers for a $16 million bonus last July.

Watch: Yaisel Sierra cleared to practice with Dodgers, meets media for the first time.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Pitcher Yaisel Sierra received clearance to practice with the Dodgers on Tuesday, and the pitcher met with the U.S. media for the first time since he signed a six-year, $30 million contract.
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Corey Seager tops Baseball Prospectus’ annual top prospect list.

Corey Seager

Corey Seager is Baseball Prospectus’ number-1 prospect going into the 2016 season. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers have six of the top 101 prospects in baseball, according to Baseball Prospectus, including the top-ranked player on the list, shortstop Corey Seager.

Pitchers Julio Urias (6), Jose De Leon (28), Grant Holmes (40), Yadier Alvarez (78) and outfielder Yusniel Diaz (91) also made the list.

Ranking baseball prospects is a sport unto itself with many participants. You can read BP’s take on each of those guys here.

Report: Dodgers are the favorites to sign Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez.

The Dodgers are reportedly the favorites to sign 19-year-old Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez, who will be a free agent and eligible to sign with major league teams on July 2.

That’s been reported by various outlets before today, but MLB.com just posted a more complete scouting report of the right-handed pitcher while re-affirming the Dodgers’ status as favorites. Click here for the full blurb; here’s an excerpt:

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Yadier Alvarez and Raymar Navarro: Two Cuban prospects reportedly on Dodgers’ radar.

The Dodgers have previously been linked to 19-year-old right-hander Yadier Alvarez, a Cuban defector who’s been compared to a young Ramon Martinez. So today’s report on CBSSports.com calling the Dodgers “the most aggressive team to date” pursuing Alvarez isn’t exactly stunning.

But it also contained this noteworthy tidbit about the timeframe for when Alvarez might (or might not) sign:

Alvarez has petitioned MLB to be able to sign before the next signing period, which begins July 2, but hasn’t heard yet. Arizona would need Alvarez to win that petition to have a chance here as the Diamondbacks are limited to $300,000 in the period beginning July 2 due to signings already on the books.

Interestingly enough, where Alvarez signs could be a direct result of when MLB approves his petition to sign. The Dodgers are not limited to $300,000 signing bonuses beginning July 2 and are believed to be willing to spend more freely on restricted international players (like Alvarez) after that date.

But wait, there’s more.


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