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Teenagers are no wasteland for Dodger international scouts

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Yadier Alvarez

By Jon Weisman

Spending big dollars on teenagers from the international market — as in today’s nine international signings — involves no small amount of risk, but the Dodgers are clearly bullish on their new prospects, as Dodger senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes indicated in a conference call with reporters this afternoon.

Byrnes began by talking about 19-year-old Yadier Alvarez, the top-rated pitching prospect in the international market and a rare talent.

“He’s one of the more talented teenage right-handed pitchers who a lot of us who have been doing this a long time have seen,” said Byrnes, who added that Alvarez throws 97 mph, “occasionally touching 99-100, with very little effort and some pretty good feel for secondary pitches.”

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Dodgers sign nine international prospects, led by Yadier Alvarez, Starling Heredia

By Jon Weisman

Today, the opening day of the new signing period for international players not subject to the MLB draft, the Dodgers announced the following signings, led by the most highly regarded pitcher in the market … (more…)

Vin Scully and Co. celebrate baseball

By Jon Weisman

The video above captures the flavor of celebration at Saturday’s Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation dinner in Century City, with Vin Scully, Chan Ho Park, Peter O’Malley, Dusty Baker and Tommy Lasorda among the interviewees.

Next is a less Dodger-centric snapshot, with more focus on the transition between retiring MLB commisioner Bud Selig and his successor, Rob Manfred:

Below, filmed at the same event, Stan Kasten and Charley Steiner talk about the Dodgers’ offseason changes …

 

Mike Brito named MLB International Scout of the Year

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By Cary Osborne

Mike Brito, the Dodgers’ legendary and recognizable scout who found Fernando Valenzuela and helped the Dodgers sign Yasiel Puig, was named International Scout of the Year at Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings in San Diego. Brito will be recognized tonight at a reception in San Diego.

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