Results tagged ‘ Alex Verdugo ’

Bellinger, Calhoun follow AFL Fall Stars path of Pederson, Seager

By Cary Osborne

Top Dodger prospects Cody Bellinger and Willie Calhoun are selections for tonight’s Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game, which will be played at 5 p.m. PDT and broadcast live on MLB Network. Fifteen of baseball’s top 100 prospects were selected for the game — including Bellinger (31) and Calhoun (87).

Joc Pederson (2012) and Corey Seager (2013 and 2014) are Dodgers who have played in recent Fall Stars games. Some of the biggest stars in baseball — Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado — have also played in it, as well.

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Dodger farm system became a production company in 2016

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Cody Bellinger (Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

By Cary Osborne

What good are baseball prospects if they don’t move?

The Dodgers came into 2016 with the top farm system in baseball across the board, according to MLB.com, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. They had five prospects in MLB.com’s preseason Top 100 Prospects list. And all five moved.

No. 1 overall prospect Corey Seager will, in all likelihood, be the National League Rookie of the Year. MLB.com No. 4 prospect Julio Uriás graduated from the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers as a teenager and showed rapid progress in the Majors with Los Angeles. No. 24 prospect Jose De León knocked on the door so hard that the Dodgers answered in September, calling him up and watching him contribute to wins right away. In addition, the Dodgers moved No. 62 Grant Holmes and No. 95 Frankie Montas to Oakland in the deal for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick.

In all, seven Dodger minor-leaguers made their Major League debut this year. Many others raised their game, climbed the ladder and gave the Dodger farm good reason to be highly regarded next year as well.

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Loons closer to a title, OKC Dodgers’ hopes fade

By Cary Osborne

One Dodger minor league partner is one win away from a league championship, while the other saw it season end Saturday night.

The Dodgers’ Single-A partner the Great Lakes Loons defeated the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners) 4-0 at their home park Dow Diamond on Saturday to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five Midwest League Championship Series.

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Anderson thrives, Oklahoma City stays alive in PCL

By Jon Weisman

After Brett Anderson pitched five strong innings, Triple-A Oklahoma City scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally for a 4-2 victory over El Paso in Game 3 of the Pacific Coast League finals.

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De Jong named Texas League Pitcher of the Year

Rich Crimi/Tulsa Drillers

Rich Crimi/Tulsa Drillers

By Jon Weisman

Double-A Tulsa right-hander Chase De Jong was named Pitcher of the Year in the Texas League, which also placed second baseman Willie Calhoun and outfielder Alex Verdugo on its All-Star Team.

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Six Dodgers in Baseball America Top 100 update

Cody Bellinger (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Jon Weisman

Despite this year’s promotions of Corey Seager and Julio Urias and the debut of American rookie Kenta Maeda, Baseball America included six Dodgers in its Midseason Top 100 Prospects update.

Cody Bellinger (24), Jose De Leon (25), Alex Verdugo (44), Grant Holmes (60), Frankie Montas (82) and Willie Calhoun (98) were the Dodgers listed.

By comparison, the season-opening 2016 Baseball America 100 had Seager (1), Urías (4), De Leon (23), Maeda (50), Bellinger (54), Holmes (72) and Verdugo (100).

The new list does not include anyone taken in the 2016 draft or signed internationally this month.

 

Farm Fresh: Nine shine in Texas League All-Star Game

By Cary Osborne

The Tulsa Drillers — check that, the North All-Stars — lost 8-5 to the South team Tuesday in the Texas League All-Star Game in Springfield, Missouri.

Twelve Drillers were selected to the North team — nine played in the game. Pitchers Brock Stewart and Trevor Oaks were named to the team after they were promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and catcher Kyle Farmer is on the disabled list with a toe injury.

Here’s how the Dodger farmhands fared:
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Farm Fresh: Double-A Tulsa boasts nine Texas League All-Stars

By Jon Weisman

No fewer than nine players from Double-A Tulsa have been invited to the Texas League All-Star Game, June 28 at Springfield, Missouri.

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Farm Fresh: Super Tuesday in Dodger minors


By Joshua Gurnick

It’s still early Wednesday afternoon, but there’s news. Pitcher Josh Sborz and outfielder Kyle Garlick were named Single-A California League All-Stars.

  • Sborz is 5-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 11 starts this year with Rancho Cucamonga, limiting opponents to a .219 batting average with a 1.01 WHIP. The 22-year-old is in his second professional season after being selected a year ago in the draft out of Virginia.
  • Garlick, who was promoted to Double-A Tulsa on May 31, batted .306 with 14 doubles, 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 49 games with Rancho. The 24-year-old was selected in the 28th round of the 2015 draft out of Cal Poly Pomona.

Meanwhile, Tuesday was eventful in the Dodger farm system. Here are brief notes on some of the standouts …

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Farm fresh: Bellinger, Verdugo and Calhoun heating up in Tulsa

By Cary Osborne

Frisco Rough Riders manager Joe Mikulik, a skipper with a reputation for off-the wall arguments, went nuclear again on Tuesday in a game in Tulsa against the Dodgers’ Double-A partner the Drillers. The explosion went viral and thereby became the biggest recent news of any baseball happening in the city.

Unless you consider what three Dodger prospects have done lately.

Since May 14, the Drillers’ Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo, Willie Calhoun — Dodger prospects Nos. 5, 6 and 15 respectively — have been explosive at the plate.

Bellinger is batting .371/.441/.771 with four home runs since then. Verdugo is hitting .323/.436/.588 with two homers. Calhoun is batting .333/.400/.583 with two homers. Bellinger and Calhoun each had a four-hit game during the stretch.

Prior to that, they collectively hit .239/.293/.366 in 334 combined plate appearances.