SS Corey Seager, OF Brian Cavazos Galvez, C Pratt Maynard, and C Chris O’Brien are the four Dodgers prospects confirmed to be headed to the Arizona Fall League in 2013. In addition, four pitchers will likely be sent to the AFL, and they’ll be named at a later date.
Seager, likely the Dodgers top prospect, headlines the quartet, as O’Brien, Maynard, and Cavazos Galvez are likely going there for experience as future organizational depth than actual potential impact players.
Vin Scully has officially announced he will be returning to call games in 2014.
Praise the baseball gods as our games will be filled by the man everybody loves – with his wonderment and joy – and not by Steve Lyons.
The Dodgers optioned Dee Gordon back to AAA and recalled Scott Van Slyke, who’s racking up some serious frequent flyer miles in 2013.
The Dodgers did option shortstop Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, a move that was expected with the return of shortstop Hanley Ramirez to the lineup. But rather than to make room for relief pitcher Brian Wilson, Gordon was optioned in favor of Scott Van Slyke, who was recalled from the Isotopes before the Dodgers’ game against the Phillies.
With Hanley Ramirez back, there’s less of a need for Dee and a huge need for the power SVS can bring off the bench and as a platoon partner for Andre Ethier.
Of course, SVS didn’t have much time to enjoy his call-up, as he was soon thereafter sent back to Albuquerque as Brian Wilson was finally activated.
General Manager Ned Colleti took a low-risk high-reward gamble on Brian Wilson. The former Giant closer signed with the Dodgers on July 30, and will makes his team debut against the Marlins on Monday, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. While in the minor-leagues, Wilson tossed 4.1 scoreless innings as hitters accumulated a disastrous .071 batting average.
All indications are that Wilson’s going to be the set-up man, and while I don’t have a problem with that if he’s pitching well, he should have to earn the role. Also, using him over Paco Rodriguez in high-leverage situations is not what I want to see.
The Dodgers have brought in more international talent, signing 17-year-old southpaw Maximiliano Gooding (Panama) and 18-year-old righty Geovanny Barrios (Venezuela).
Not much information is known yet on these two pitchers.
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