With the Minor League Baseball season being cancelled this year, the Los Angeles Dodgers took the opportunity to add some top prospects to their initial player pool.
This will ensure players can continue participating in baseball activities and stay sharp in the event they are needed for the active roster. The group includes Diego Cartaya, Josiah Gray and Keibert Ruiz, among others. For those that didn’t make it, their situation is far more bleak.
To help make the best of a difficult situation, the Dodgers will reportedly pay all of their Minor Leaguers through the end of August. David Price made a similar gesture during the month of June, pledging $1,000 to non 40-man roster players in the organization.
However, the unfortunate circumstances have led to more than two-dozen Minor Leaguers being released by the Dodgers in recent weeks. It was previously reported that Daniel Corcino, Jose Lobaton and Yeison Cespedes were part of the cuts.
Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America provided the full list of Minor League players to be released by the Dodgers:
RHP Jeromino Castro, RHP Yeison Cespedes, RHP Daniel Corcino, RHP Tyler Ferguson, RHP Brad Gonzales, RHP Ricky Knapp, RHP Kieran Lovegrove, RHP Chris Mathewson, RHP Riley Ottesen, LHP Igor Avila, LHP Casey Crosby, LHP Austin Hamilton, LHP Ben Holmes, C Jose Lobaton, C Hamlet Marte, C Cesar Mendoza, C Ramon Rodriguez, C Tyler Ryan, 2B Aldo Espinoza, 2B Jake Peter, 2B Eric Peterson, OF Blake Gailen, OF Starling Heredia, OF Rolando Lebron, OF Jaime Perez, OF Jeremiah Vison
Heredia most notably was part of the Dodgers’ 2015-16 international signing period haul. He is coming off a disappointing 2019 season with High-A Rancho Cucamonga that saw him bat .204/.314/.375 in 101 games.
It marked the first time in his career playing above the Low-A level. All-in-all, Heredia hit a collective .239/.325/.410 with 56 doubles, 15 triples, 29 home runs, 136 RBI and 40 stolen bases during his four years in the Dodgers organization.
The Dodgers acquired Peter from the Chicago White Sox in January 2018 in the three-team trade that netted them Scott Alexander. The 27-year-old struggled at Triple-A Oklahoma City last season, hitting just .199/.343/.352 with 15 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 34 RBI in 92 games.
Both players were eligible to selected by another team in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft, but ultimately remained with the Dodgers though the offseason.
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