Murray | Dodgers to call up top prospect Alex Verdugo

29 June 2016: Los Angeles Dodgers hat sits on the glove in the dugout during game action as the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers will be calling up top prospect Alex Verdugo, sources have informed FanRag Sports. Verdugo will join the team on Friday when Los Angeles begins a four-game weekend series against the rival San Diego Padres.

Verdugo, who is rated as the Dodgers’ top hitting prospect by MLB.com, is hitting .314/.389/.436 through 117 games with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City. He also has six home runs, 62 RBIs and nine stolen bases. The Dodgers will still need to add Verdugo to the club’s 40-man roster, which the team can accomplish by simply transferring left-handed pitcher Grant Dayton to the 60-day disabled list.

Dayton recently underwent Tommy John surgery.

With rosters set to expand once the calendar flips to September on Friday, teams from around the league are likely to bring up reinforcements from the lower levels. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register noted earlier on Thursday that the Dodgers will not immediately recall outfielder Joc Pederson from Triple-A Oklahoma City once rosters expand, so Verdugo could be in line for some playing time during his first stint at the big league level.

MLB.com also rated Verdugo as the No. 28 prospect in all of baseball. His name was previously involved in the Dodgers’ trade discussions with the Texas Rangers regarding right-hander Yu Darvish, but Los Angeles was reticent to part ways with the outfielder. In the end, the Rangers wound up settling on a package centered around power-hitting infielder Willie Calhoun in exchange for the heralded Darvish.

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