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Dodgers claim Peter O’Brien off waivers from Rangers

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 01: Kansas City Royals left fielder Peter O'Brien (7) swings at a pitch during the game between the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals on April 01, 2017 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Texas defeats Kansas City 5-3. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have claimed outfielder Peter O’Brien off of waivers from the Texas Rangers, according to TR Sullivan of MLB.com.

He will be assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The Dodgers also designated left-handed pitcher Jason Wheeler for assignment.

The Dodgers will represent the fourth organization O’Brien has been a part of this season. The 26-year-old has also spent time with the Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds in addition to the Rangers.

O’Brien has struggled mightily between Double-A and Triple-A this year, posting a miserable slash line of .167/.254/.301 with six home runs and 16 RBI.

It’s a big change from last year, when O’Brien slashed .254/.295/.505 and connected with 24 long balls while driving in 75 runs for Triple-A Reno, an Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate.

At one point, O’Brien was a big-time power-hitting prospect.

He played his college baseball at Bethune-Cookman College and the University of Miami and was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the third round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft. However, he failed to sign and was drafted by the New York Yankees in the second round one year later.

O’Brien demonstrated his power almost immediately, smashing 22 home runs while totaling 96 RBI during his second minor-league season, slashing .291/.350/.544.

He also hit 34 home runs between the Yankees and Diamondbacks’ minor-league systems in 2014.

In addition to O’Brien being waived by Texas and signed by Los Angeles, right-handed pitcher Dillon Gee has cleared waivers after being let go by the Rangers and has become a free agent.

Gee has pitched in four games this season, starting one. Over 13 innings of work, he has allowed six runs on 17 hits and four home runs, striking out 10 batters.

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