Many young men believe that they will make it to the majors at the age of 18-24, but that is not alway the case. However, there are a few exceptions to the rule such as 21-year-old Corey Seager in 2015 and 19-year-old pitcher Julio Urias, who debuted last season with the Dodgers. Alex Verudgo wants to be the next exception.
Some of the Dodgers top prospects were instructors for the youth clinics earlier this month and Alex Verdugo was a part of those workouts. Verdugo is the club’s No. 3 prospect at the age of 20 and is one of the youngest minor leaguers in the Double-A Texas League.
But who are the first two top prospects in the Dodgers organization?
At the No. 2 spot would be Jose De Leon, who have been in some trades involving Brian Dozier. Cody Bellinger takes the No. 1 spot while playing with Triple-A Oklahoma, and who may take over Adrián González’s spot at first base.
While in Double-A Tulsa, Verdugo hit 13 home runs and 63 RBIs with a .273 average for the 2016 season. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, “He has the throwing arm for right field, but might lack the power to be an impact corner outfielder.”
“I got drafted out of high school and — I didn’t know anything — I’m telling people, ‘I want to be in the big leagues in two or three years,'” Verdugo said. “And they’re telling me, ‘That’s not how it works, man. In a lot of organizations, guys spend a season at each level and it can be four, five, six years.’ I’m like, ‘That’s awful.’
Verdugo also praised the Dodgers organization on how they acknowledge the minor league players on their playing ability.
“So what the Dodgers are doing, as players, we love it. We know if we’re doing everything right and we’re playing our best, we’re being the best teammates and we’re doing everything to get called up, we know that we will, or that we possibly have the chance,” said Verdugo.
Verdugo participated in the Arizona Fall League and represent Team Mexico in an exhibition at the Tokyo Dome in Japan with Dodgers first baseman Adrián González. The 20-year-old hopes to have an opportunity to represent Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.
“That was, by far, one of the best experiences in my life,” he said. “The culture, the people — how they are and how they act and how much respect they [give] you –and man, they are nuts about baseball.”
Some of the other names that Verdugo will have to compete with will include:
- Cody Bellinger
- Jose De Leon
- Willie Calhoun
- Yusniel Diaz
- Yadier Alvarez
And many more…
When do you think Alex Verdugo will make it to the Majors?