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Alex Verdugo Switches Representation

Alex Verdugo has switched his representation over to the MVP Sports Group, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.

https://twitter.com/TBrownYahoo/status/1081272831709564929

MVP Sports Group, spearheaded by Dan Lozano, remains one of the premier sports agencies in Major League Baseball and represents some of the game’s biggest stars (Votto, Machado, Donaldson) as well as some of the game’s elite prospects (Riley, Tatis Jr.).

Verdugo has been one of the Dodgers’ top prospects for a long while now and remains among the game’s most elite position player prospects. He carved out 86 plate appearances in a crowded Dodgers outfield and posted a so-so .260/.329/.377 slash line. Across 379 plate appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City, however, he fared much better. Verdugo batted .329 with an .863 OPS to go along with 10 homers and 8 stolen bases. Numbers like that at the AAA level typically translate to big-league success, and for the Dodgers’ sake, let’s hope it happens in 2019.

Alex Verdugo should be given a starting job in the outfield, at least against right-handed pitching, but possibly every day. With the departures of both Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig at the tail end of December, Verdugo has a clear path to playing time for the first time in his professional career.

Although Verdugo has been heavily discussed in trade rumors, the Dodgers see him as a potential building block for the future, evident by their refusal to trade him up to this point. Dodger fans should have faith in him as the team almost always keep the prospects that pan out (Seager, Bellinger, Buehler).

The time for Verdugo to shine is now.

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Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Verdugo has to show what he’s got in Spring season. He didn’t show the numbers he had in the minor leagues.

  2. Verdugo needs to be given a fair amount of time to prove himself like Seager and Bellinger got. Needs to play almost everyday and not be platooned

  3. Verdugo is just another LH batter, and we are too one sided offensively as it is. We need a RH impact bat for the middle of the lineup and we don’t need to see an all LH outfield . We will be vulnerable to LHP as it is in 2019.

    • He affirms himself every single day the last 3 years with the same post across multiple websites. No amount of affirmation will ever stop this parrot.

  4. Verdugo is the contact hitter we need. Give him regular playing time and get him to ditch the # 61. Spring training numbers are not for MLB. Right now, # 33 is available. Good number.

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