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Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo And Others Being Sent To Arizona League

September 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Alex Verdugo (61) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The postseason roster has not been announced yet, and the Dodgers have until Friday to release it. With that said, we now know some names who will definitely not be on it.

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com tweeted on Wednesday that Rob Segedin, Trayce Thompson, Alex Verdugo, Edward Paredes, and Wilmer Font have been sent to the Arizona League to stay hot.

These names not being on the NLDS roster is not too much of a shocker. Rob Segedin got just 20 at-bats in the big leagues this year and put up a slash line of .200/.200/.300; however, he did get a lot of reps in the minors and put up a slash line of .320/.352/.510 between the Tulsa Drillers and the OKC Dodgers. Injuries really hurt his 2017 season, but hopefully he can stay hot in Arizona and be ready if the Dodgers need him.

It’s definitely no surprise that Trayce Thompson was left off of the NLDS roster, unfortunately. Thompson hit just .122 in his limited time with Los Angeles this year and was not much better for the OKC Dodgers. In triple-A Thompson put up a slash line of .212/.269/.363. His struggles are likely a direct result of his back injury that he suffered in 2016, but keeping him off of the roster is definitely the best choice.

Alex Verdugo put up great numbers for the OKC Dodgers this year, hitting .314/.389/.436 with six home runs and 62 runs batted in. However, he did not have much success at the plate after being called up to the majors, where he got just four hits in 23 at-bats. He certainly didn’t get a lot of opportunities either, which didn’t help his case.

As for the pitchers, Edward Paredes and Wilmer Font didn’t get many reps in 2017 for the Dodgers. Paredes pitched just 8.1 innings, but struck out 11 and gave up just three total runs. Font had even less opportunities, at 3.2 innings, and did not do well in any of his appearances, giving up seven total runs in his three appearances.

Regardless, the fact that these players are being sent to the Arizona League shows that there is still a chance that we might see them in the postseason, even in the NLDS should an injury occur *knocks on wood*. Teams also get to change their rosters before every series, so we’ll just have to wait and see if any of these guys get a shot at playing baseball in October for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Written by Alex Perez

Whittier College Alumnus.
Editor In Chief of Dodgers Nation.
Lifelong Dodgers fan.

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