There have been multiple reports that Dodgers top position player prospect Alex Verdugo will be getting the call to the big leagues.
Verdugo should be arriving to the big league club once the rosters expand on September 1st. The news was first officially reported by J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group.
I can confirm what has been relayed via some Facebook leaks already: the Dodgers are calling up outfielder Alex Verdugo for his MLB debut.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) August 31, 2017
Word of Verdugo making it to the Major League club first broke by multiple family members on Facebook. It was not until just moments ago did we get word from multiple sources that he is officially coming up when the rosters do expand in San Diego.
Verdugo has had quite the year for the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers, slashing .314/.389/.436 with six home runs and 62 runs batted in. An important stat is that he has walked more than he has struck out (52 BB/50 K).
It appears that Joc Pederson will not be getting a call back to the Dodgers until after the Triple-A season is over. He has been struggling since his demotion, so getting him consistent at-bats seems like more of a priority than him being a bench gut at the top level.
Alex Verdugo will join #Dodgers in SD when rosters expand. Joc Pederson will not. Likely later when AAA season ends
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 31, 2017
There is no word yet on what sort of role Verdugo will have with the Dodgers in September, but with the offense scuffling, it would not come as a surprise to see him get a significant amount of at-bats.
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