The Los Angeles Dodgers held an open tryout at a practice field at Camelback on Thursday in search of some talent to fill in the farm system.
Last season, the team did the same thing and signed outfielder Robbie Garvey to a minor-league deal. He spent some time with the Great Lakes Loons and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
According to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, the team signed two players out of this year’s open tryout:
Dodgers signed RHPs Steve Edlefsen and Dan Keller from Thursday's tryout camp.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) February 28, 2014
Edlefsen is a 28-year-old right-hander that spent parts of two seasons in the major leagues with the San Francisco Giants. He was drafted by the Giants in the 16th round of the MLB Draft in 2007 and made his major-league debut in 2011. Edlefsen had a 9.53 ERA in 11.1 innings that season and returned for another 14 appearances in 2012. He finished 2012 with a 4.70 ERA, giving him a career 6.75 ERA in 27 career games. Last season, Edlefsen spent the season with the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate and had a 6.28 ERA in 47 games.
Keller is a 21-year-old right-hander that spent the last three seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of Newbury Park High School in nearby Thousand Oaks. Keller has a career 8.03 ERA in 38 minor league games. He has started 15 of those 38 games and has never been above rookie ball. Keller has struggled with his command, which has led to most of his problems.
Both players will report to minor-league camp and likely begin the year with one of the lower-level affiliates of the Dodgers. For Edlefsen and Keller, they’ve received another chance to make their way to the big leagues and the Dodgers have a low-risk option to fill their farm system.
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