The Los Angeles Dodgers have played 16 Cactus League games thus far and have 19 exhibition games remaining on their schedule; including a pair of split-squad affairs on Friday and Saturday, with half of the games being played at the Alamodome in San Antonio as part of Big League Weekend.
For the second time in three days, and third time in the last four days, the Dodgers continued making roster cuts. Following Wednesday’s loss to the Chicago Cubs, the Dodgers announced Scott Schebler was optioned, and Buck Britton, Chris O’Brien, Corey Seager, Darnell Sweeney and Shawn Zarraga were all reassigned to Minor League camp, which opened in full on Saturday.
Interestingly, the latest roster moves leaves the Dodgers with only A.J. Ellis and Yasmani Grandal as the club’s lone catchers in big league camp; O’Brien and Zarraga are slated to be part of the Dodgers’ traveling party to San Antonio.
Schebler, Seager and Sweeney all shined in key moments during their time on the Major League side of Camelback Ranch. Seager’s legend grew with his walk-off hit and manager Don Mattingly comparing him to Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr.
In 12 at-bats over 12 games, Seager hit .333/.526/.500 with two doubles, four RBIs and six walks. Sweeney also appeared in 12 games and hit .438/.474/.875 with two home runs and six RBIs in 16 at-bats.
Schebler showed notable power, hitting two home runs, four doubles and driving in six over 13 games (20 at-bats); albeit in a small sample size, Schebler slashed an impressive .400/.429/.900. The collective effort from the prospects wasn’t lost on Mattingly, who recently spoke highly of the group.
Previous roster cuts included Erisbel Arruebarrena, Mike Bolsinger, Carlos Frias, and others. Prior to that, the Dodgers reassigned Chris Anderson and Julio Urias, among others. Including Brandon Beachy and Chris Withrow, both of whom are on the 60-day disabled list, the Dodgers now have 44 players remaining in big league camp.
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