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Dodgers' Diaz homers twice in Futures Game

Outfielder is second player to do so in 20 years of showcase
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WASHINGTON -- When Big Papi is impressed by a player's power, you know that player is doing it right.

David Ortiz glowed Sunday in the wake of a two-homer, three-RBI performance by Dodgers prospect Yusniel Diaz in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park. Diaz smashed a pair of tying homers -- a two-run shot in the fifth inning and a solo smash in the seventh, though they came in a losing effort as the World Team fell to the U.S., 10-6.

WASHINGTON -- When Big Papi is impressed by a player's power, you know that player is doing it right.

David Ortiz glowed Sunday in the wake of a two-homer, three-RBI performance by Dodgers prospect Yusniel Diaz in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park. Diaz smashed a pair of tying homers -- a two-run shot in the fifth inning and a solo smash in the seventh, though they came in a losing effort as the World Team fell to the U.S., 10-6.

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"His approach is legit," said Ortiz, who managed the World Team. "This guy hits like he has two strikes -- with power. That's something that impressed me a lot. The two homers that he hit, they were, like, big guys' bombs. He looked great."

Diaz, 21, is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Dodgers' No. 4 prospect and No. 85 in all of baseball. He hails from Cuba but lives in Florida now and had family in the stands for the annual prospect showcase. Over and over on Sunday, he came back to that cheering section when talking about his big night.

"I'm really inspired and really happy, for the fans and for my family who came to support me," he said. "Expect the best from me. I'm going to leave everything on the field."

He added: "Those two home runs came from the heart."

X-rays negative for Ruiz after Futures Game exit

Diaz is playing at Double-A Frisco, where he has six home runs in 220 at-bats. He hit his pair of home runs in five at-bats in the Futures Game, the first off Tigers prospect Matt Manning for a 5-5 tie in the fifth, and the second off Giants prospect Shaun Anderson for a 6-6 tie in the seventh.

They were two of eight homers between the two teams, doubling the previous Futures Game record.

Diaz became the second player in the 20-year history of the Futures Game to go deep twice. The other belonged to Alfonso Soriano, in the very first Futures Game in 1999.

"Put it this way. Those are Minor Leaguers hitting balls like big leaguers," said Ortiz. "That is impressive. I saw balls hit today that I swear, I was watching a Major League Baseball player. I can imagine you guys had the same impression. We're talking about kids hitting balls like big leaguers. That's a better way to say the game is in good hands."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

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X-rays negative for Ruiz after Futures Game exit

Dodgers' No. 2 prospect dealing with swollen right hand after foul tip
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WASHINGTON -- Dodgers prospect Keibert Ruiz left Sunday afternoon's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which Team USA won, 10-6, at Nationals Park in the seventh inning with a swollen right hand. X-rays on Ruiz's hand came back negative.

Angels prospect Jo Adell's foul tip hit Ruiz's right hand near the beginning of the seventh frame. The Dodgers No. 2 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, remained on the field for a few moments while a trainer checked on him before he exited. Cubs prospect Miguel Amaya replaced the 19-year-old.

WASHINGTON -- Dodgers prospect Keibert Ruiz left Sunday afternoon's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which Team USA won, 10-6, at Nationals Park in the seventh inning with a swollen right hand. X-rays on Ruiz's hand came back negative.

Angels prospect Jo Adell's foul tip hit Ruiz's right hand near the beginning of the seventh frame. The Dodgers No. 2 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, remained on the field for a few moments while a trainer checked on him before he exited. Cubs prospect Miguel Amaya replaced the 19-year-old.

Ruiz, who's right-handed, caught just 1 1/3 innings after taking over for Amaya with two outs in the fifth inning. The Venezuelan struck out in his lone at-bat.

MLB Pipeline ranks Ruiz the 44th best prospect in baseball. The Dodgers' next best catching prospect after Ruiz, according to MLB Pipeline, is Will Smith, who's ranked the club's ninth-best prospect.

Ruiz is hitting .247 with nine home runs, 27 RBIs, 20 strikeouts and 16 walks over 66 games with Double-A Tulsa this season. Ruiz hit .300 or better in his previous three Minor League seasons.

Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington.

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Sources: Dodgers agree with top international prospect

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The Dodgers have a long and storied history on the international market and are once again proving to be a formidable player.

The Dodgers have a long and storied history on the international market and are once again proving to be a formidable player.

:: 2018 International Signing Period ::

According to industry sources, the club agreed to a $2,500,000 bonus with catcher Diego Cartaya of Venezuela, the top ranked prospect on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list. The Dodgers also agreed to deals with right-handed pitcher Jerming Rosario for $600,000 and infielder Alex De Jesus of the Dominican Republic for $500,000.

The club has not confirmed the deals.

An advanced hitter, Cartaya displays plus contact skills and has been praised for his pitch recognition and feel for the strike zone. He has shown some power to the gaps. On defense, Cartaya has a reputation as a great receiver with very good hands. He handles pitchers well and has a high baseball IQ.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he had a chance to briefly see Cartaya, but has yet to watch him play.

"Didn't see any video," Roberts said. "Didn't see him hit or anything, but from what I understand from our scouts, very excited about him. The body is a very mature body. Really talented kid from what I understand, and so I know we're excited."

Rosario is best known for his 90-mph fastball, but his changeup and curveball are not that far behind and both could eventually develop into his strikeout pitches. He has good makeup and strong presence on the mound.

Along with Cartaya, Rosario and De Jesus, the Dodgers announced seven additional international signings Monday -- infielders Ender Avenado, Miguel Droz, and Luis Izturis, right-handers Jerami Rodriguez and Rafael Tua, left-hander Christian Suarez, and outfielder Gregory Pereira.

"I'm looking forward to digging in on these guys," Roberts said.

According to the rules established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the MLB Draft received a pool of $6,025,400, while clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the Draft received $5,504,500. All other clubs, including the Dodgers, received $4,983,500.

Teams are allowed to trade as much of their international pool money as they would like, but can only acquire 75 percent of a team's initial pool amount. Additionally, signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count toward a club's bonus pool, and foreign professional players who are at least 25 and have played in a foreign league for at least six seasons are also exempt.

The Dodgers also signed Venezuelan position players Ender Avendano (INF), Miguel Droz (INF), Luis Izturis (INF) and Gregory Pereira (OF), while also signing pitchers Christian Suarez (LHP), Jerami Rodriguez (RHP) and Rafael Tua (RHP).

Kaelen Jones provided additional reporting.

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.

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Dodgers' HR spree rolls on in rout of Texas

Pederson, Muncy and Puig go deep off of Colon
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LOS ANGELES -- Pitchers young and old alike, the Dodgers will take you deep.

Los Angeles' June home run derby continued Tuesday night with blasts from Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Yasiel Puig -- all off 45-year-old Bartolo Colon -- in a 12-5 Interleague series rout of the Rangers at Dodger Stadium.

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LOS ANGELES -- Pitchers young and old alike, the Dodgers will take you deep.

Los Angeles' June home run derby continued Tuesday night with blasts from Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Yasiel Puig -- all off 45-year-old Bartolo Colon -- in a 12-5 Interleague series rout of the Rangers at Dodger Stadium.

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Pederson lined a two-run homer in the second inning for his seventh home run in his last eight games, and later added a pair of doubles. Pederson had only one homer in his first 151 plate appearances this year. But in this eight-game stretch, Pederson is 13-for-26 with 11 runs, five doubles and 10 RBIs. On the season, he has eight homers and 28 RBIs.

"This energy, this confidence. Hitting is contagious," said Pederson. "It's a fun thing. Winning's fun."

Video: TEX@LAD: Pederson hammers a 2-run jack to center

Muncy launched a one-out towering solo shot to right field in the third inning, taking the team lead with 13. He's homered in four consecutive games and in his last 17 games at Dodger Stadium he has eight homers. During a career-high eight-game hitting streak, he's 12-for-28 with six homers, 11 RBIs and eight walks.

"I try not to think about it. It's hard not to," Muncy said of his torrid streak. "Games are a lot of fun right now. Everyone's feeling the momentum up and down the lineup."

Video: TEX@LAD: Muncy crushes solo home run to right-center

With Justin Turner returning to third base after missing four starts with a sore left wrist, the Dodgers kept Muncy in the lineup with his first start of the year at second base.

Puig's home run, the longest of the trio at 421 feet, according to Statcast™, was a two-run shot in a seven-run fourth inning. He also doubled, and in 10 June games he's 15-for-36 with 10 runs, five doubles, three homers and nine RBIs.

The Dodgers have a National League-leading 85 home runs this year and have slugged 29 home runs in 10 games this month while scoring 83 runs and going 8-2. With the win, the Dodgers remained in second place in the NL West, three games behind Arizona.

"It's hard to explain homers," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "They're taking good swings, having good at-bats. We're built on, sort of, slugging and guys that can take the walk. It's kind of playing out that way right now."

Video: TEX@LAD: Puig smashes solo home run to deep right

And it doesn't seem to matter who's pitching for the opposition, or for the Dodgers.

Colon, a former teammate of Roberts with the Indians, was matched up against Caleb Ferguson, who was making the second start of his big league career at age 21. Ferguson, who was 9 months old when Colon debuted in the Major Leagues, went four innings and 65 pitches before being removed, while Colon (3-4) left during the bottom of the fourth, charged with eight runs.

"He's still green," Roberts said of Ferguson, whose removal was decided when the score was 4-2. "The fastball command wasn't there. I appreciate the effort to throw the change, but it wasn't there, and the curve was spotty. He competes really well. It was growth from his first start [1 2/3 innings] to this one."

Video: TEX@LAD: Ferguson retires Colon, escapes jam in 2nd

Through the fourth inning, all eight Dodgers position players had scored at least one run and six had RBIs.

Edward Paredes pitched the sixth inning and was credited with the win and Daniel Corcino pitched the final three innings to qualify for his first career save, even though he entered with a nine-run lead.

SOUND SMART
The previous Dodger to record a three-inning save was Josh Ravin last July 25 against the Twins.

Video: TEX@LAD: Corcino converts 3-inning save vs. Rangers

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
The Dodgers dared left-handed hitter Joey Gallo to go the other way in the sixth inning Tuesday night, abandoning the left side of the infield and using five players on the outfield grass, but all Gallo did was strike out. Shortstop Chris Taylor went into left field, Matt Kemp slid over to left-center, Pederson to right-center and Puig went to the right-field corner, while second baseman Muncy was in shallow right field.

Left-handed reliever Paredes threw four sliders in the five-pitch at-bat and struck out Gallo trying to pull a 2-2 slider.

Video: TEX@LAD: Dodgers put super shift on Gallo in 6th

HE SAID IT
"You look at all the players on our roster, the guy that's probably grown the most in my opinion is Joc. He hasn't worried about the result and betting on that. He started slow this year, didn't have great spring, but to trust the work he's put in and it's showing itself right now and it's a credit to him and the coaches." -- Roberts

Video: TEX@LAD: Muncy and Roberts on 7-run 4th inning

UP NEXT
Kenta Maeda will come off the disabled list to face Texas and Cole Hamels on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. PT in his first start since May 29. He has assured management that a strained right hip has healed enough to allow him to pitch deep into the game.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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Kemp's 5 RBIs not enough after wild debut

Ferguson labors with command, allowing 4 runs in 1 2/3 IP
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PITTSBURGH -- Caleb Ferguson's big league debut took a quick and wrong turn, and the bullpen didn't help much in the Dodgers' 11-9 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Matt Kemp, the reigning National League Player of the Week, continued his onslaught for the Dodgers with two doubles and a three-run homer, good for five RBIs. Despite that, and several rallies, Los Angeles lost its first road game after eight straight victories.

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PITTSBURGH -- Caleb Ferguson's big league debut took a quick and wrong turn, and the bullpen didn't help much in the Dodgers' 11-9 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Matt Kemp, the reigning National League Player of the Week, continued his onslaught for the Dodgers with two doubles and a three-run homer, good for five RBIs. Despite that, and several rallies, Los Angeles lost its first road game after eight straight victories.

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"Overall tonight, we didn't pitch well," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "There's only so much an offense can do."

Said Kemp: "I don't think we're ever out of games, especially the way our offense has been swinging the bat. It was a tough day today. They scored a lot of runs. We tried to make it into a good game, we did. We came up short, but [Thursday] we've got a chance to win the series."

With his third pitch, Ferguson, a 21-year-old left-hander called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City, hit leadoff man Josh Harrison. Austin Meadows singled off second baseman Logan Forsythe's glove. Forsythe retrieved the ball and threw out Harrison at third.

Video: LAD@PIT: Forsythe recovers to nab Harrison at third

Ferguson escaped that inning with his first career strikeout.

He wasn't as lucky in the second. The Pirates scored four runs -- three on Harrison's bases-loaded double -- as Ferguson labored through 57 pitches in 1 2/3 innings. He walked three, hit two batters and gave up two hits.

Ferguson grew up in West Jefferson, Ohio, about a three-hour drive to the ballpark. Present were his parents, other family members and friends.

Video: LAD@PIT: Ferguson K's Cervelli for 1st MLB strikeout

"Not how I planned for it to go," Ferguson said. "At this level, guys are going to hit mistakes."

"I thought his stuff was good," Roberts said. "Obviously, adrenaline, emotions, stress, a lot of things going on. I thought the stuff played and the walks, a couple of hit batsmen and the ball middle-middle to Harrison proved to be the difference. … I know he was disappointed, but I thought he handled himself really well."

Trailing, 4-0, the Dodgers tied the game in the third against Pirates starter Trevor Williams on Kemp's two-run double and Cody Bellinger's 10th home run of the season, his second in two games.

Video: PIT@LAD: Bellinger clubs 2-run homer to tie the game

The Pirates came back with two in the bottom of the inning off Daniel Hudson (1-2), aided by first baseman Max Muncy's throwing error.

With Brock Stewart pitching for the Dodgers in the fourth, Pittsburgh added two runs to make it 8-4, before Kemp matched Bellinger in the fifth with his 10th homer. That came with two aboard, off Steven Brault, and made it a one-run game.

Video: LAD@PIT: Kemp smashes a 3-run homer to center field

But the Pirates scored three in the sixth off Scott Alexander and Yimi Garcia to again lead by four.

The Dodgers rallied yet again to get within two, aided by two walks, two wild pitches and a balk, all by Kyle Crick, and Yasmani Grandal's pinch single.

Video: LAD@PIT: Grandal plates Bellinger with single in 8th

The Dodgers had one more chance in the ninth when Chris Taylor and Justin Turner walked. Kemp came up with one out, facing closer Felipe Vazquez, and lined out to second. It was up to Bellinger. He grounded out to second to end the game.

CINGRANI EXITS WITH SHOULDER PAIN
Dodgers left-hander Tony Cingrani issued a four-pitch walk in the eighth inning and left the game, complaining of shoulder pain. Roberts did not sound optimistic.

"After he made his first throw, I saw 89 or 90 [mph] and it was a little concerning," Roberts said. "It just didn't look right. He said he felt something on his first throw behind his shoulder. We're going to evaluate and we'll know more, if it's a DL situation."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Just as he led off the first, Ferguson plunked Corey Dickerson to start the bottom of the second. After striking out David Freese, he walked Colin Moran and Sean Rodriguez. Williams struck out, but Harrison lined a 3-0 fastball down the left-field line for a double, clearing the bases. Meadows walked and Ferguson came out. Starling Marte greeted reliever Hudson with an RBI single, and the Dodgers were down, 4-0.

"I threw way too many pitches [39] for one inning," Ferguson said.

Video: LAD@PIT: Harrison plates 3 with a double to left

HE SAID IT
"Right now, even tonight, taking a walk when he had an opportunity to swing the bat, he's doing a lot of things that I think he hasn't done. He's never been a high on-base guy. ... His ability to take the walk, hit to all fields, this is as good a run as I've seen." -- Roberts, on the red-hot Kemp

UP NEXT
The Dodgers send another rookie out for his first big league start Thursday (9:35 a.m. PT) to face the Pirates in the series finale at PNC Park. This time it's right-hander Dennis Santana, who earned a win in relief Friday at Colorado. It wasn't a good outing, though, allowing five runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings. He will face Pirates righty Jameson Taillon.

Bob Cohn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Pittsburgh. Mason Wittner contributed to this report.

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Dodgers' Draft class heavy in college talent

Only 6 HS players among 40 picks; Roberts' godson taken in Round 39
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LOS ANGELES -- Fifty years ago, Al Campanis conducted the most productive Draft in the history of the Dodgers (if not the entire Major Leagues), selecting the nucleus of the club that would go to four World Series and win one in 1981.

Draft Tracker: Every Dodgers pick

LOS ANGELES -- Fifty years ago, Al Campanis conducted the most productive Draft in the history of the Dodgers (if not the entire Major Leagues), selecting the nucleus of the club that would go to four World Series and win one in 1981.

Draft Tracker: Every Dodgers pick

Thirty years ago, the Dodgers drafted the manager's godson in the waning rounds. He became Mike Piazza, a Hall of Fame catcher.

:: 2018 Draft coverage ::

Billy Gasparino on Wednesday selected the current manager's godson just before completing his fourth Draft as the Dodgers' scouting director. That 1968 Draft is a high bar for any club to shoot for -- as is finding another Piazza among the leftovers. But Gasparino came away pleased.

"It's definitely what we would call an above-average outcome," Gasparino said. "We're really excited to hand them off to [Minor League director] Brandon Gomes."

Gasparino was well prepared when asked if he thought 39th-round pick Jordan Myrow, an outfielder at San Jacinto College in Texas, would turn out as well as the last player picked as a favor to the manager.

"I hope so," Gasparino said, knowing that Ben Wade picked Piazza as a favor to Tommy Lasorda, who grew up with Piazza's father, Vince.

Myrow's father, John, played with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts at UCLA. Jordan transferred to San Jacinto from UCLA.

As he has in each of his four Drafts with the Dodgers, Gasparino focused on college players.

"Money plays into it, but the underlying philosophy is that college players are probably a better asset," he said. "And they can get better. It gets understated, but they show up in the big leagues. We really believe in that play, and we go to it a lot."

But while 34 of the 40 picks were college players, two of the first four picks -- first-rounder J.T. Ginn and fourth-rounder Braydon Fisher -- were right-handed high school pitchers. In total, the Dodgers drafted 19 pitchers and 21 position players.

Ginn was the primary target. Gasparino compared him to Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Houston's Lance McCullers Jr. Ginn was named the Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Mississippi and has a commitment to attend Mississippi State University.

Gasparino rolled the dice with his second pick, right-hander Michael Grove from West Virginia University, who missed the 2018 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Video: Draft 2018: Dodgers draft RHP Michael Grove No. 68

Gasparino used Walker Buehler as an example of the club's success in returning Tommy John patients to pre-surgery performance levels. Buehler had Tommy John surgery shortly after he was Gasparino's first pick out of Vanderbilt in 2015.

The Dodgers' top pick on Day 2 was John Rooney, a left-hander from Hofstra University, who figures to be fast-tracked as either a starter or reliever.

Video: Draft 2018: Dodgers draft LHP Rooney No. 104

Topping the Dodgers' Day 3 picks was 11th-rounder Stephen Kolek, a right-hander from Texas A&M (Ross Stripling's alma mater). Kolek's brother, Tyler, was the second overall player taken in the 2014 Draft by the Marlins. Gasparino sees him as a starter.

The 12th-rounder was catcher Hunter Feduccia from LSU, who has recovered from breaking both hands to be a plus receiver, Gasparino said.

Possibly the most intriguing pick on Wednesday was outfielder Jeremiah Vison from Golden West College in California. He's listed at 148 pounds and 5-foot-5, which Gasparino said "might be stretching it."

"But we think he's the fastest player in the Draft, and we just love the player and the energy he brings," Gasparino said.

Vison has a commitment to attend Abilene Christian.

Among other interesting Dodgers Day 3 draftees: 14th-round Washington high school pick Brandon White is 6-foot-8; 15th-round pitcher Julian Smith of Catawba Valley Community College had Tommy John surgery in 2014; 17th-round outfielder Aldrich De Jongh from Hillsborough Community College is a speedy outfielder from Curacao, also the home of Kenley Jansen; 18th-round outfielder Niko Hulsizer from Morehead State missed time this season with a broken hand; and 20th-round pitcher Caleb Sampen from Wright State is the son of former Major League pitcher Bill Sampen.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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Dodgers draft Hofstra LHP Rooney on Day 2

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LOS ANGELES -- With a limited bonus pool budget, the Dodgers took what the 2018 MLB Draft gave them on Tuesday's second day of selections.

Draft Tracker: Follow every Dodgers Draft pick

LOS ANGELES -- With a limited bonus pool budget, the Dodgers took what the 2018 MLB Draft gave them on Tuesday's second day of selections.

Draft Tracker: Follow every Dodgers Draft pick

After taking right-handed pitchers J.T. Ginn and Michael Grove in the first two rounds on Monday, scouting director Billy Gasparino took pitchers with three of his first four selections on Tuesday, then shifted the emphasis to position players, focusing all day on college players (seven of eight and the last four).

"We felt going in the depth of this Draft was college position players," said Gasparino. "With what the high school players wanted in the way of money, we were out on a lot of them. It was their choice, not ours."

The Draft concludes on Wednesday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 9 a.m. PT.

Here are the Tuesday picks:

Round 3: LHP John Rooney, Hofstra
Gasparino said he liked Rooney's "pitchability and deception, with the stuff to go with it." At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, Rooney has the size, but his best pitch is a slider and MLB Pipeline's Jonathan Mayo projects him as a back-of-the-rotation starter with "three average pitches," making him a "high-floor, low-ceiling" pick that could "move quick." He was a Golden Spikes finalist.

Video: Draft Report: John Rooney, College pitcher

MLB Pipeline ranked Rooney as the No. 181 prospect, and the Dodgers took him as a starter with the 104th overall pick. He was 8-2 with a 1.23 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 95 innings this season. He was undrafted out of high school, but hit the radar playing in the Cape Cod League.

Round 4: RHP Braydon Fisher, Clear Falls (Texas) HS
Although he took a high school pitcher in Ginn in the first round, Gasparino sounded almost as pleased with Fisher in the fourth.

"He's exciting, athletic and young [only 17]," said Gasparino. "He was kind of new to the scouting scene and he made a big jump this year. Our scouts got on him early and I think that's one of the factors in getting him."

Video: Draft Report: Braydon Fisher, HS pitcher

Fisher is already 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, with a fastball that ranges from 90-96 mph. MLB Pipeline ranked him as the No. 80 prospect going into the Draft, and the Dodgers got him with the 134th overall pick. He has a commitment to Lamar University.

Round 5: SS Devin Mann, Louisville
As MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis said, "It will be interesting to see how this plays out." The Dodgers announced Mann as a shortstop, although he played second base in college. Gasparino said he's confident Mann can play shortstop and that's where he'll begin. This year, he hit .303 with seven homers, 52 RBIs and 52 walks in 64 games. He's 6-foot-3, 210 pounds and 21 years old.

:: 2018 Draft coverage ::

The Dodgers' second pick in the first round in 2016, catcher Will Smith, also played at Louisville, as did pitcher Kyle Funkhouser, who they took with the second pick in the first round of 2015 but did not sign.

Round 6: LHP Bryan Warzek, University of New Orleans
The 21-year-old Warzek is a durable lefty, 6 feet tall and 205 pounds, who went 5-2 with a 2.82 ERA this year. His ERA went up, but his opponents' batting average went down this year. He had 127 strikeouts in 95 2/3 innings, relying on a sinking fastball that touched 95 mph, according to MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis.

Gasparino said he likes Warzek's aggressiveness and deception. Because of his size, some scouts believe he will be a reliever, but Gasparino said he will begin as a starter.

Round 7: RF James Outman, Cal State Sacramento
The Dodgers considered Outman one of the better athletes in the Draft, Gasparino said, and he was a high school football star. A left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower, Outman was the MVP in the Cal Ripken Summer League last year, which put him on the map. The 21-year-old is a power hitter who has not hit for average in college as he did last summer. In 2018, he hit .253 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs. He's 6-foot-3 and 213 pounds.

Gasparino said Outman's strikeout rate is "an issue" that the Minor League staff will work on, but "I love the upside."

Round 8: 2B Luke Heyer, University of Kentucky
A typical multi-position Dodgers pick, the 22-year-old Heyer has played third base and outfield but is listed as a second baseman. He hit .348 with an uptick in power for 18 homers and 57 RBIs this year. He is a junior college transfer who played with Outman last summer in the Cal Ripken League.

Gasparino said Heyer "found it this year" while playing in a tough conference. The Dodgers drafted two Kentucky players on the second day last year, pitcher Zach Pop and outfielder Zach Reks.

Round 9: CF Josh McLain, North Carolina State
The Dodgers get a second chance at McLain, whom they drafted last year in the 14th round but didn't sign. Now he's a senior, so he'll be very signable. The 21-year-old is 6-foot and 165 pounds, with "plus-plus speed," according to MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis, and has gap power. McLain hit .344 in 60 games with 40 RBIs, 51 runs scored and didn't make an error in the outfield.

Round 10: 2B Deacon Liput, Florida
The Dodgers get a second shot at Liput as well, as they drafted him in the 29th round last year. Gasparino said the tools that made the Dodgers target Liput a year ago hadn't changed, even though Liput was suspended by the school for the first quarter of the 2018 season for undisclosed "off-field issues." Once he returned, he played mostly shortstop, but the Dodgers selected him as a second baseman. He was selected in the 39th round by the Yankees out of high school.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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Dodgers select RHPs Ginn, Grove in Draft

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LOS ANGELES -- If you like Toronto's Marcus Stroman or Houston's Lance McCullers Jr., the Dodgers hope you'll soon like their first-round pick in Monday's 2018 MLB Draft. Those are the pitchers scouting director Billy Gasparino offered as comparisons to J.T. Ginn, the Mississippi high school right-handed pitcher Gasparino selected.

Draft Tracker: Follow every Dodgers Draft pick

LOS ANGELES -- If you like Toronto's Marcus Stroman or Houston's Lance McCullers Jr., the Dodgers hope you'll soon like their first-round pick in Monday's 2018 MLB Draft. Those are the pitchers scouting director Billy Gasparino offered as comparisons to J.T. Ginn, the Mississippi high school right-handed pitcher Gasparino selected.

Draft Tracker: Follow every Dodgers Draft pick

"Premium velocity that goes with great movement," Gasparino said of Ginn. "He's got the pitch quality right now. How fast it comes, we think he's advanced. Now, it's working on the finer points."

The 19-year-old Ginn, taken with the 30th overall pick, is a 6-1, 199-pounder from Brandon High School with a high-90s mph fastball. Ginn was selected the Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Mississippi and has a commitment to attend Mississippi State University.

In the second round (68th overall selection), the Dodgers took 21-year-old right-handed pitcher Michael Grove from West Virginia University, who missed the 2018 season recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery.

:: 2018 Draft coverage ::

Gasparino used Walker Buehler as an example of the club's success in returning Tommy John patients to pre-surgery performance levels. Buehler had Tommy John surgery shortly after he was Gasparino's first pick in 2015.

Ginn went 5-1 with a 0.36 ERA, 78 strikeouts and nine walks in 39 1/3 innings this year. He made eight appearances, seven starts, with three complete games and a no-hitter. In addition to pitching, he played shortstop in high school and this year hit .419 with nine home runs and 27 RBIs. Ginn was the No. 33 prospect in the Draft according to MLB Pipeline.

Aside from Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley, the Dodgers' track record drafting high school pitchers in the first round is spotty. But because Ginn is 19, Gasparino believes the risk is reduced.

"He has premium velocity with a lot of movement and we've seen him develop a better delivery this year," said Gasparino. "We feel he'll be a starter for us one day. We think he's advanced. With his body, ligaments, tendons, tissue -- he's just had one more year to mature, another year of proving he can handle the workload. The added age is a positive in his case."

Gasparino said the Dodgers drafted Ginn as a starting pitcher, not a reliever or a hitter, although he's done both well.

"We heard on TV about him being a reliever," said Gasparino. "I think there was some confusion about him pitching relief early in the season. He went seven innings four times. I think it was a little misinformation. He has premium stuff with a controlled delivery and we think that's a good foundation to be a starter."

The recommended slot signing bonus for the 30th overall pick is $2,275,800. The slot for the 68th pick is $917,000. Gasparino said he hadn't spoken with either player since their selections and wouldn't speculate on their signability.

"We really hope to sign both kids," he said.

Gasparino said the Dodgers thought highly of Grove before he was injured and were comfortable with medical reports that he will heal 100 percent from the surgery he had 12 months ago.

"We felt like his talent level matched that pick number and with our comfort level from last year. It made sense for us," said Gasparino, who has proved in his four Dodgers Drafts that he won't shy away from Tommy John recipients.

"We feel confident in our development people and medical staff to get these pitchers back to where they were. The Walker Buehler example is a good one and we hope to repeat it with Grove."

This is Gasparino's fourth Dodgers Draft. With the first pick in the other three, he went with a college pitcher (Buehler), a high school shortstop (Gavin Lux) and a college outfielder (Jeren Kendall).

The Draft continues on Tuesday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com preview show begins at 12:30 p.m. ET, with exclusive coverage beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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Dodgers seeking maximum value in Draft

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LOS ANGELES -- The 2018 Draft marks the 50th anniversary of Al Campanis' legendary Class of 1968 that produced 11 Major Leaguers and six All-Stars, forming the nucleus of Dodgers clubs that won four pennants and one World Series from 1974-81.

This year's Draft will take place today through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 3 p.m. PT. MLB Network will broadcast the first 43 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 78 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, with a preview show beginning at 9:30 a.m. PT. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Day 3, beginning at 9 a.m. PT.

LOS ANGELES -- The 2018 Draft marks the 50th anniversary of Al Campanis' legendary Class of 1968 that produced 11 Major Leaguers and six All-Stars, forming the nucleus of Dodgers clubs that won four pennants and one World Series from 1974-81.

This year's Draft will take place today through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 3 p.m. PT. MLB Network will broadcast the first 43 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 78 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, with a preview show beginning at 9:30 a.m. PT. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Day 3, beginning at 9 a.m. PT.

:: 2018 Draft coverage ::

Go to MLB.com/draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLB Pipeline analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.

Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the Dodgers, whose first selection is the 30th overall pick.

In about 50 words
In addition to the 30th overall pick, the Dodgers have the 62nd, 100th and 130th picks in the first four rounds. Despite organizational deep pockets, signability is key in targeting picks and strategy is implemented to maximize the amount of quality players within the constraints of the allotted bonus pool.

The scoop
This is the fourth Draft of the current management team. Billy Gasparino is the director of amateur scouting, but top brass Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zaidi, Josh Byrnes and David Finley are also heavily involved in a group effort. With the first pick in their first three Drafts, they went with a college pitcher (Walker Buehler), a high school shortstop (Gavin Lux) and a college outfielder (Jeren Kendall).

Video: Top Prospects: Jeren Kendall, OF, Dodgers

First-round buzz
MLB Pipeline's latest mock Draft projects the Dodgers taking Oklahoma outfielder Steele Walker with the 30th overall pick. According to MLB Pipeline, "Walker's best tool is his bat, to go along with his outstanding instincts and makeup that allow his tools to play up." He's 5-11, 190 pounds and bats and throws left-handed.

Money matters
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team has an allotted bonus pool equal to the sum of the values of that club's selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. The more picks a team has, and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool. The signing bonuses for a team's selections in the first 10 rounds, plus any bonus greater than $125,000 for a player taken after the 10th round, will apply toward the bonus-pool total.

Any team going up to 5 percent over its allotted pool will be taxed at a 75 percent rate on the overage. A team that overspends by 5-10 percent gets a 75 percent tax plus the loss of a first-round pick. A team that goes 10-15 percent over its pool amount will be hit with a 100 percent penalty on the overage and the loss of a first- and second-round pick. Any overage of 15 percent or more gets a 100 percent tax plus the loss of first-round picks in the next two Drafts.

The Dodgers have $5,288,200 to spend on their first 10 picks with $2,275,800 designated for the 30th overall pick, $917,000 for the 68th overall pick in the second round, $538,800 for the 104th overall pick in the third round and $402,300 for the 134th overall pick in the fourth round. In the past, the Dodgers have been rigid about not exceeding the threshold that would cost a first-round pick.

Shopping list
The organizational need is left-handed pitching, but as demonstrated below, need doesn't drive the Dodgers' Drafts. They also haven't drafted and developed an All-Star second baseman since Steve Sax (Dee Gordon was drafted as a shortstop).

Trend watch
Proof the Dodgers don't draft for need: Entering last year's Draft, there wasn't a left-handed pitcher listed among MLB Pipeline's Top 30 prospects in the organization. Then the club didn't draft one until the 22nd round. In other words, they really do take the best talent available, in their opinion, regardless of organization need. That said, Gasparino's first pick has been a college player in four of the five years he's run a Draft (including two for San Diego).

Rising fast
Outfielder DJ Peters, a sixth-round pick in 2016, has only one full professional season under his belt. But after an impressive big league Spring Training, he's continued to produce for Double-A Tulsa. According to MLB Pipleline, Peters is "built along the lines of Aaron Judge. Peters has similar huge raw right-handed power and a strong arm. His strength and the leverage in his 6-foot-6 frame allow him to crush balls out of any part of any ballpark, though his size also leads to a naturally long swing."

Video: LAD@CWS: Peters lifts a two-run homer to take lead

Cinderella story
Caleb Ferguson, a 38th-round high school pick coming off Tommy John surgery when drafted in 2014, was recently promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City before turning 22. He's the highest-rated left-handed pitcher in the system, according to MLB Pipeline. His signing scout was Marty Lamb, who also was credited with signing Buehler, Chad Billingsley and A.J. Ellis.

In the show
From the current 25-man roster, Matt Kemp (sixth round in 2003), Joc Pederson (11th round in 2010), Ross Stripling (fifth round in 2012), Brock Stewart (sixth round in 2014) and Cody Bellinger (fourth round in 2014) were drafted by the Dodgers and developed by their Minor League system. That doesn't include Clayton Kershaw (first round, seventh overall, in 2006) and Corey Seager (first round, 18th overall, in 2012), who are on the disabled list.

Video: LAD@WSH: Bellinger crushes a solo homer to center

Dodgers recent top picks
2017: Jeren Kendall, OF, Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga
2016: Gavin Lux, SS, Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga
2015: Walker Buehler, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
2014: Grant Holmes, RHP, injured shoulder (Oakland)
2013: Chris Anderson, RHP, no team

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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Santana gets first Major League hit, win

Pitcher shows he's got some pop at plate, drives in two in fourth
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DENVER -- Dodgers pitching prospect Dennis Santana made his Major League debut Friday night and provided plenty to chew on.

He showed a lively mix of pitches and a surprisingly lethal bat, lacing a two-run double with the bases loaded in his first plate appearance. He also allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings, coughed up two leads, hit the opposing pitcher with a pitch and yet was credited with the victory in an 11-8 win over the Rockies.

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DENVER -- Dodgers pitching prospect Dennis Santana made his Major League debut Friday night and provided plenty to chew on.

He showed a lively mix of pitches and a surprisingly lethal bat, lacing a two-run double with the bases loaded in his first plate appearance. He also allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings, coughed up two leads, hit the opposing pitcher with a pitch and yet was credited with the victory in an 11-8 win over the Rockies.

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"It was beautiful to run out of the bullpen and face these batters I had only seen on TV," Santana said. "It was a great experience. I thank my team for helping me get my first win."

Santana, however, was asked to debut at inhospitable Coors Field, of all places. He realized what he was in for as he was warming up before entering the game in the second inning.

"I was in the bullpen, seeing all the balls being hit, and I thought, wow, balls are going all over the place," Santana said. "I had to adjust when I got on the mound. I noticed the balls are different, the seams aren't as thick."

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was non-committal about the next assignment for Santana, used as a reliever in this game after the Dodgers started Scott Alexander.

Video: LAD@COL: Santana K's Gonzalez for 1st career K

"We're going to talk through it," Roberts said. "With the uncertainty of our staff, we have an off-day Monday and Dennis is in the mix [for a start]. Don't know how it will play out. He's down through the off-day. We'll see if it makes sense for him to make a start. See if we want guys to take an extra day."

Santana was called up after only two starts at Triple-A because injuries have decimated the rotation, with four members (Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu) currently on the disabled list.

Santana might deserve a start just to get more at-bats. Batting in the top of the fourth inning with one out and the bases loaded, Santana pulled a first pitch from Tyler Anderson into the left-field corner for a two-run double that tied the game. By the time the inning was over, the Dodgers led the Rockies, 5-4.

"I just went up there with a positive mindset of swinging at anything that was there and that's what happened," Santana said.

A shortstop when he was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2013, the 22-year-old Santana hit only .198 before his conversion, and has raced through the Dodgers' farm system since. He was promoted earlier this week from Triple-A Oklahoma City following a promotion after eight starts at Double-A Tulsa. He is the No. 9-ranked prospect in the organization by MLB Pipeline.

"Obviously, the game was fast," Roberts said. "He had a lot of emotions, adrenaline. They put some good swings on some good pitches. Hopefully, he learned something from it. The velocity was good, the fastball command obviously wasn't consistent. Some good sliders, not consistent, but in altitude it's hard sometimes."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com.

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No. 9 prospect Santana joining Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES -- Pitching prospect Dennis Santana is being called up to the Dodgers' big league staff, according to a post on his Twitter account.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the club would add one or two pitchers after Kenta Maeda left Tuesday night's start in the second inning because of a strained right hip. Maeda is likely to go on the disabled list, Roberts said.

LOS ANGELES -- Pitching prospect Dennis Santana is being called up to the Dodgers' big league staff, according to a post on his Twitter account.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the club would add one or two pitchers after Kenta Maeda left Tuesday night's start in the second inning because of a strained right hip. Maeda is likely to go on the disabled list, Roberts said.

Maeda's short start, combined with a four-inning spot start by Brock Stewart on Monday, necessitated the Dodgers bullpen to pick up 12 1/3 innings in two days.

Santana, ranked No. 9 among Dodgers prospects by MLB Pipeline, was recently promoted from Double-A Tulsa to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The 22-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic was 0-2 with a 2.56 ERA in eight games for Tulsa and 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in two starts for Oklahoma City. He was signed in 2013 for $170,00 as a shortstop before converting to pitching in 2015.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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These 5 prospects could impact NL West race

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The National League West race has already been plenty surprising, but it also feels ... incomplete. The Dodgers and Giants are both without their aces. The D-backs are down their best everyday player. The standings seem a bit topsy-turvy right now, but it's also easy to remind yourself that these teams are sure to change over the coming months.

And that's not just a matter of injuries. Every team in the division has at least one prospect knocking on the door, players who could shape the race in their own ways if given the opportunity.

The National League West race has already been plenty surprising, but it also feels ... incomplete. The Dodgers and Giants are both without their aces. The D-backs are down their best everyday player. The standings seem a bit topsy-turvy right now, but it's also easy to remind yourself that these teams are sure to change over the coming months.

And that's not just a matter of injuries. Every team in the division has at least one prospect knocking on the door, players who could shape the race in their own ways if given the opportunity.

Here's a look at one prospect to watch for each club.

Video: Top Prospects: Jon Duplantier, RHP, D-backs

D-backs
Prospect:
Jon Duplantier, RHP
MLB Pipeline rankings: D-backs' No. 1 prospect, overall No. 68
Why you should keep an eye on him: A year after starring in the notoriously hitter-friendly California League, Duplantier has handled the jump to Double-A with ease. And he's done it while keeping his strikeout rate high and slashing his walk rate. The problem, of course, is that Arizona has plenty of pitching, even with Taijuan Walker out. What the Snakes need is a bat. Still, Duplantier has risen rapidly -- he's at his fourth level after just 30 professional starts -- so he could be putting himself in position to help if there's a need down the road sometime.
ETA: It will most likely be 2019, but Duplantier is doing everything he can to force the issue.

Video: LAD@SD: Verdugo plates Utley with a single to right

Dodgers
Prospect:
Alex Verdugo, OF
MLB Pipeline rankings: Dodgers' No. 2 prospect, overall No. 30
Why you should keep an eye on him: We could have gone with Walker Buehler here, but it seems likely he'll be losing his prospect status sooner than later. He's up, and it seems he's up to stay. Verdugo appears to have a tougher fight for a spot on the big league roster. He has the ability, though. Verdugo has excellent bat-to-ball skills, and he's using them to hit .300 yet again. He also has an exceptional arm and is at least a big league-caliber right fielder, if not a potential center fielder. It's a bit of an unusual package -- Verdugo is not really a leadoff man since he doesn't walk much, and he's not really a middle-of-the-order hitter since he doesn't hit for power. But he hits, he catches, he throws and he held his own in an audition earlier this year. Verdugo will help the Dodgers again before the year is out.
ETA: September at the latest, but it will be surprising if it's not sooner.

Giants
Prospect:
Austin Slater, OF
MLB Pipeline rankings: Giants' No. 5 prospect
Why you should keep an eye on him: In short, because Slater is raking. And one of baseball's oldest truths is, if you hit, they'll find a spot for you. In classic Giants fashion, Slater is not a highly touted tool box. He's just a guy who's producing. Slater has refined his strike zone over the years and he's torching the PCL to the tune of .396/.472/.679. He is 25 and in his fifth year of pro ball, so he may not have a ton of growth remaining in his game. But Slater is hitting, and that's the surest ticket to The Show.
ETA: It's kind of now or never; if Slater can't force his way into the mix before the year is out, it's hard to see when he will.

Video: Top Prospects: Luis Urias, 2B, Padres

Padres
Prospect:
Luis Urias, IF
MLB Pipeline rankings: Padres' No. 3 prospect, overall No. 32
Why you should keep an eye on him: Urias doesn't have quite the hype, or the famous name, of fellow future Friar Fernando Tatis Jr. But he is closer to the Majors than Tatis, and at least arguably having a better year. Urias is the more polished of the two prized infield prospects, with an advanced approach that has produced a .407 OBP at Triple-A. He looks like he'll play a solid second base in the big leagues. Urias may never be a basher, but he's shown some improved pop this year, which will help him keep drawing walks at the top level.
ETA: It could very well come after the non-waiver Trade Deadline, once San Diego clears some space for him.

Video: COL@PIT: McMahon doubles the lead with RBI single

Rockies
Prospect:
Ryan McMahon, 1B
MLB Pipeline rankings: Rockies' No. 2 prospect, overall No. 38
Why you should keep an eye on him: You may not have heard, but the Rockies haven't gotten an awful lot of production out of first base this year. And McMahon can hit, posting a .355 average in the Minors last year. He's scuffled some this year, including in a 60 plate-appearance look with the big club, but he's come on since he was sent back down to Triple-A. Meanwhile Ian Desmond is hitting .180 with a .233 OBP, and has a .671 OPS since joining the Rockies last year. There's also been talk of giving McMahon a look at second base, but that seems like a tough ask. Still, it's an indication that he's on the big club's radar.
ETA: Like Verdugo, McMahon is certain to get a September callup, and likely to get another before then.

Matthew Leach is the National League executive editor for MLB.com.

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