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Lux, Gonsolin honored as top Minors players

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers named the Branch Rickey Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year on Monday, selecting shortstop Gavin Lux and right-hander Tony Gonsolin.

Lux, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Dodgers' No. 6 prospect, hit a combined .324/.399/.514 between Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa. That included a 2-for-4 performance with a leadoff homer and a walk to lead Tulsa to the Texas League championship on Friday.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers named the Branch Rickey Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year on Monday, selecting shortstop Gavin Lux and right-hander Tony Gonsolin.

Lux, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Dodgers' No. 6 prospect, hit a combined .324/.399/.514 between Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa. That included a 2-for-4 performance with a leadoff homer and a walk to lead Tulsa to the Texas League championship on Friday.

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Gonsolin, ranked 14th in the Dodgers' system, posted a 10-2 record with a 2.60 ERA in 26 starts between Rancho Cucamonga and Tulsa.

Worth noting
Tony Cingrani and John Axford were activated from the disabled list on Monday as expected, while Yimi Garcia also rejoined the Dodgers' active roster after a stint with Rancho Cucamonga.

Justin Turner is "as close to 100 percent as he could possibly be," according to manager Dave Roberts. Turner was struck by a pitch to his left wrist on Friday. He hit 5-for-7 over the weekend in St. Louis after the hit-by-pitch.

Video: LAD@STL: Turner gets hit by the pitch, stays in game

• Roberts said that Julio Urias is expected to pitch every third day, with the team hoping he gets to pitch an inning during its series against Colorado. Urias was activated last Monday and pitched one scoreless inning against the Cardinals on Saturday.

"Right now, it's hard to forecast what we're going to do with Julio the rest of the season," Roberts said.

Jack Baer is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Dodgers instructional league roster, schedule

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At the end of each season, Major League clubs hold instructional league play, commonly known as instructs, an extended mini-camp that allows Minor Leaguers -- particularly those just starting their pro careers at the lower levels of their team's system -- to get some work in before calling it a year. Players work on specific parts of their game and get offseason workout plans while often playing a handful of games against nearby teams to provide low-key competition to put what they are working on into practice.

At the end of each season, Major League clubs hold instructional league play, commonly known as instructs, an extended mini-camp that allows Minor Leaguers -- particularly those just starting their pro careers at the lower levels of their team's system -- to get some work in before calling it a year. Players work on specific parts of their game and get offseason workout plans while often playing a handful of games against nearby teams to provide low-key competition to put what they are working on into practice.

Instructional league rosters

Here's a look at the Dodgers' roster, with the players' rank in the team's Top 30 Prospects in parentheses:

PITCHERS: Aldry Acosta; Reza Aleaziz; Jasiel Alvino; Israiky Berroa; Justin Bruihl; Jeronimo Castro; Jose Chacin; Nelfri Contreras; Leo Crawford; Franklin De La Paz; Reinaldo De Paula; Austin Drury; Carlos Duran; Max Gamboa; Jacob Gilliland; Michael Grove (No. 12); Joel Inoa; Andre Jackson; Marshall Kasowski (No. 23); Stephen Kolek; Justin Lewis; Jose Martinez; Connor Mitchell; Carlos Montilla; Wills Montgomerie; Ryan Moseley; Orlandy Navarro; Darien Nunez; Jose Rodulfo; John Rooney (No. 18); Evy Ruibal; Logan Salow; Caleb Sampen; Connor Strain; Joan Valdez; Bryan Warzek; Mark Washington; Zach Willeman; Nathan Witt; Guillermo Zuniga

CATCHERS: Jair Camargo; Diego Cartaya (No. 11); Hunter Feduccia; Marco Hernandez; Andres Noriega; Ramon Rodriguez; Tre Todd; Connor Wong (No. 16)

INFIELDERS: Ronny Brito (No. 22); Kenneth Betancourt; Marcus Chiu; Luke Heyer; Meaux Landry; Sauryn Lao; Eddys Leonard; Deacon Liput; Devin Mann; Sam McWilliams; Luis Rodriguez; Cristian Santana (No. 24)

OUTFIELDERS: Ismael Alcantara; Drew Avans; Donovan Casey; Matt Cogen; Aldrich De Jongh; Yunior Garcia; Starling Heredia (No. 25); Niko Hulsizer; Jeren Kendall (No. 9); James Outman; Andy Pages; Daniel Robinson; Andrew Shaps

SCHEDULE
Mon., Sept. 24 - at Brewers
Tue., Sept. 25 - at Padres
Wed.., Sept. 26 - Camp day
Thur., Sept. 27 - vs. A's
Fri., Sept. 28 - Camp day
Sat., Sept. 29 - vs. White Sox
Sun., Sept. 30 - Off day
Mon., Oct. 1 - at Brewers
Tue., Oct. 2 - vs. White Sox
Wed., Oct. 3 - Camp day
Thur., Oct. 4 - vs. A's
Fri., Oct. 5 - Camp day
Sat., Oct. 6 - at Rangers
Sun., Oct. 7 - Off day
Mon., Oct. 8 - vs. Team Italy
Tue., Oct. 9 - vs. Royals
Wed., Oct. 10 - Camp day
Thur., Oct. 11 - at Reds
Fri., Oct. 12 - Camp day
Sat., Oct. 13 - vs. White Sox

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No. 1 prospect Verdugo joins expanded roster

Outfielder among 4 called up; Rosscup, Utley activated from DL
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LOS ANGELES -- There were no surprises from the Dodgers when rosters expanded on Saturday. In addition to adding trade acquisitions David Freese and Ryan Madson, the Dodgers recalled outfielders Alex Verdugo, Andrew Toles and Tim Locastro and catcher Kyle Farmer from Triple-A Oklahoma City and activated infielder Chase Utley and reliever Zac Rosscup from the disabled list.

Manager Dave Roberts said third catcher Rocky Gale might be added on Sunday, but there will be fewer bodies in the clubhouse than last September's 40.

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LOS ANGELES -- There were no surprises from the Dodgers when rosters expanded on Saturday. In addition to adding trade acquisitions David Freese and Ryan Madson, the Dodgers recalled outfielders Alex Verdugo, Andrew Toles and Tim Locastro and catcher Kyle Farmer from Triple-A Oklahoma City and activated infielder Chase Utley and reliever Zac Rosscup from the disabled list.

Manager Dave Roberts said third catcher Rocky Gale might be added on Sunday, but there will be fewer bodies in the clubhouse than last September's 40.

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Roberts reiterated that the callups will "essentially help support the guys that are already here." In other words, neither Verdugo nor Toles will immediately supplant a current starting outfielder, although Roberts left open the possibility of earned additional opportunities.

"Alex is ready to be here, he's Major League-ready," said Roberts. "We're going to be watching closely. If more playing time is the result, great, but that remains to be seen."

Roberts provided no clarity on the immediate future of left-hander Julio Urias, who faced only three batters Friday night and walked two in a Triple-A rehab outing. Urias hasn't thrown a Major League pitch in more than a year because of shoulder surgery. The club hoped he could provide relief help down the stretch, but he hasn't pitched with less than four days between appearances and doesn't appear ready.

The 22-year-old Verdugo, MLB Pipeline's top Dodgers prospect, has had two stints with the big league team this season, slashing .280/.345/.440 with a homer, five doubles and three RBIs in 14 games. He hit .329/.391/.472 with 10 homers, 44 RBIs and eight steals in Triple-A en route to being named a Pacific Coast League Midseason All-Star and Postseason All-Star.

After appearing in a combined 79 games over the last two seasons with the Dodgers, the 26-year-old Toles has only seen action in seven Major League games this season and is 6-for-23 (.261) with a pair of doubles.

Locastro and Farmer will both make their second stints with the Dodgers this season. Locastro, 26, has four homers, 25 RBIs and 18 steals with Oklahoma City this year, while Farmer has played in 32 games with the Dodgers in 2018. Though he's only hitting .238, he was effective as a pinch-hitter for Los Angeles, going 6-for-16 with four RBIs in such situations.

Rosscup has been sidelined since his last outing on Aug. 19 with a left calf strain, and though he owns a 6.75 ERA this season, that last outing was an immaculate inning against the Mariners. Utley has been on the disabled list since Aug. 2 with left wrist inflammation, and the 16-year Major League veteran is hitting .240/.321/.342 this season and has particularly excelled off the bench, where he's 13-for-29 (.448), second in the Major Leagues.

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

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7 contenders with prospects to make a big deal

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At this time of year, when buyers are competing to bolster their rosters for the stretch run and sellers are looking to next season and beyond, arguably nothing is more important than the prospects contenders have -- and are willing -- to trade.

While much attention is paid to the top name or two in each team's farm system, depth matters too.

At this time of year, when buyers are competing to bolster their rosters for the stretch run and sellers are looking to next season and beyond, arguably nothing is more important than the prospects contenders have -- and are willing -- to trade.

While much attention is paid to the top name or two in each team's farm system, depth matters too.

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Just look at the Dodgers, who were able to acquire Manny Machado from the Orioles without giving up their top two prospects, outfielder Alex Verdugo (No. 29 overall, per MLB Pipeline) and catcher Keibert Ruiz (No. 38 overall). They also held onto right-hander Dustin May (No. 83 overall), whom Baltimore reportedly coveted.

And yet, Los Angeles' five-player package, which was headlined by outfielder Yusniel Diaz, was enough to get a deal done. Diaz was the Dodgers' No. 4 prospect at the time of the trade, and he now tops the O's system while ranking 57th overall.

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So which clubs are in the best position to make a trade like that between now and Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline? Here are seven teams with the prospects to swing a summer blockbuster, ordered based on the number of prospects they have on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 list.

Note: Prospect Points are determined by assigning a numerical value to each spot in the Top 100, giving 100 points to No. 1, 99 points to No. 2, and so on. A team's total is calculated by adding the values assigned to each of its Top 100 prospects.

1. Braves
Top 100 prospects (8): Right-hander Mike Soroka (No. 15 overall, per MLB Pipeline), right-hander Kyle Wright (No. 25), right-hander Ian Anderson (No. 40), third baseman Austin Riley (No. 44), catcher Cristian Pache (No. 58), left-hander Luiz Gohara (No. 63), right-hander Touki Toussaint (No. 78), left-hander Kolby Allard (No. 93)
Prospect Points ranking: 3rd
The Braves' system is stacked, as the club has four more prospects in the Top 100 than any other team on this list. With Atlanta in rebuilding mode over the past several years, the club hasn't made a major Trade Deadline acquisition since Michael Bourn in 2011, and that was under a different regime. Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos was at the helm in Toronto when the Blue Jays picked up David Price from the Tigers for Matthew Boyd, Daniel Norris and Jairo Labourt in July '15, but Anthopoulos has expressed his reluctance to trade young assets for a rental player this time around. If the Braves do deal from their wealth of Top 100 prospects, it will likely be for controllable talent. They are believed to be in the market for relief help and have also been linked to Toronto starter Marcus Stroman, who is under team control through '20.

2. Yankees
Top 100 prospects (4): Left-hander Justus Sheffield (No. 28 overall), outfielder Estevan Florial (No. 47), right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga (No. 77), right-hander Albert Abreu (No. 79)
Prospect Points ranking: 12th
The Yankees' farm system remains among the best in the game without even taking into account Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier, who have both lost their prospect status. The club's system has also been heralded for its depth, even beyond the players in the Top 100. Though the Yankees made a bid for Machado and have discussed Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets, general manager Brian Cashman seemingly has been hesitant to raid the farm for a big-name player. New York has already acquired Zach Britton and J.A. Happ without moving any Top 100 prospects, and there's a chance it won't make any other major moves, even with Aaron Judge sustaining a chip fracture in his right wrist on Thursday and the Yankees sitting 4 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the American League East entering Friday.

Video: Yankees acquire J.A. Happ

3. Dodgers
Top 100 prospects (4): Verdugo, Ruiz, catcher/third baseman Will Smith (No. 74 overall), May
Prospect Points ranking: 11th
Yep, even after acquiring Yu Darvish last July and Machado on July 18, the Dodgers still possess an impressive collection of youngsters in the Minors. But it remains to be seen if president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi are looking to make another big transaction. On one hand, the Dodgers' World Series window is open now, and adding a big-name pitcher such as deGrom or Chris Archer could be the move that brings home a title. Furthermore, it would give the club an insurance policy if Clayton Kershaw decides to opt out of his contract in the offseason. On the other hand, the Dodgers have an incredibly deep roster, six healthy starters and a bullpen that could get Josh Fields and Tony Cingrani back from the disabled list soon.

4. Phillies
Top 100 prospects (3): Right-hander Sixto Sanchez (No. 17 overall), third baseman Alec Bohm (No. 46), right-hander Adonis Medina (No. 73)
Prospect Points ranking: 14th
Another surprise contender in the National League East, the Phillies have been consistently featured in Trade Talk throughout July, and their reported willingness to part with right-hander Medina made them a finalist for Machado. But after falling short in their pursuit of Machado, Philadelphia has turned its attention to lower-cost players. Meanwhile, the club has remained steadfast in its refusal to deal the crown jewel of its farm system, Sanchez, who has recorded a 2.51 ERA in Class A Advanced this season. Still, even if Sanchez remains off the table, the Phils have the pieces to make a Trade Deadline splash should the club's front office decide it is one big acquisition away from emerging as the favorite in a wide-open NL.

5. Brewers
Top 100 prospects (3): Second baseman Keston Hiura (No. 27 overall), right-hander Corbin Burnes (No. 53), right-hander Freddy Peralta (No. 82)
Prospect Points ranking: 17th
Milwaukee was a Trade Deadline seller in general manager David Stearns' first season in charge, sending Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress to the Rangers and Will Smith to the Giants in 2016, and Stearns held off on making a notable deal last July despite being in contention for the postseason. It's been a different story this year, with the Brewers landing reliever Joakim Soria and third baseman Mike Moustakas, though the highest-ranked prospect they moved in those transactions was outfielder Brett Phillips, who was 10th on Milwaukee's list before being sent to Kansas City for Moose. That leaves Stearns with a strong system to trade from as he looks to address the rotation, which remains the club's biggest area of need. Peralta has already made a significant impact in the Majors, posting a 3.74 ERA with an 11.8 K/9 rate in eight starts, so it's unlikely the Brewers would move him for another starter. Meanwhile, the belief around baseball, according to The Athletic (subscription required), is that Milwaukee won't trade Hiura, who has recorded an .868 OPS in the Minors this season. But Burnes could be in play as the headliner in a blockbuster deal.

Video: Joel Sherman on possible Trade Deadline stories

6. Astros
Top 100 prospects (3): Right-hander Forrest Whitley (No. 7 overall), outfielder Kyle Tucker (No. 8), outfielder Yordan Alvarez (No. 42)
Prospect Points ranking: 6th
After winning the 2017 World Series championship with former highly rated prospects such as Carlos Correa, George Springer, Alex Bregman and Lance McCullers Jr. playing key roles and trading for Gerrit Cole in the offseason, the Astros still have a good deal of promising youngsters on the farm. But Houston's MLB roster is so talented that the club likely won't need to move any of its top prospects for a substantial upgrade. Of course, if Astros president of baseball operations and general manager Jeff Luhnow does want to bring in, say, the Reds' Raisel Iglesias or the Marlins' J.T. Realmuto, he likely could make it happen by dangling Whitley, Tucker and/or Alvarez.

7. A's
Top 100 prospects (3): Left-hander Jesus Luzardo (No. 12 overall), left-hander A.J. Puk (No. 39), catcher Sean Murphy (No. 54)
Prospect Points ranking: 10th
Although the A's financial restrictions are well documented, executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane hasn't been averse to dipping into the farm system to make a trade when the club has been in contention in the past. In July 2014, Beane sent top prospect Addison Russell along with youngsters Billy McKinney and Dan Straily to the Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The A's supplemented their system by trading Sonny Gray to the Yankees and Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Nationals last summer, adding Luzardo, Jorge Mateo (Oakland's No. 7 prospect), James Kaprielian (No. 9), Sheldon Neuse (No. 10) and Dustin Fowler in those deals. Luzardo may be off the table, but Beane still has plenty to work with here.

Thomas Harrigan is an editor for MLB.com.

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Verdugo No. 29 on updated Top 100 Prospects

Dodgers land 4 players on MLB Pipeline's midseason list
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ATLANTA -- There are four Dodgers among MLB Pipeline's midseason Top 100 Prospects list, which was released on Thursday. Outfielder Alex Verdugo, ranked No. 1 on the Dodgers' updated Top 30 Prospects, ranks No. 29 overall, followed by catcher Keibert Ruiz at No. 38, catcher/third baseman Will Smith at No. 74 and right-handed pitcher Dustin May at No. 83.

Following those four and rounding out the Dodgers' top 10 are right-handed pitcher Dennis Santana (currently injured), shortstop Gavin Lux, right-handed pitcher Mitchell White, outfielder DJ Peters, outfielder Jeren Kendall and right-handed pitcher Yadier Alvarez.

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ATLANTA -- There are four Dodgers among MLB Pipeline's midseason Top 100 Prospects list, which was released on Thursday. Outfielder Alex Verdugo, ranked No. 1 on the Dodgers' updated Top 30 Prospects, ranks No. 29 overall, followed by catcher Keibert Ruiz at No. 38, catcher/third baseman Will Smith at No. 74 and right-handed pitcher Dustin May at No. 83.

Following those four and rounding out the Dodgers' top 10 are right-handed pitcher Dennis Santana (currently injured), shortstop Gavin Lux, right-handed pitcher Mitchell White, outfielder DJ Peters, outfielder Jeren Kendall and right-handed pitcher Yadier Alvarez.

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Ruiz is listed as the No. 3 catching prospect in MLB, and Smith is fifth. Verdugo is considered the No. 7 outfield prospect in the game.

The Dodgers probably have the deepest corps of catching prospects in the game. In addition to Ruiz and Smith, they have 2018 second-round pick Connor Wong and recently signed top Venezuelan catcher Diego Cartaya.

Rotation set
Ross Stripling will start on Sunday and Kenta Maeda on Monday, manager Dave Roberts announced on Thursday, sticking with the six-man rotation for another cycle. At 100 innings, Stripling is on pace to throw more innings than any of his professional seasons, mostly because he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2014 and has been used judiciously ever since.

"Right now, just to give each guy an extra day, makes the most sense," said Roberts. "After Maeda, we will have to make a decision, because we have an off-day [Aug. 6] after they all make a turn."

And with six starters now, Roberts indicated a seventh is on the way, as Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a two-inning simulated game on Wednesday and has a three-inning simulated game scheduled for Saturday in Los Angeles.

"He's coming along well," said Roberts. "If Saturday goes well, probably a four-inning up and down makes sense."

Injury updates
Yasiel Puig went 1-for-4 with a single in his rehab game with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday night. Roberts said Puig will travel to Atlanta on Friday and be in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Saturday. He has been out since July 9 with a right oblique strain.

Josh Fields (shoulder) apparently will be the next injured reliever to return, as he will face hitters in Arizona on Friday. Roberts said Tony Cingrani (shoulder) is three or four days behind Fields.

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

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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.

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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

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

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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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