Alexander Brady Verdugo…was a two-way star at Sahuarto High School in Tucson, Arizona…held a 2.19 ERA and struck out 401 opposing batters for 26 career wins in high school…batted .486 with 16 home runs and 145 RBI during his high school career…earned a spot on the National team for the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game where he was also voted MVP…originally committed to Arizona State University before signing with the Dodgers…selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft and signed by scout Dustin Yount.
Saw his first big league action with the Dodgers, going 4-for-23 (.174) with one home run and one RBI in 15 big league games ... Had his contract selected on Sept. 1 and made his big league debut that day with a start in center field at San Diego…finished the game going 0-for-3 with a walk ... Collected his first Major League hit on Sept. 2 against the Padres with a single in the second inning off of Clayton Richard in the first game of a doubleheader ... Stroked his first career big league homer on Sept. 10, 2017 against the Rockies with a pinch-hit solo home run in the ninth inning off of Adam Ottavino ... Spent majority of the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .314 with 27 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 62 RBI along with a .389 on-base percentage and a .436 slugging percentage…finished with the ninth best OBP in the Pacific Coast League ... Named a Pacific Coast League mid-season All-Star, participated in the MLB All-Star Futures Game and selected as an MiLB.com's Organizational All-Star ... Had a 20-game hitting streak with OKC from June 8-30, where he batted .488 (39-for-80) with six doubles, two triples, two home runs, and 12 RBI during that span ... Prior to the start of the season, he joined to Team Mexico for the 2017 World Baseball Classic and appeared in three games for the club, hitting .357 (5-for-14) with three runs scored.
Spent the entire campaign with Double-A Tulsa, hitting .273 with 23 doubles, 13 homers and 63 RBI in 126 games ... Ranked among Texas League leaders in hits (130, t-4th), batting average (10th), RBI (11th) and total bases (194, 11th) ... Selected as Texas League mid- and post-season All-star…named Texas League Player of the Week in the period ending July 17 ... Following the season, played for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League and was selected to participate in the AFL Rising Stars Game.
Named the Dodgers' Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year after splitting time with Single-A Great Lakes and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, slashing .311/.340/.441 with 70 runs, 32 doubles, four triples, nine homers and 61 RBI in 124 games…stole a career-high 14 combined bases ... Spent most of the season with the Loons, hitting .295 with 50 runs, 23 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 42 RBI in 101 games…honored as Midwest League post-season All-Star ... Also earned MiLB.com's Organizational All-Star for the second straight year…named California League Player of the Week in the period ending Sept. 7.
Had a stellar start to his professional career with Rookie-level AZL Dodgers, slashing .347/.423/.518 with 28 runs, 14 doubles, three triples, three homers, 33 RBI and eight stolen bases ... Tied for the most doubles in the Arizona League, while ranking among the league leaders in batting average (2nd), hits (2nd), RBI (3rd), OBP (3rd), total bases (4th) and SLG (4th)…selected as AZL post-season All-Star and was also honored as Baseball America's Rookie All-Star ... Promoted to Rookie-level Ogden on Aug. 31 and went 8-for-20 (.400) with three runs, one double, eight RBI and three stolen bases in five games ... Selected as MiLB.com's Organizational All-Star.