Josh Lindblom, pitching at Camelback Ranch last spring training.
The Dodgers have invited minor leaguers Josh Lindblom and Russell Mitchell to big league camp at Camelback Ranch. Lindblom started out last spring training in minor league camp, but worked his way up to the big boys and allowed just two runs in 13 innings in big league camp, wowing the coaching staff and he nearly made the club. He was moved from starter back to relief, his role at Purdue, last season because of potential need at the major league level, but the plan for him now is to be a starter.
Lindblom was rated the 8th best Dodgers prospect by you, the readers of True Blue LA a few months back.
The soon-to-be 25-year old Russell Mitchell, drafted in the 15th round of the 2003 draft, had a disappointing season at Double A Jacksonville, hitting just .241/.298/.406. But he had a good showing in the Arizona Fall League, making the All Prospect Team.
In other news, the Dodgers have also signed Timo Perez and John Koronka to minor league deals with invitations to spring training. The minor league singings page has now been updated (also located on the left sidebar of the front page).
Also, congratulations to Jon Weisman for making the move over to ESPN Los Angeles. Wherever Dodger Thoughts is, I will be reading.