You can get up close and watch Dodgers minor leaguers in games beginning on Sunday.
Here is the 2012 minor league spring training schedule. With minor league camp now open, it adds a new element to visitng spring training, as you can walk down to the minor league side and watch games and workouts. For 13 straight days beginning Sunday, there will be at least two minor league games each day at Camelback Ranch.
Each day, the Dodgers' minor leaguers play one organization. The two Class A squads stick together, as do the Double A and Triple A teams; when one group is home, the other is away. Here is the full schedule of Dodgers minor league games this spring:
|Mar 18||Kansas City||Camelback Ranch||Surprise|
|Mar 19||Milwaukee||Maryvale||Camelback Ranch|
|Mar 20||Cleveland||Camelback Ranch||Goodyear|
||Camelback Ranch||CBR (Sox side)|
||Kansas City||Surprise||Camelback Ranch|
||San Diego||Peoria||Camelback Ranch|
All games are scheduled for 1 p.m.
Occasionally you might see major league players in these games. Usually the scenario would be a player coming back from an injury, needing more reps against live pitching, he might bat once per inning or something like that (the lineup rules for such things are quite flexible in spring training). Or a pitcher might be held back if he set to face a divisional opponent for a second or third time during the spring; on the day he is scheduled to pitch he might throw in a minor league game rather than the major league one.