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Zach Lee, Chris Reed, Scott Schebler added to Dodgers' 40-man roster

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The Dodgers' 40-man roster now has 39 players.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Thursday added three players to the 40-man roster before the deadline to protect players from December's Rule 5 draft. Pitchers Zach Lee and Chris Reed, and outfielder Scott Schebler were promoted.

Players eligible to be picked in the Rule 5 draft — held on Dec. 11 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego — are minor league players not on the 40-man roster who were 18 or younger on June 5 of their draft/acquisition year in their fifth Rule 5 draft, or 19 or older when drafted/signed and in their fourth Rule 5 draft. Essentially, those newly eligible this year are high school draft picks from 2010 and college picks from 2011.

Lee was drafted in the first round by the Dodgers in 2010, and with the leverage of a scholarship to play quarterback at LSU was signed to a club-record $5.25-million bonus. The right-hander, who turned 23 in September, had a rough year in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League in 2014, at 7-13 with a 5.38 ERA in 28 games, including 27 starts. After setting a career high with a 22.8-percent strikeout rate in Double-A Chattanooga in 2013, Lee saw that number plummet to 14.5 percent in 2014, the worst of his career.

But it wasn't just the moon-like elevation of Albuquerque that caused Lee to suffer in 2014. His road ERA was 6.25 in 14 starts in the Pacific Coast League, and he allowed opposing batters to hit .304/.377/.422 away from home.

Reed, another first-round pick - in 2011 out of Stanford - was 4-11 with a 4.26 ERA in 28 starts between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque in 2014, with 134 strikeouts and 66 walks in 158⅓ innings. It looked like Reed was making a home in Tennessee, with the better parts of three seasons and 64 games, including 59 starts, in Double-A, but he finally got the call to Triple-A to end 2014, making five starts for the Isotopes in August.

Whether Reed's major league future is as a starter or reliever, the southpaw has done well against left-handed batters in his career, holding them to .220/.318/.319 in four minor league seasons with a 25-percent strikeout rate. Reed, like Lee, was in big league camp with the Dodgers in 2014 as a non-roster invitee to spring training.

Schebler was drafted in 2010, but in the 26th round, and in the last two years has been a hitting machine. He won the Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year award as the top hitter in the Dodgers minor league system in 2013 - Lee won pitching honors that season - and continued that progress at the plate into 2014.

Schebler in 2014 hit .280/.365/.556 with Double-A Chattanooga, with 28 home runs, 23 doubles and 14 triples in 135 games, leading the Southern League in home runs, triples and slugging percentage while finishing second in OPS (.921).

Schebler increased his walk rate each year from 5.3 percent in 2012 with Class-A Great Lakes to 8.0 percent in 2014 in Double-A, and decreased his strikeout rate from 26.2 percent in Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2013 to 19.6 percent in 2014.

With the additions, the Dodgers' 40-man roster now has 39 players, including 19 pitchers and 20 position players:

Los Angeles Dodgers 40-Man Roster
Pitchers (19)
No Player 2015 Age* Service Time Options Used Options Left 2015 Salary
52 Pedro Baez 27 0.059 2014 2 team control
64 Daniel Coulombe LHP 25 0.013 none 3 team control
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Jose Dominguez 24 0.119 2014 2 team control
77 Carlos Frias 25 0.056 none 3 team control
63 Yimi Garcia 24 0.028 2014 2 team control
21 Zack Greinke 31 9.057 n/a n/a $23,000,000
14 Dan Haren 34 10.154 n/a n/a $10,000,000
56 J.P. Howell LHP
32 8.007 n/a n/a $4,000,000
74 Kenley Jansen 27 4.073 2010 2 arbitration
22 Clayton Kershaw LHP 27 6.105 n/a n/a $30,000,000
43 Brandon League 32 8.145 n/a n/a $9,500,000
Zach Lee 23 0.000 none 3 team control
36 Matt Magill 25 0.026 2013,2014 1 team control
76 Jarret Martin LHP 25 0.000 2014 2 team control
Chris Reed LHP 25 0.000 none 3 team control
75 Paco Rodriguez LHP 24 1.120 2014 2 team control
99 Hyun-jin Ryu LHP 28 2.000 n/a n/a $4,500,000
00 Brian Wilson 32 7.059 n/a n/a $10,000,000
44 Chris Withrow 26 1.132 2012,2013 1 team control
Catchers (3)
No Player 2015 Age* Service Time Options Used Options Left 2015 Salary
31 Drew Butera 31 4.018 2009,2012,2013 none arbitration
17 A.J. Ellis 34 4.151 2009,2010,2011 none arbitration
18 Tim Federowicz 27 1.107 2012,2013,2014 none team control
Infielders (9)
No Player 2015 Age* Service Time Options Used Options Left 2015 Salary
11 Erisbel Arruebarrena 25 0.074 2014 2 $3,000,000
30 Darwin Barney 29 4.053 none 3 arbitration
23 Adrian Gonzalez 33 9.108 n/a n/a $21,000,000
9 Dee Gordon 27 2.154 2011,2013 1 arbitration
7 Alex Guerrero 28 0.031 2014 n/a^ $4,000,000
Ryan Jackson 27 0.118 2013,2014 1 team control
72 Miguel Rojas 26 0.115 none 3 team control
10 Justin Turner 30 4.045 2010,2011 1 arbitration
5 Juan Uribe 36 13.089 n/a n/a $6,500,000
Outfielders (8)
No Player 2015 Age* Service Time Options Used Options Left 2015 Salary
25 Carl Crawford 33 12.072 n/a n/a $20,500,000
16 Andre Ethier 33 8.153 n/a n/a $18,000,000
Kyle Jensen 27 0.000 2013,2014 1 team control
27 Matt Kemp 30 8.049 n/a n/a $21,000,000
65 Joc Pederson 23 0.028 none 3 team control
66 Yasiel Puig 24 1.119 2012,2013 1 $4,500,000
Scott Schebler 24 0.000 none 3 team control
33 Scott Van Slyke 28 1.149 2012,2013 1 team control
*Age is as of June 30, 2015 40-man total salary (15 players):
$189,500,000

^Guerrero can't be sent to the minors without his consent.