LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop prospect Corey Seager headlines a group of four players announced Tuesday that the organization will send to the Arizona Fall League.
Joining Seager are outfielder Scott Schebler, utility man Darnell Sweeney and left-handed pitcher Michael Thomas. The quartet will play for the Glendale Desert Dogs, which plays its home games at the Dodgers facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale.
Presumably, more pitchers will be selected to head to the AFL at a later date.
Seager played in the AFL in 2013, which also happens to be the last time he struggled on a baseball field, hitting .181/.253/.306 (13-for-72) with two home runs and three doubles in 19 games. In 2014, the 20-year-old is hitting .344/.394/.592 with 48 doubles and 19 home runs in 112 games across Class-A Rancho Cuamonga and Double-A Chattanooga, winning the California League MVP with only 80 games played at that level.
Schebler, who was named the Branch Rickey minor league player of the year by the Dodgers in 2013, followed it up with an even better season at Double-A Chattanooga in 2014. Schebler is hitting .283/.368/.562 with 63 extra-base hits in 129 games for the Lookouts, and leads the Southern League in both home runs (27) and triples (14).
Sweeney has played second base, shortstop and center field this season in Double-A, but mostly had a breakout season with his bat, hitting .285/.384/.463 with 51 extra-base hits in 126 games.
Thomas, 25, put up a 2.79 ERA in 46 games in his second year in Chattanooga, with 74 strikeouts and 41 walks in 58 innings. He pitched in five games in the AFL last season, putting up a 4.76 ERA with seven strikeouts and three walks in 5⅔ innings.
Lance Parrish, manager of Double-A Erie in Detroit's system, will manage the Desert Dogs, which will also feature players from Tigers, Orioles, White Sox and Brewers.
The Arizona Fall League begins on Oct. 7 and will end with a championship game on Nov. 15.