The Dodgers on Friday announced 17 non-roster invitees to big league camp in spring training, but that wasn't the end of minor league news this weekend.
Garrett Gould had Tommy John surgery in November, reports Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider. Gould, the Dodgers' second round pick in 2009, struggled in Double-A Chattanooga in 2014, going 1-6 with a 7.34 ERA in 16 games, including 11 starts, with 41 strikeouts and 28 walks in 61⅓ innings. He last pitched on June 29 before getting placed on the disabled list.
"It’s been tough knowing that I might not play baseball at all this year, but it’s something I try not to think about," the 23-year-old told Weisman. "Right now I’m just trying to do what my trainers ask and work hard every day to get back on the field as soon as possible."
In addition to the non-roster invitees announced Friday, the Dodgers signed a few more to minor-league deals, though not necessarily with invitations to big league camp, per Matt Eddy of Baseball America.
First baseman and outfielder Lars Anderson was once rated the No. 17 prospect in baseball in the Red Sox system, by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus heading into the 2009 season. Now 27, Anderson hit .303/.382/.474 with 16 doubles and six home runs in 71 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa in the Cubs' system.
Ramon Benjamin, who turns 28 in June, is a left-handed pitcher. He had a comeback season in 2014, striking out 34 in 36 innings, with 19 walks and a 3.75 ERA in Class-A Tampa in the Yankees system, after missing all of 2012 and 2013 after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Luis Mateo, who turns 25 in May, was drafted by St. Louis in the 20th round in 2008 and spend seven years in the Cardinals' minor league system. Mateo hit .248/.288/.338 in 94 games between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, including .238/.278/.345 in 73 games with Memphis. In the last two years, the infielder has played 109 games at shortstop, 74 games at second base and seven games at third base.
Brian Burgamy is a utility man who turns 34 in June and has spent 13 years bouncing around between the minors and independent leagues. He spent all of 2014 in the Mets' system, hitting .276/.376/.504 with 23 home runs, 32 doubles and 71 walks in 121 games with Double-A Binghamton. In his 13 professional seasons, Burgamy has amassed 3,377 minor league plate appearances and 2,507 more in independent leagues. Burgamy has played all three outfield positions in his career, but in 2014 he played all in the infield — 52 games at third base, 32 games at first base and 31 games at second base.
In another minor move passed along by Eddy, pitcher Scott Elbert signed a minor league deal with the Padres, teaming up again with new San Diego director of pro scouting Logan White, who drafted Elbert in the first round in 2004 for the Dodgers. It is unknown whether the deal includes an invitation to big league camp in spring training.
Elbert fought his way back to the majors after missing over two years with three different left elbow surgeries. He pitched in seven games in September as a lefty specialist for the Dodgers, then found his way onto the roster for the NLDS, where he allowed a tie-breaking two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 3 in St. Louis.
Elbert cleared waivers and was sent outright by the Dodgers to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Nov. 3, but Elbert — as was his right with four years, 46 days of service time — declined the assignment, becoming a free agent.