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Jacob Scavuzzo keeps hitting, Dodgers showing versatility in Arizona Fall League

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Jacob Scavuzzo played in four games this week in the Arizona Fall League, and in all four games he had an extra-base hit for the Glendale Desert Dogs. He was also one of four Dodgers to play multiple positions this week in the desert.

The Dodgers outfield prospect didn't play any first base in a game as he intimated might be a possibility two weeks ago, but he did play one game in center field in addition to two games in left and one at designated hitter. But his main contribution has been at the plate, where he is hitting .367/.381/.650 with nine extra-base hits in 14 games in the AFL.

Scavuzzo, ranked by our David Hood as the Dodgers' 28th-best prospect heading into 2016, was 6-for-18 (.333) this week, with doubles on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and a two-run home run on Saturday, his fourth of the AFL. Scavuzzo has an active eight-game hitting streak, including five straight games with an extra-base hit.

Brandon Dixon was 2-for-15 (.133) with a walk and a double in his four games, but the news here is that he played center field on Wednesday in addition to his three other games at second base. He played 16 games in center field and 15 games in left field between Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa in 2015 in addition to his 93 games at second base.

Dixon was drafted as a third baseman in 2013 and played exclusively at the position with Class-A Great Lakes that year, but since then has been mostly a second baseman, playing only four games at third base in the last two years.

Kyle Farmer caught two games during the week and played another game at third base, on Tuesday. He was 2-for-9 (.222) with a double, two walks and two RBI during the week. His final game was Thursday.

Brandon Trinkwon played three games this week, his most during the AFL, including two games at second base and once at third base. He was 3-for-11 (.273) with three walks (.429 on-base percentage) and an RBI.

On the pitching side, Jharel Cotton was stretched out for his longest start of the AFL on Tuesday, pitching into the fourth inning while throwing 59 pitches. He allowed two runs and walked three in 3⅔ innings to get hung with the loss, but he also struck out five, giving him 17 strikeouts in 14⅓ innings in Arizona and a 25.8-percent strikeout rate.

Cotton's final start is scheduled for Monday afternoon against Salt River.

Ralston Cash pitched in one game this week, throwing two scoreless innings on Thursday, with three strikeouts at Salt River.

Michael Johnson pitched a pair of scoreless innings, with three strikeouts in total.

Rob Rogers allowed two runs in two innings with two strikeouts in his two games this week. He pitched a scoreless frame on Tuesday at Scottsdale, then allowed the two runs on Friday against Peoria.

Scott Barlow also allowed two runs in two innings with two strikeouts in his two appearances. He got into and escaped a bases-loaded jam on Wednesday against Scottsdale in a scoreless inning, then allowed two runs in his inning on Saturday at Peoria.


Glendale is 11-14 and has been eliminated, down 4½ games to Surprise in the AFL West Division with just four games remaining. So from the Dodgers' perspective, there are only four more games on the slate, all at 11:35 a.m. PT.

Monday, Nov. 16: vs. Scottsdale
Tuesday, Nov. 17: vs. Surprise
Wednesday, Nov. 18: at Surprise (at Salt River Fields)
Thursday, Nov. 19: at Mesa

Saturday, Nov. 21: AFL Championship Game, noon PT at Scottsdale Stadium (MLB Network)