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2015 Dodgers review: Erisbel Arruebarrena

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A look back at the 2015 season for Erisbel Arruebarrena, trying to rebuild his prospect status as well as his reputation.

What went right

Arruebarrena was not on the 40-man roster for any part of the 2015 calendar year, but since his onerous contract remains on the books and he remains in the organization, the shortstop gets a 2015 review.

After a few games in the rookie-level Arizona League to get back on track, Arruebarrena started out of the gate hot, hitting .306/.333/.510 with two home runs and four doubles in four games with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Arruebarrena was then promoted to Double-A Tulsa, where he homered in is first at-bat.

Though defense at shortstop is said to be his strong suit, Arrubarrena also branched out in 2015 with 13 starts at second base and six starts at third base, trying to add to his versatility.

What went wrong

The Dodgers designated Arruebarrena for assignment on Dec. 31, 2014, removing him from the 40-man roster, and was sent outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City on January 9.

The relationship between player and organization devolved to the point where he was suspended for the remainder of the season on May 21 "for repeated failures to comply with his contract." But after appeal by Arruebarrena to the commissioner's office, that suspension was reduced to 30 days, and Arruebarrena reported to the Dodgers' facility at Camelback Ranch in June.

Arruebarrena hit just .287/.317/.368 in 38 games with Tulsa, with 35 strikeouts and six walks in 142 plate appearances.

2015 particulars

Age: 25

Stats: .306/.333/.510 in 12 games in Class-A; .287/.317/.368 in 38 games in Double-A

Salary: $3 million; after his suspension, he earned roughly $2.5 million in 2015

Game of the year

Arruebarrena was 4-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI on Aug. 28 for Tulsa at Arkansas.

Roster status

Arrubarrena still has three years and $13 million remaining on his five-year contract, including $4 million in 2016. Should he find his way back to the 40-man roster, Arruebarrena has two option years remaining and 74 days of major league service time.