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Dodgers getting contributions from youth early in camp

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers ended Thursday's 6-1 win over the White Sox with several prospects in the game. Scott Schebler was in center field, Corey Seager at shortstop, O`Koyea Dickson in left field and Darnell Sweeney at second base. Manager Don Mattingly likes what he sees.

"It's a fun camp, because you have a lot of young players that you like taking a look at late in games," Mattingly said. "It's fun to have Seager and Barnes and Sweeney and Schebler and all these guys getting at-bats."

Austin Barnes, the catcher and occasional infielder acquired from the Marlins in December, also caught in the game and walked in one of his two plate appearances. Seager walked twice, giving him three in two games. Sweeney scored a run on Thursday and played second base, one day after playing in center field.

Schebler hit a two-run double, and has hit his way into prospect relevance the last two years. After 134 extra-base hits in 260 games the last two seasons, Schebler is now on the 40-man roster and prevalent on the team's radar.

"He's starting to put together power numbers, he's a guy that runs good, even with a body that doesn't look like he has speed but he does," Mattingly said. "He's not sneaking up on anybody, we kind of know."

Dickson homered on Wednesday and added a double on Thursday. He also played left field on Thursday, a position the first baseman has only played eight times in his four minor league seasons.

"He's a guy who can swing the bat. He's coming into his own, he has always swung the bat well," Mattingly said. "We just have to continue to work with him to give him some versatility defensively."

The Dodgers have fared well in prospect and system rankings this year, built largely on the strength of Seager, Julio Urias and Joc Pederson, all consensus top-20 prospects in the game. But with six of the non-roster invitees in camp drafted by the club, plus two more on the 40-man roster (Schebler and Daniel Coulombe, who had a scoreless inning of his own on Thursday) in their first major league spring camp, more and more minor leaguers in the Dodgers' system are climbing the ladder.

It's really what we've talked about, building that system, but it takes time. You kind of have to let your guys develop. The trade deadline last year was a good indication that we weren't going to let any of our guys go," Mattingly said. "You get a chance to reap the rewards with guys getting closer to the big leagues."

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The Dodgers play two games on Friday, one in Maryvale against the Brewers and one game at home against the Mariners. In the road game, Zach Lee starts for the Dodgers against Matt Garza and Milwaukee. At Camelback Ranch, David Huff starts for the Dodgers against Erasmo Ramirez for Seattle.