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Dodgers invite Chase De Jong to big league camp in spring training

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Chase De Jong was a Game 1 starter for the Rancho Cucamong Quakes in their run to the 2015 Cal League championship.
Chase De Jong was a Game 1 starter for the Rancho Cucamong Quakes in their run to the 2015 Cal League championship.
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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have added another pitcher to their list of non-roster invitees to big league camp in spring training, with right-hander Chase De Jong getting the news on Saturday.

The Dodgers acquired De Jong and infielder Tim Locastro from the Blue Jays on July 2 for three of their four international bonus pool slots. The Dodgers planned to go well over their bonus pool anyway, which carried a 100-percent tax as penalty, so these allotted slot amounts had little value to them. The three slot values totaled $1,071,300, so trading them away meant the Dodgers would pay that much more in overage tax, meaning they paid just over $1 million for two prospects.

De Jong, now 22, had a 3.96 ERA in 11 games, 10 starts in the hitter-friendly California League with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga with 52 strikeouts (a 24.6 percent rate) and 15 walks in 50 innings. He was the Game 1 starter for the Quakes in both postseason series, helping them to the 2015 Cal League title.

The right-hander was ranked by our David Hood as the 22nd-best prospect in the Dodgers' system heading into the 2016 season.

Toronto drafted De Jong in the second round in 2012 out of Wilson High School in Long Beach. He was in minor league camp in his three spring trainings with the Blue Jays.

De Jong is the third-youngest non-roster invitee in Dodgers camp, older than only teammate and first baseman Cody Bellinger (20) and pitcher Julio Urias (19).

Pitchers and catchers are set to report to Dodgers big league camp on Feb. 19, with the first workout scheduled for Feb. 20. With the addition of De Jong, there are 18 non-roster invitees in camp, including eight pitchers.