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Dodgers invite Jacob Rhame, Caleb Dirks to spring training

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Jacob Rhame struck out 70 batters in 57 innings in 2015 between Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa.
Jacob Rhame struck out 70 batters in 57 innings in 2015 between Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa.
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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Monday invited two more pitchers to big league camp in spring training, with right-handers Jacob Rhame and Caleb Dirks coming to Camelback Ranch as non-roster players when pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 19.

That, along with the addition of pitcher Chase De Jong, brings the total number of non-roster invitees to Dodgers camp at 20, including 10 pitchers.

Rhame, who turns 23 in March, put up a 2.68 ERA in 44 games in 2015, 39 of which were with Double-A Tulsa. After opening the season with seven scoreless innings with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, retiring 20 of 23 batters faced, including 13 strikeouts, Rhame struck out 57 in 50 innings in Double-A. On the season, Rhame struck out 70 (a 31.3-percent rate) and walked 20 in 57 innings.

The Dodgers drafted Rhame in the sixth round in 2013.

Dirks was acquired with outfielder Jordan Paroubeck from the Braves on July 2 for an international bonus slot with a value of $249,000. He pitched a month for the Quakes in Class-A, then was promoted to Tulsa in August. After joining the Dodgers, Dirks put up a 1.16 ERA between Class-A and Double-A, with 35 strikeouts (a 36.8-percent rate) and eight walks in 23⅓ innings.

Dirks played his college ball at Cal Baptist University and was drafted by Atlanta in the 15th round in 2014. He turns 23 in June.

Rhame was ranked as the 24th-best Dodgers prospect heading into 2016 by our own David Hood, with Dirks ranking 25th.

Rhame will wear number 79, and Dirks will wear 80. The rest of the uniform numbers for the non-roster invitees are now included on our list, which will be updated throughout spring training.