The last two weeks were very busy on the minor league side for the Dodgers, and we recount all the moves on this week’s podcast.
The annual question of “who will be the next Brandon Morrow” might actually be Brandon Morrow, who is back on a minor league contract. Joining Morrow as non-roster invitees at Camelback Ranch in 2021 are fellow old friends Jimmy Nelson, Brock Stewart, and Tim Federowicz, plus infielder Carlos Asuaje and pitcher James Pazos.
In the Rule 5 Draft, the Dodgers lost two pitchers at the major league level, with Brett de Geus picked by the Rangers and Jordan Sheffield taken by the Rockies. On the minor league side, six Dodgers found new homes, and they added a pair of minor leaguers in Ryan January and Roimer Bolivar.
It appears Dodgers minor leaguers will have a place to play in 2021, which will be in the same four spots at the top four levels if Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Great Lakes, and Rancho Cucamonga accept their invitations, a process that will probably take a month before it all gets sorted out.
We also talk about MLB finally officially recognizing the Negro Leagues as a major league, and how it needs to be an important first step, and how MLB should have chosen better ways to convey the news. We reference thoughts by Negro League Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick, Clinton Yates at The Undefeated, and Effa Manley biographer Andrea Williams, among others, in the show.
We go back relatively recently here, to Rob Segedin, who played all four corner spots for the Dodgers briefly in 2016 and 2017. He was almost 28 when he made his major league debut, after seven years toiling in the minors, and set a Dodgers record by driving in four runs in his very first game.
Segedin was one of eight Dodgers to make their major league debut in 2016, including Stewart. A wrist injury curtailed Segedin’s playing career, and he’s now a coach in the Phillies system.
Episode link (time: 1:01:29)