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Dodgers sign two prospects, coach from Uganda

The signing marks the first time Ugandan-born players have been offered a professional contract.

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Uganda National Council of Sports

The Dodgers have reportedly signed two Ugandan prospects and one Ugandan coach, according to the country’s National Council of Sports.

Ben Serunkuma and Umar Male are the first Ugandan-born players to be offered a professional contract, according to the council, and will join coach Joshua Kizito Muwanguzi at the Dodgers’ Campo Las Palmas player development facility in the Dominican Republic before transitioning to the minors.

The players each received a $10,000 signing bonus and a $10,000 education bonus, according to the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

“The Dodgers hope the success of these three young men will continue to grow the sport and inspire a new crop of potential professionals players from the Pearl of Africa,” said Will Nolden, a youth development coach for the Dodgers, at the signing ceremony.

Dodgers Links

Fabian Ardaya at The Athletic talks about an extension for Trea Turner, Dave Roberts’ future with the Dodgers, and more in his latest Dodgers mailbag.

Jay Jaffe at FanGraphs breaks down the next five years of Hall of Fame elections and cites quite a few former Dodgers in his analysis.

The lockout continues, and a spring training delay feels more and more likely. Scott Polacek at Bleacher Report has all the details.