LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers will send eight players to the Arizona Fall League in October, including a pair of minor leaguers who captured MVP honors in their respective leagues this season.
Matt Beaty, who won Texas League Player of the Year with Double-A Tulsa, and DJ Peters, who was named California League MVP after his season with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, will play for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the AFL, which begins its schedule on Oct. 10.
That duo will be joined in the outfield by Yusniel Diaz, ranked by our David Hood as the Dodgers’ No. 19 prospect at midseason. Peters was ranked eighth.
Catcher Will Smith, the Dodgers’ supplemental first-round pick in the 2016 draft, is also on the team. Smith has been out since suffering a fracture in his right hand after getting hit by a pitch on July 10, his first game with Tulsa after getting promoted from Rancho Cucamonga. Smith was ranked by Hood as the No. 12 Dodgers prospect.
Four pitchers will join them -- right-handers Andrew Sopko, Isaac Anderson and Shea Spitzbarth, and left-hander Michael Boyle.
Class-A Great Lakes pitching coach Connor McGuiness will serve as a pitching coach for Glendale, which includes prospects from the Dodgers, White Sox, Indians, Phillies and Pirates. They play home games at Camelback Ranch, the facility shared by the Dodgers and White Sox.
Beaty was named Texas League Player of the Year last week. The corner infielder is hitting .324/.379/.504 with 14 home runs and 30 doubles in 110 games for Tulsa this season, starting 50 games at first base and 44 games at third base. Beaty was drafted by the Dodgers in the 12th round in 2015.
Peters won Cal League MVP honors last week, hitting .275/.375/.504 with 24 home runs and 28 doubles, and 63 walks for the Quakes in his first full professional season. The Dodgers drafted Peters in the fourth round in 2016.