LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers added four minor-leaguers to their 40-man roster before Friday’s deadline, protecting them from next month’s Rule 5 draft.

The group included right-handed pitchers Edwin Uceta, Gerardo Carrillo and Andre Jackson as well as outfielder Zach Reks. The moves mean the Dodgers currently have 36 players on their 40-man roster.

Reks, 27, is the most advanced of the four prospects. A 10th-round draft pick out of the University of Kentucky in 2017, Reks has hit a combined .300 with 35 home runs in three minor-league seasons, advancing to Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2019. He split that season between Double-A and Triple-A, batting .291 with a .921 OP and 28 home runs in 121 games.

Jackson, 24, spent part of this past summer at the Dodgers’ alternate training site. A 12th-round draft pick out of the University of Utah in 2017, he is 10-7 with a 3.45 ERA and 217 strikeouts in 182-2/3 innings over three minor-league seasons. He spent 2019 with Class-A Great Lakes and Rancho Cucamonga, going 7-2 with a 3.06 ERA.

Uceta, 22, signed with the Dodgers out of the Dominican Republic in 2016 and has gone 20-12 with a 3.72 ERA and 362 strikeouts in 331 innings over four seasons. He split 2019 between Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa, going 11-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 26 games (24 starts).

Carrillo, 22, signed out of his native Mexico in 2016 and has gone 14-12 with a 3.57 ERA over three seasons at the rookie or Class-A level. In 2019, Carrillo made 21 starts for Rancho Cucamonga, going 5-9 with a 5.44 ERA then posted a 2.22 ERA over 24-1/3 innings in the Arizona Fall League.

A year ago, the Dodgers added Mitch White, Zach McKinstry and Victor Gonzalez to the 40-man roster. All three made their MLB debuts in 2020 and Gonzalez ended the year as a key piece of the Dodgers’ bullpen during their postseason run.

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A player’s exclusion from the 40-man roster doesn’t necessarily reflect his organization’s opinion of that player’s ability. It mostly reflects the organization’s opinion of the chance that he would be selected in the Rule 5 draft.

If a team takes a player in the Rule 5 draft, they need to keep that player on the major-league roster (or injured list) for the entire season. If not, he must be put through waivers and then offered back to his …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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