Alex Verdugo

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Alex Verdugo
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Verdugo with the Tulsa Drillers
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 61
Outfielder
Born: (1996-05-15) May 15, 1996 (age 22)
Tucson, Arizona
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 1, 2017, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
(through September 9, 2018)
Batting average .244
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 5
Teams

Alexander Brady Verdugo (born May 15, 1996) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2017.

Professional career[edit]

Minor Leagues[edit]

Verdugo attended Sahuaro High School in Tucson, Arizona. The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Verdugo in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft. In 49 games for the Arizona League Dodgers, he hit .347[1] and was awarded with post-season Arizona League All-Star honors and Baseball America Rookie league all-star honors. He was assigned to the Class-A Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League to start 2015.[2] He was selected to the post-season all-star team[3] after he hit .295 in 101 games.[1] Verdugo also received a late season promotion to the Advanced-Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League[4] where he played in 23 games and hit .385.[1] He also hit for the cycle in a game against the Lancaster Jethawks on August 27.[5] He was named the organizations minor league player of the year.[6]

To start the 2016 season, Verdugo was promoted to the Double-A Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League,[7] where he was selected as a starter for the mid-season all-star game[8] and named to the post-season all-star team.[9] He had a .273 batting average in 126 games for the Drillers and hit 13 home runs with 63 RBI.[1] He was assigned to the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League at the conclusion of the season. Verdugo also played for the Mexico national baseball team in an exhibition series in Japan in November[10] and in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[11] He began 2017 with the Oklahoma City Dodgers and was named as a starter for the mid-season Pacific Coast League all-star team[12] and chosen to represent the world team at the All-Star Futures Game.[13] In 117 games for Oklahoma City, he hit .314.[1]

On August 29th 2018, Verdugo dropped what would have been an inning ending pop fly while playing against the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines Iowa. This resulted in two runs scoring which tied the ballgame. Oklahoma City went on to lose the game.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Verdugo was promoted to the majors for the first time on September 1, 2017.[14] He made his MLB debut as the starting center fielder that night against the San Diego Padres and was hitless in three at-bats with one walk.[15] His first MLB hit was a single to left field off of Clayton Richard of the Padres on September 2.[16] He hit his first major league home run on September 10 off of Adam Ottavino of the Colorado Rockies.[17] He played in a total 15 games for the Dodgers and had four hits in 23 at-bats.[18]

In 2018 he was selected to represent the Pacific Coast League at the Triple-A All-Star Game[19] and was also selected to the post-season all-star team.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Alex Verdugo minor league statistics & history". Baseball Reference. 
  2. ^ Bernreuter, Hugh (April 6, 2015). "Los Angeles Dodgers send top draft picks Grant Holmes, Alex Verdugo to Great Lakes Loons". Mlive.com. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ Dykstra, Sam (August 24, 2015). "McBroom, Torres highlight MWL All-Stars". milb.com. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ Morales, Andy (August 15, 2015). "Dodgers promote Alex Verdugo to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes". Allsportstucson.com. Retrieved September 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ Rosenbaum, Mike (August 27, 2015). "Verdugo hits for the cycle for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga". mlb.com. Retrieved September 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ Stephen, Eric (October 1, 2015). "Alex Verdugo, Zach Lee named Dodgers 2015 minor league player, pitcher of year". SB Nation. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ Lewis, Barry (April 4, 2016). "Drillers' roster set for season opener". Tulsaworld.com. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  8. ^ Stephen, Eric (June 14, 2016). "Alex Verdugo, Willie Calhoun among 9 Texas League All-Stars for Double-A Tulsa". SB Nation. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  9. ^ Stephen, Eric (August 31, 2016). "Chase De Jong named Texas League Pitcher of the Year". SB Nation. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  10. ^ Stephen, Eric (November 5, 2016). "Alex Verdugo to join Team Mexico for exhibition in Japan". SB Nation. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  11. ^ Osborne, Cary (February 8, 2017). "Dodgers cover the globe with World Baseball Classic roster announcements". dodgers.com. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  12. ^ Stephen, Eric (June 28, 2017). "Willie Calhoun, Alex Verdugo lead 4 Oklahoma City All-Stars". SB Nation. Retrieved June 28, 2017. 
  13. ^ BA Staff (June 29, 2017). "2017 World Futures Game Rosters And Scouting Reports". Baseball America. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  14. ^ McCullough, Andy (August 31, 2017). "Dodgers to promote Alex Verdugo, leave Joc Pederson in the minors". LA Times. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Dodgers 1, Padres 0". mlb.com. September 1, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Padres 6, Dodgers 5". mlb.com. September 2, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2017. 
  17. ^ Hoornstra, J.P. (September 10, 2017). "First career home run boosts Alex Verdugo's confidence". Orange County Register. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Alex Verdugo Statistics & History". Baseball Reference. Retrieved October 20, 2017. 
  19. ^ Jourdan, Cameron (June 28, 2018). "Four OKC Dodgers selected for Triple-A All-Star Game". newsok. Retrieved July 8, 2018. 
  20. ^ Pacific Coast League (August 27, 2018). "2018 All-Pacific Coast League team announced". Retrieved August 27, 2018. 

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