According to Ken Gurnick, the Dodgers minor-league mini-camp is underway at Camelback Ranch. It’s a two-week crash course for the players the Dodgers believe are the most
”major-league ready.” Here is the list of players attending (according to Gurnick):
Pitchers — Armando Zerpa, Carlos Monasterios, John Ely, Jon Link, Brent Leach, Travis Schlicting, Josh Lindblom, Chris Withrow, Javy Guerra, Kenley Jansen, Aaron Miller and Ethan Martin.
Catchers – A.J. Ellis and Lucas May.
Infielders — Russell Mitchell, Ivan DeJesus and Dee Gordon.
Outfielders — Andrew Lambo and Trayvon Robinson.
While the camp is about baseball skills, that’s not all it is about. Gurnick goes on to say:
Assistant general manager De Jon Watson’s minicamp also allows club officials to get a line on each player’s conditioning prior to Spring Training and to tweak flaws in a pitcher’s delivery or a hitter’s swing before the start of the real camp, where the player is focused on making a club.
They receive coaching on baseball skills, but also are instructed in aspects of Major League Baseball that should be essential but often are overlooked, from media relations to security issues to interaction with fans and the importance of community outreach.
The group will dine Wednesday night with a collection of Dodgers legends — Maury Wills, Tommy Davis, Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Tim Wallach, Charlie Hough and “Sweet” Lou Johnson. The players will take part in a hospital visit Thursday and will participate in the Martin Luther King Day Parade in Los Angeles on Monday. They will also all attend the Scouts Foundation dinner Saturday night and the Kings game on Jan. 19.
This camp is clearly costing a lot to put on, so while the Dodgers are not spending big on Free Agents, they are indeed spending on their future.
Photo is courtesy of the LaDodgers and you can click HERE to go to videos of the camp.