LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected the contract of infielder Luis Cruz from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned right-hander Shawn Tolleson to Albuquerque. In a corresponding move, the club also transferred left-handed pitcher Ted Lilly (left shoulder inflammation) to the 60-day disabled list. Tolleson, 24, posted a 7.71 ERA in six big league relief appearances.
Cruz, 28, was selected to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team this season and is hitting .318 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 74 games with the Isotopes. The native of Mexico was hitting .390 (30-for-77) with runners in scoring position and batting .433 (39-for-90) against left-handers with Albuquerque. Cruz, who batted .308 with a home run and eight RBI in 24 Spring Training games with the Dodgers as a non-roster invitee, has played in parts of three Major League seasons with Pittsburgh (2008-09) and Milwaukee (2010), compiling a .221 batting average in 56 games.
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DODGERS ANNOUNCE FOUR INTERNATIONAL SIGNINGS
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the International signings of pitchers Lenix Osuna, Victor Gonzalez and William Soto and catcher Julian Leon. Dodger Assistant General Manager, Scouting Logan White made the announcement.
“We are pleased to announce we have been extremely active in the July 2nd signing period and have signed multiple players with more on the horizon,” said White. “We are able to get three fine young arms with bright futures.”
Osuna, a 16-year-old right-hander from Mexico, is the son of former Dodger pitcher Antonio Osuna, who went 24-21 with a 3.28 ERA in 265 relief appearances with Los Angeles over six seasons from 1995-2000. Gonzalez, a 16-year-old left-hander, also hails from Mexico, while Soto, a 16-year-old right-hander, was signed from Venezuela.
In addition to the three pitching prospects, the Dodgers signed 16-year-old catcher Julian Leon out of Mexico. Said White: “Leon was highly regarded as one of the best catching prospects on the International market and he should follow a long list of quality catchers to come from Mexico.” Los Angeles has previously had three Mexican-born catchers, including Sergio Robles (1976), Alex Trevino (1986-87) and Noe Munoz (1995).
The Dodgers have been active this year in signing International free agent players and have a longstanding tradition of signing future big league players out of Mexico and Latin America. Just last week, Los Angeles signed Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig while the club has also signed both its Cuban-born draft picks, left-handers Onelki Garcia (3rd round) and Alfredo Unzue (32nd round), and non-drafted free agent catcher Selme Angulo from Cuba.