The Dodgers get busy as the International Free Agency window opened today. Via the Dodgers press release:
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.Lenix Osuna is the son of former Dodger Antonio Osuna. I think it's a great sign that the Dodgers have started signing young players from abroad again. Dylan Hernandez notes on twitter that the Dodgers spent about $1Mil signing these kids.
"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.”
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.”
With Dee Gordon experiencing leg cramps the Dodgers call up a SS to take his place. Luis Cruz is starting tonight's game. Via their press release:
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.I suspect that Luis Cruz's call up will be short.
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.
Oh, yeah! Here's a funny pic, via Dylan Hernandez on twitter.