The Dodgers have outrighted top outfield prospect Alfredo Silverio to Triple-A Albuquerque, according to the report by Ken Gurnick earlier today. The 24-year-old prospect was coming off a huge breakthrough season in 2011 when he hit .306/.340/.542 with 16 homers and 90 runs scored for Double-A Chattanooga.
Silverio, in most circles is considered a top ten prospect in the Dodgers farm system. considered. Of course his ranking took a dive after being seriously injured during a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on January 23. Silverio missed the entire 2012 season because of the injuries he sustained in the crash including a severe concussion and damage to his throwing elbow, which required Tommy John surgery in May.
With the roster move, the Dodgers now have four openings on their 40-man roster. The Rule 5 Draft is set for December 6th, during the Winter Meetings. So with just over a month away, the Dodgers may want to get some of their potential Rule 5 draftees on the 40-man roster to block other teams from taking them, this move is a step in that direction. The Dodgers will also likely have some free agent signings or some trades between now and then, so either way flexibility is created wherever the Dodgers may need it.