Dec 062012
 

The Winter Meetings concluded in Nashville today and the Dodgers left with one less top prospect in the farm system. The Dodgers lost outfielder Alfredo Silverio to the Miami Marlins, and elected to not select a player in the Major League phase of Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings.

Silverio, considered one of the organization’s better outfield prospects a year ago, after coming off a breakthrough during his 2011 season in Double-A, was seriously injured in a January auto accident in his native Dominican Republic, and missed the entire 2012 season. Silverio suffered a concussion among other injuries, eventually needing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

The former Dodger hit .306 with 16 home runs, 85 RBIs and 90 runs for Double-A Chattanooga in 2011 and was added to the 40-man roster last November to protect him from that Rule 5 Draft. The Dodgers clearly decided his future after outrighting Silverio to Triple-A Albuquerque back on November 4th to clear space on the 40-man roster.

The Marlins will now have to pay the Dodgers $50,000 and cannot send him down to the Minor Leagues for a full season without first offering him back to the Dodgers for $25,000.

In other Rule 5 news, the Dodgers selected two players in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. The Dodgers first selected infielder Elevys Gonzalez (pictured left) from the Pirates’ Double-A roster and right-handed pitcher Hector Nelo (pictured right) from the Nationals’ Double-A roster.

Gonzalez, 23, is a switch-hitter and batted a combined .206 with six homers and 35 RBIs with Class A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona in 2012. Nelo, 26, had a 2.73 ERA in 47 relief appearances for Double-A Harrisburg.

 12/06/2012  Posted by at 8:43 pm Dodgers News, Transactions 2 Responses »
Nov 042012
 

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.

 11/04/2012  Posted by at 7:24 pm Dodgers News, Prospects 2 Responses »
May 112012
 

Dodgers outfield prospect Alfredo Silverio, who was seriously injured in an off-season auto accident, underwent successful Tommy John surgery Wednesday and is out for the 2012 season. The surgery was to reconstruct his right (throwing) elbow. Silverio had not played since the January accident in his native Dominican Republic, mostly because of a serious concussion that has since been resolved.

Silverio, 25, was coming off a breakout 2011 season with the Double-A Lookouts, where he posted a .306/.340/.542 line with 16 home runs, 42 doubles, and a Southern League-leading 18 triples. He was ranked as highly as number four in prospect rankings over the winter by Baseball America. I had him rated as the Dodgers third best prospect when I did my rankings back in February.

The timing of this is unfortunate, as this puts Silverio out of action for at least twelve to eighteen months. Silverio was all but destined to make an appearance in the Dodgers outfield this season after a strong 2011 showing, but now it is now an uphill battle for the young prospect. This is without a doubt the biggest setback Silverio has faced thus far. At the age of 25, this is going to be a setback that may prove to be more significant than it would be for a younger player. The biggest question facing Silverio will be if he can bounce back and re-establish himself as a legitimate prospect after this overwhelming roadblock. This is undoubtedly a huge blow, but hopefully not something the persevering Silverio will let derail him from reaching his bright future as a major league baseball player.

 05/11/2012  Posted by at 5:30 pm Dodgers Injury Reports, Dodgers News No Responses »