Alex Verdugo

Position: CF
Born: 05/15/96
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 205
B/T: L/L
Acquired: Drafted in the second round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAD).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
Hitting .314 with six home runs, 62 RBIs, 27 doubles and nine stolen bases in 117 games at Oklahoma City (Triple-A) along with four triples for a .389 OBP and .436 SLG.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Oklahoma City on September 1 when rosters expanded.
MLB Debut Date: 09/01/17

Debut Details
September 1, in a 1-0 win against the Padres. The starting center fielder, he batted eighth and went 0-for-3 with a walk. In the first inning, with two outs and runners on first and second, facing right-handed starter Dinelson Lamet, he grounded out to third to end the inning. In the fifth, he drew a one-out walk from Lamet. In the sixth, with two outs and two on, he grounded out unassisted to first base to end the inning. In the ninth, facing left-handed reliever Jose Torres, he led off the inning by grounding out back to the mound.

Player Notes
Yet another mere 21-year-old making his debut, Verdugo was drafted in the second round of 2014 out of Sahuaro High School in Tucson and just three years later spent the summer of 2017 tearing it up at Triple-A. Boasting a career slash line of .305/.362/.438, he was selected to represent his home country of Mexico during the World Baseball Classic and hit .273 with 13 home runs, 63 RBIs and 23 doubles with a .336 OBA and .407 SLG at age 20 at Tulsa (Double-A) in the 2016 before the WBC action began. Considered to have one of the top outfield arms in the minors, he was also an ace pitcher in high school and several teams were interested in him in that role but Verdugo wanted to hit and the Dodgers were happy to grant that. His plus arm offsets saverage speed in the field and while he is in center field for now, a move to right is not out of the question down the road. A mature hitter, he came right out of the box in 2014 at age 18 hitting .353 in 54 games between the Arizona League (Complex) and Ogden (Rookie) with three home runs and 41 RBIs in just 54 games before hitting .311 with nine homers, 61 RBIs, 14 steals and 32 doubles (.340/.441) between two Class A stops at Great Lakes (Class A) and Rancho Cucamonga (High A) in 2015.

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