Scott Schebler has 80 homers in 521 career games as a professional. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodger)

Scott Schebler has 80 homers in 521 pro games. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Cardinals at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.
Joc Pederson, CF
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Yasmani Grandal, C
Andre Ethier, RF
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Scott Schebler, LF
Kiké Hernandez, 2B
Brett Anderson, P

By Jon Weisman

“Slow starts don’t hold back outfield prospect Scott Schebler,” says the subhead of the feature on the 24-year-old outfielder in the June edition of Dodger Insider magazine, and today’s transaction news certainly backs this up.

Schebler, a notoriously cold hitter in the early going throughout his career, finds himself in the starting lineup for the Dodgers tonight, taking the roster spot of reliever Daniel Coulombe, who was optioned back to Triple-A.

Schebler has had a .696 OPS in 49 games this year, but he is 4 for 13 with a double and triple to start June, a month in which he has usually excelled throughout the minors. Last year, for example, he followed a .761 OPS in May with a 1.133 OPS in June.

“In a way, Schebler’s development as a baseball player parallels his in-season performance,” Cary Osborne writes in his story below. “He was a five-sport athlete at Iowa’s Cedar Rapids Prairie High School, also participating in football, basketball, soccer and track and field. But because of the weather, his baseball time was limited, and by the time he was drafted in the 26th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, he was less experienced. … An argument can be made that no Dodger prospect has made up more ground since 2012 than Schebler.”

According to Jeff Johnson of the Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, when Schebler called his parents in the middle of the night to give them the news that he was on his way to Los Angeles, his mom’s reply was, “For what?”

Read all of our Scott Schebler feature below (click the images to enlarge), and get many more stories like it in this month’s Dodger Insider magazine.