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Corey Seager has arrived

Corey Seager has OPSed .891 in his minor-league career (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Corey Seager has OPSed .891 in his minor-league career (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Dodgers at Padres, 7:10 p.m.
Joc Pederson, CF
Chase Utley, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Justin Turner, 3B
Carl Crawford, LF
Yasmani Grandal, C
Scott Van Slyke, RF
Corey Seager, SS
Mat Latos, P

By Jon Weisman

The most anticipated minor-league prospect in baseball, Corey Seager, is coming to the Major Leagues.

Three years and three months after being taken 18th overall in the 2012 draft, the 21-year-old Seager has been added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster from Triple-A Oklahoma City and is joining the team in San Diego. Seager will wear uniform No. 5.

The Dodgers have also recalled reliever Yimi Garcia, who has a 0.99 WHIP with 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings. Garcia last pitched for the big-league team August 21. To make room for Seager on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated Oklahoma City infielder Andy Wilkins (18 homers, .779 OPS) for assignment.

Though fans have clamored for him for months, it’s still a fast track for Seager, who began last season at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He reached Double-A Chattanooga by July 2014, then moved from Double-A Tulsa — where his OPS was 1.082 — to Triple-A Oklahoma City on May 1.

The  Dodgers’ 2014 co-Minor League Player of the Year didn’t overwhelm the Pacific Coast League, delivering a .331 on-base percentage and .450 slugging percentage, but he had a strong finishing kick. In his final 12 games, he went 16 for 53 with six doubles, a triple and three home runs, for a .351 on-base percentage and .623 slugging percentage.

Seager is three days older than Jose Peraza, the youngest Dodger position player since Adrian Beltre.

In the minors this season, Seager has started 103 games at shortstop and 19 games at third base, so he can provide depth at two positions where the Dodgers could use it, as well as another left-handed bat off the bench, something that is always an issue for the Dodgers now that Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford are both starting against righties.

Seager is the No. 2 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline, behind Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, who was called up in June. The Dodgers could arrange for him to be put on a postseason roster if they so choose, by virtue of being in the organization on August 31.

When he takes the field in the starting lineup tonight, Seager will also be the 54th player the Dodgers have used this season, breaking a franchise record set in 1944 and matched in 1998.

Dodger minor league report No. 19: Peeking at September

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By Jon Weisman

We got a jump on this week’s minor league report Tuesday by highlighting the performances of Julio Urias, Jharel Cotton and Corey Seager. And with a morning Dodger game at Cincinnati on Thursday — the last Dodger game east of the Rockies in the 2015 regular season — we’re going to get to the farm report itself a day early.

Already, conversation is hot and heavy about whom the Dodgers might call up when rosters expand September 1. The Dodgers have said they won’t call up players willy-nilly without a specific purpose, but that’s not to say this team doesn’t have several specific purposes to address.

Here are the candidates from the 40-man roster:

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Dodgers make deals, call up Coulombe

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For photos from Sunday, visit LA Photog Blog.

Dodgers at Brewers, 4:20 p.m.
Kershaw CCXV: Kershawzing Saddles
Joc Pederson, CF
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Scott Van Slyke, LF
Andre Ethier, RF
Yasmani Grandal, C
Juan Uribe, 3B
Clayton Kershaw, P

By Jon Weisman

The transaction-happy Dodgers actually went the entire series against Arizona without making a move. But in the aftermath of their 13-inning walkoff shutout victory Sunday over the Diamondbacks, there has been some shuffling.

Most relevant in the short term is that the Dodgers have called up lefty reliever Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Coulombe has 1.74 ERA in 10 1/3 innings this season, allowing nine baserunners while striking out 16.   In fact, the 25-year-old has retired 23 of the last 25 batters he’s faced, striking out 14 without allowing a hit.

Coulombe will take starting pitcher Scott Baker’s spot on the 25-man roster. Baker, who has one of the four seven-inning starts by a Dodger pitcher this season but was hit hard Saturday, was designated for assignment Sunday when the Dodgers acquired first baseman Andy Wilkins from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.

Wilkins, 26 years old and born the day of Ramon Martinez’s only career Major League hold, had 30 homers and an .896 OPS in Triple-A last year. He went 6 for 43 with two walks in his MLB debut last fall.

But wait — that’s not all. Today, the Dodgers acquired right-handed reliever Matt West from Toronto, also in exchange for cash considerations. West, 26, has pitched 12 1/3 scoreless innings for Double-A New Hampshire this season with 17 strikeouts against 14 baserunners. A converted third baseman, West allowed seven baserunners in four innings while making his Major League debut for the Rangers in 2014, striking out three.

Hyun-Jin Ryu has been moved to the 60-day disabled list. He remains eligible to come off the DL before the end of May.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles DodgersLOS ANGELES DODGERS V ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKSOther notes for today:

  • Tonight’s opponents, the Brewers (7-18) and the Dodgers (16-8), are already 11 1/2 games apart in the standings.
  • The Dodgers released new Brewers manager Craig Counsell (who is replacing another old friend, Ron Roenicke, at the Milwaukee helm) on March 15, 2000 at age 29, after he OPSed .626 in 1999. Counsell played 11 seasons and amassed 1,037 hits after that.
  • Though the Dodger bullpen pitched seven innings Sunday (extending its scoreless streak to 26), no reliever threw more than 15 pitches, and only Juan Nicasio and Yimi Garcia have worked consecutive days. With the addition of Coulombe, that leaves seven reasonably rested relievers behind Clayton Kershaw today.
  • Yasmani Grandal’s home run in the bottom of the 13th Sunday gave the Dodgers their longest walkoff shutout victory ending on a home run in team history, surpassing Carl Furillo’s 12th-inning homer for a 2-0 victory 60 years and one day earlier, during the 1955 championship season.
  • Sunday’s 13th-inning tag by J.P. Howell still amazes me — and frankly, the dish to the dish by Grandal is a thing of beauty as well.

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