Greetings Dodger fans!
Just got back from Ogden, UT where we completed one of our (2) Dodger mini-camps.
After the draft is complete each year, half of the players who sign with us will be flown to Ogden for the Pioneer League Season. The other half will be flown to Vero Beach, FL for our Gulf Coast League season.
Our Farm Director (DeJon Watson) and myself fly into Ogden along with all of our minor league roving coordinators:
Field Coordinator: P.J. Carey
Hitting Coordinator: Bill Robinson
Outfield/Base running coordinator: Gene Clines
Pitching Coordinator: Marty Reed
Catching Coordinator: Travis Barbary
Infield Coordinator: Matt Martin
All new signees join the players we currently have in extended spring training to complete our Ogden and GCL rosters. In addition to working out the Ogden club, we also use the time together to review the first half of the minor league season, as well as possible second half promotions, etc. All of us travel so much during the season, it is nice to have some time together to review everything in person (and away from the cell phone- which consumes so much of our daily lives).
After spending a few days in Ogden, most rovers will head to Dodgertown to spend some time with the new players we have sent to the Gulf Coast. Our scouting department has done a terrific job each and every year (not only signing great players but getting them signed quickly) which accelerates the development process.
The sooner we get our hands on them- the better!!
I encourage you to follow our newest players at Ogden and Gulf Coast throughout the season. Each team opened up their season this past week on June 19th. You’ll be happy to know that Ogden went (4-3) in their first week, and the GCL Dodgers went (6-0). Great starts to what we hope will be successful seasons for both.