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Winter Development Program

Here’s an excerpt of an email sent out by our Assistant Director of Player Development, Chris Haydock to the front office this morning that I thought I’d share with all of you.

Today, the Baseball Operations Department is proud to begin its second annual “Winter Development Program” at Dodger Stadium. This intensive two week program will run through January 24th, and will feature some of the best and brightest prospects in our system.

Although the program will feature on field, morning workouts, the core of the program will be the seminars and guest speakers we have lined up to help acclimate our top minor league players to the big leagues. The seminars will include topics such as media training, community affairs, medical, marketing, security, and major league travel policies/procedure. Our players will have two off-site community visits, as well. Guest speakers will include former Dodger players Duke Snider, Tommy Lasorda, Maury Wills, Wes Parker, Don Newcombe, Lou Johnson, Tommy Davis, Eric Karros, Darren Dreifort, and Ramon Martinez.

Also- USC Athletic Director and former Heisman Trophy Winner, Mike Garrett, Legendary LSU Baseball Coach Skip Bertman, our very own Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, and hopefully others will also spend some time with our players during the program.

An additional goal of the program is to get our players excited about playing in Los Angeles. Evening events have been planned in Hollywood, Santa Monica, downtown, and Pasadena to name a few.

Needless to say, we are extremely excited about this program, and are thankful for all of the help each of your departments has put in to make it a success.

Here is a listing of the players we have invited to attend:

“Graduate Group”- from last year’s program:

Clayton Kershaw

Blake Dewitt

Cory Wade

Scott Elbert

Ramon Troncoso

James McDonald

Chin Lung Hu



James Adkins

Jesus Castillo

Brent Leach

Josh Lindblom

Jacobo Meque

Travis Schlicting


Position Players:

Tony Abreu

Josh Bell

Ivan DeJesus

A.J. Ellis

Austin Gallagher

Jamie Hoffmann

Andrew Lambo

Lucas May

Russell Mitchell

Xavier Paul

Trayvon Robinson

Matt Wallach