The Dodgers announced on Friday afternoon that they have added four players to the organization’s 40-man roster ahead of next month’s Rule 5 draft. The players added include right-handed pitchers Gerardo Carrillo, Andre Jackson and Edwin Uceta, in addition to OF Zach Reks.
Carrillo, 22, spent the 2020 season at the Dodgers secondary site. In 2019, he made 21 starts and tallied a 5-9 record with a 5.44 ERA (52 ER/86.0 IP) and 86 strikeouts with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. The right-hander has been with the Dodgers since signing as a non-drafted free agent on July 5, 2016 out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. In four combined seasons at the minor league level, he has posted a 14-12 record with a 3.57 ERA (77 ER/ 194.1 IP) across 50 games (41 starts).
The 24-year-old Jackson finished his fourth professional year in the Dodgers’ organization at the team’s alternate training site. The right-hander owns a 10-7 record with a 3.45 ERA (70 ER/182.2 IP) and 217 strikeouts in 43 career minor league games (42 starts). In 2019, he went 7-2 with a 3.06 ERA (39 ER/114.2 IP) and a 1.28 WHIP in 25 starts between Great Lakes and Rancho Cucamonga. The Arizona native was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 12th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Utah.
Uceta, 22, finished his fifth season with the Dodgers organization after going a combined 11-2 with a 2.77 ERA (38 ER/123.1 IP) in 26 games between Double-A Tulsa and Rancho Cucamonga in 2019. In four minor league seasons with the Dodgers, he is 20-12 with a 3.72 ERA (137 ER/331.0 IP) and 362 strikeouts in 76 games (66 starts). He was originally acquired by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2016.
TBPC profiled Uceta as recently as January.
The 27-year-old Reks has been with the Dodgers since being drafted in the 10th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Kentucky. In three minor league seasons, across five different levels, he has hit a combined .300 (272-for-908) with 35 homers and 145 RBI. In 2019, he clubbed 28 homers in 121 games between Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City.
TBPC put together a concise profile of Reks in March.
As stated by MLB.com, “Players first signed at age 18 or younger must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons or they become eligible to be drafted by other organizations through the Rule 5 process. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four seasons. Clubs pay $100,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. If that player doesn’t stay on the MLB roster for the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $50,000.”
The 2020 Rule 5 Draft will take place on December 10.
With the moves, the Dodgers’ 40-man roster is at 36 players.
(Juan Dorado furnished some information provided in this report)