Friday was the final day for teams to add players to their respective 40-man rosters to protect them from this year’s Rule 5 draft, which is scheduled for the final day of next month’s winter meetings.
Two weeks ago, I mentioned the possibilities of Amaya and Grove being added to the 40-man, but Leonard and Vivas were complete surprises. We’ve talked about Outman in the past, but his inclusion was also somewhat of an eye-opener.
Outman, 24, split the season between High-A Great Lakes and Double-A Tulsa, batting a combined .266 (110-for-414) with 21 doubles, 18 homers and 54 RBI last season. The lefty hitter finished the season with the Drillers, batting .289 with nine homers and 24 RBI in 39 Double-A contests. He was originally drafted in the seventh round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft out of Sacramento State University and has played in 278 games in his minor league career with the Dodgers, batting .249 (265-for-1064) with 48 homers and 143 RBI.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Outman was named to the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game last Saturday and has hit .292 (19-for-65) with seven doubles, three homers, 10 RBI with a .994 OPS in 20 games for the Glendale Desert Dogs.
The 23-year-old, righty-hitting Amaya played in 113 games for Double-A Tulsa in 2021, batting .216 (90-for-417) with 12 homers and 47 RBI. The 6-foot, 180 pounder has appeared in 18 Arizona Fall League games, batting .320 (16-for-50) with three doubles, three homers and six RBI. In four minor league seasons with the Dodgers, he is batting .254 (311-for-1449) with 25 homers and 161 RBI.
Amaya was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2017 First Year Player Draft out of South Hills High School. I took a closer look at Amaya in a detailed profile before the beginning of last season.
Leonard, 21, split the season between Low-A Rancho Cucamonga and High-A Great Lakes, batting a combined .296 (126-for-425) with 29 doubles, 22 homers and 81 RBI. The 6-foot, 160 pounder has played in seven games for his native Escogido team in the Dominican Republic, recording two hits and two RBI. He has been with the Dodgers organization three seasons, across four different levels, amassing 30 homers and 118 RBI in 207 minor league games.
The righty-hitting Leonard was originally signed by the Dodgers as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic on July 3, 2017. He has made minor league appearances as a second baseman, a shortstop and a third baseman.
The 20-year-old, lefty hitting Vivas batted .312 (129-for-477) with 26 doubles, 14 homers and 87 RBI between Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes. The 5-foot-10, 170 pounder has been with the Dodgers three seasons, batting a combined .389 (233-for-928) with 16 homers and 130 RBI. He was originally signed by the Dodgers as an international free agent on July 4, 2017.
Grove, 24, pitched in 21 games (19 starts) for the Tulsa Drillers in 2021, going 1-4 with a 7.86 ERA (62 ER/71.0 IP) and 88 strikeouts. In two seasons with the Dodgers organization, the 6-foot-3 righty has posted a 1-9 record with a combined 7.12 ERA (97 ER/122.2 IP) and 61 strikeouts. He was drafted by the Dodgers in the second round of the 2018 First Year Player Draft out of West Virginia University.
This year’s winter meetings will be held on December 6-9 in Orlando.
(Juan Dorado furnished some information provided in this report.)