Dodgers’ 40-man roster revealed ahead of Rule 5 Draft

Here’s who the Dodgers added to their 40-man roster on Friday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers still don’t have a full 40-man roster, but that will change over the course of the offseason when team president Andrew Friedman makes he necessary free agency and trade additions to address a number of losses.

For now, the Dodgers needed to make sure they protected some young players in their organization who were set to be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft come Dec. 10. For all of those out there unfamiliar with the annual event, we’ve got you covered. Per MLB.com’s glossary:

“Held each December, the Rule 5 Draft allows clubs without a full 40-man roster to select certain non-40-man roster players from other clubs. Clubs draft in reverse order of the standings from the previous season. Players signed at age 18 or younger need to be added to their club’s 40-Man roster within five seasons or they become eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. Players who signed at age 19 or older need to be protected within four seasons.”

Here are the prospects LA added to the 40-man roster ahead of Friday’s 6 p.m. EST deadline in order to avoid them getting scooped up by another team in a couple weeks:

Let’s take a look at these guys as well as their production from 2019:

  • Gerardo Carrillo (22): 5-9 with a 5.44 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 86 strikeouts in 23 games (21 starts), totaling 86 innings in High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He also appeared in the Arizona Fall League and went 0-2 with a 2.22 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 25 strikeouts in seven games (five starts), totaling 24.1 innings
  • Andre Jackson (24): 7-2 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 141 strikeouts in 25 starts (114.2 innings) between Single-A Great Lakes and High-A Rancho Cucamonga
  • Edwin Uceta (22): 11-2 with a 2.77 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 141 strikeouts in 26 games (24 starts), totaling 123.1 innings between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa
  • Zach Reks (27): slashed .291/.385/.536 with 86 runs scored, 28 home runs and 93 RBI in 121 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City

LA’s front office obviously views these guys positively if they’re using a roster spot on them, and it’s important to note they were all on the player pool this past season.

With the exception of Reks, the others have ways to go in terms of their development, especially after only getting work in at the team’s alternate site in wake of the minor league season being canceled due to COVID-19.

Hopefully 2021 brings a different fortune and all of them can take the necessary leap in order to contribute higher up in the minors or on the MLB roster.