The Dodgers are down to one open spot on their 40-man roster after adding three prospects Thursday -- outfielder Scott Schebler and pitchers Zach Lee and Chris Reed.
Rosters had to be set Thursday ahead of the Dec. 11 Rule 5 Draft. The three players had to be added or the Dodgers could have lost them in the draft.
Lee is the highly prized prospect the Dodgers selected in the first round in 2010 that most assumed was going to accept a scholarship to play quarterback for Louisiana State. His signing was considered something of a coup and he was quickly projected as a mid-rotation starter.
Lee, however, suffered a down season at triple-A Albuquerque (7-13, 5.38 earned-run average, 1.53 WHIP in 150 2/3 innings) and never did receive a call-up when the Dodgers were hurting for a fifth starter or in September. The right-hander is 23.
The left-handed Reed was taken with the club’s first-round pick the next year (16th overall) out of Stanford. He was a reliever for the Cardinal but the Dodgers have used him as a starter.
After a solid start in his third season at double-A Chattanooga (4-8, 3.22 ERA, 1.23 WHIP), Reed came up for five games at Albuquerque but struggled (0-3/10.97/2.25).
Schebler,24, wasn’t taken until the 26th round in 2010 but has hit everywhere he’s been. He was the team’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2013 and then hit .280 with 28 homers, 14 triples and 73 RBI in 489 at-bats at Chattanooga last season.
Like outfield prospect Joc Pederson, he’s a left-handed hitter.