November 2009

Webster Leaves Organization

Mitch Webster, the scout who signed Blake DeWitt and Scott Elbert, left the organization to become Midwest regional scouting director of the Kansas City Royals. Webster had been a Major League scout the past two seasons and was part of the team that scouted the St. Louis Cardinals for this year’s NL Division Series. — Ken Gurnick

Minor League Pair Win Topps Awards

Dodger minor league shortstop Dee Gordon and outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez were named Topps/Minor League Players of the Year for their respective leagues. Gordon, son of Major Leaguer Tom Gordon, won the honors in the Single-A Midwest League, batting .301 with a league-leading 73 steals and 12 triples for the Great Lakes Loons.  Gordon also earned the Branch Rickey Award as the Dodgers’ Minor League Player of the Year, Midwest League Prospect of the Year, and league co-Most Valuable Player.  He was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.


Cavazos-Galvez, son of former Dodgers pitcher Balvino Galvez, claimed the award for the Rookie-advanced Pioneer League, batting .322 with a league-leading 18 homers for the Ogden Raptors.  Cavazos-Galvez, 22, won the league’s Most Valuable Player Award and was named to the league All-Star team after being selected in the 12th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of New Mexico. — Ken Gurnick

Honors for Dodgers Scout Nickels

Dodger Midwest Scouting Supervisor Gary Nickels will be inducted into the Midwest Scouts Association Hall of Fame Saturday and the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association Hall of Fame next Saturday.  The 2009 season is Nickels’ 38th as a scout and seventh in his current position. Dodgers drafted under his supervision include Chad Billingsley, Clayton Kershaw, Scott Elbert, Blake DeWitt, Cory Wade and A.J. Ellis. — Ken Gurnick

Oblique Sidelines Aaron Miller

Left-handed pitcher Aaron Miller, the Dodgers’ top pick in the June draft, was shut down with an oblique strain and taken off the Arizona Fall League roster.  — Ken Gurnick

Mattingly Passes on Nationals

Don Mattingly, the Dodgers hitting coach and presumed heir apparent to manager Joe Torre, has declined to interview for the vacant Washington Nationals manager job, according to baseball sources. The development is an indication that Mattingly and the Dodgers are making progress on a new contract that would formalize his succeeding Torre, who has one year remaining on his contract. None of Torre’s coaching staff is signed beyond this year. — Ken Gurnick