Alex Verdugo has switched his representation over to the MVP Sports Group, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.
MVP Sports Group, spearheaded by Dan Lozano, remains one of the premier sports agencies in Major League Baseball and represents some of the game’s biggest stars (Votto, Machado, Donaldson) as well as some of the game’s elite prospects (Riley, Tatis Jr.).
Verdugo has been one of the Dodgers’ top prospects for a long while now and remains among the game’s most elite position player prospects. He carved out 86 plate appearances in a crowded Dodgers outfield and posted a so-so .260/.329/.377 slash line. Across 379 plate appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City, however, he fared much better. Verdugo batted .329 with an .863 OPS to go along with 10 homers and 8 stolen bases. Numbers like that at the AAA level typically translate to big-league success, and for the Dodgers’ sake, let’s hope it happens in 2019.
Alex Verdugo should be given a starting job in the outfield, at least against right-handed pitching, but possibly every day. With the departures of both Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig at the tail end of December, Verdugo has a clear path to playing time for the first time in his professional career.
Although Verdugo has been heavily discussed in trade rumors, the Dodgers see him as a potential building block for the future, evident by their refusal to trade him up to this point. Dodger fans should have faith in him as the team almost always keep the prospects that pan out (Seager, Bellinger, Buehler).
The time for Verdugo to shine is now.
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