11/23/2004 4:06 PM ET
Dodgers add seven players to 40-man roster
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today they have purchased the contracts of seven of their minor league players and added them to their 40-man roster, according to Dodger Executive Vice President and General Manager, Paul DePodesta. The players include right-handed pitcher Franquelis Osoria, left-handed pitchers Ryan Ketchner and Derek Thompson, catcher Russell Martin, infielder Brian Myrow, second baseman Delwyn Young and outfielder Jason Repko.
Osoria, 23, pitched 51 games out of the bullpen for Double-A Jacksonville during the 2004 season, going 8-5 with a 3.56 ERA. In 81.0 innings, he yielded 71 hits and 18 walks while striking out 73 batters. The Dominican Republic native was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in December 1999.
Ketchner, 22, made 21 starts and hurled 119.1 innings for Jacksonville, compiling an 8-7 mark with a 3.02 ERA, which ranked third in the Southern League. He was chosen to pitch in the SL All-Star Game. Ketchner was acquired by the Dodgers on April 3 in a trade that sent Jolbert Cabrera to the Seattle Mariners.
Thompson, 23, was also a Southern League All-Star Game selection. Bouncing back from elbow surgery that forced him to miss the entire 2003 season, the southpaw started 22 games and logged 118.2 innings for Jacksonville in 2004 and went 5-7 with a 3.72 ERA. Originally a supplemental first-round pick of the Cleveland Indians in the June 2000 First-Year Player Draft, Thompson was purchased by the Dodgers from the Chicago Cubs in December 2002.
Martin, 21, hit .250, collecting 15 home runs, 24 doubles, 64 RBI, 74 runs scored and a league-leading 71 walks for Single-A Vero Beach, earning both midseason and season-end Florida State League All-Star accolades. The right-handed hitting Canada native was the Dodgers' 17th-round choice in the June 2002 draft. Martin recently played for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League and batted .296 with 14 walks, 16 runs scored and a .452 on-base percentage in 17 games.
Myrow, 28, was acquired from the New York Yankees' Triple-A Columbus team on June 16 to complete the May 15 minor league deal which sent pitcher Tanyon Sturtze from Triple-A Las Vegas to Columbus. Upon joining Las Vegas, the left-handed hitting first baseman batted .359 with six homers, 15 doubles and 29 RBI in 50 games.
Young, 22, hit .281 and led the Florida State League in extra-base hits (61), ranked second in homers (22), third in RBI (85) and doubles (club-record 36) and fifth in runs scored (76) while playing in a team-high 129 games for Vero Beach. The switch-hitting Young was named to the season-end FSL All-Star squad and he was tabbed as the Dodgers' Minor League Player of the Month for August. He was the Dodgers' fourth-round pick in the June 2002 First-Year Player Draft.
Repko, 23, was the Dodgers' No. 1 selection in the June 1999 draft out of Hanford High School in West Richland, WA. In a combined 121 games for Jacksonville and Las Vegas in 2004, the right-handed hitter batted .303, racking up 13 homers, six triples, 37 doubles, 81 runs scored, 60 RBI and 23 stolen bases. In 75 games with Las Vegas, where he was the 51s' regular center fielder, Repko hit .311 with seven home runs, four triples, 26 doubles, 55 runs, 41 RBI and 13 steals. Playing for Scottsdale in the recently completed Arizona Fall League, Repko tied for the league lead with eight homers, batting .291 and adding seven doubles, two triples, 25 RBI and 20 runs in 31 contests.