There was a bit of sad news coming from Dodgers Spring Training Camp this weekend. Outfield prospect Alfredo Silverio will not be able to play baseball or workout at Camelback Ranch after the injuries and a concussion that he suffered in a January 23rd car accident in his home country of the Dominican Republic continue to plague him.
Silverio was involved in a major car accident, and he sustained numerous injuries including a concussion and a bruised neck, shoulder, back, and elbow. He reportedly still is not fully recovered from the concussion which is very concerning. He is in camp, but there is no timeline to when he will be able to resume baseball activities. He is currently being treated by the Dodgers’ medical staff.
James Loney also was involved in a car accident last November when he crashed his Maserati into multiple cars and was arrested after acting bizarrely and attempting to flee the scene of the accident. There were no charges filed after Loney’s toxicology tests all came back negative. Loney later attributed his strange behavior to hitting his head after the first collision in the chain of accidents. Luckily James Loney has not had any lasting effects from the event that we know of.
Alfredo Silverio, 24, has been called a young Raul Mondesi and had a breakout season in AA Chattanooga last year. He hit .306 with 16 homeruns, 85 RBI, and 90 runs in 132 games as a Lookout in 2011. After being drafted at the young age of 16 by the Dodgers, Silverio played in the Dominican Summer League for three seasons. He has played in the minors for some time without turning any heads until last year in AA. After blooming late and impressing out of Tennessee, he was placed on the 40-man roster last November in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
We looked at Alfredo Silverio’s minor league career thus far in A Glimpse into the Future: Alfredo Silverio which was written a mere 12 days before his accident. Baseball America ranked Silverio #4 on their annual prospect list for the Dodgers organization in 2012. A lot of eyes were to be on Silverio this season. After working hard in the minors for so long, he had a lot to gain or lose in 2012 if he was to play at the AAA level for the first time. It’s also a harsh blow to the Dodgers’ farm system since they are without a lot of strong position player prospects.
“I feel terrible for the kid, honestly,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “You see his face, he looks dejected. He gets on the 40-man roster with a chance to come to camp and show something — he had a very good year last year, he’s a talented kid. For this to happen, that’s really sad for him.”
Alfredo has said that his dream is to play in the majors with the Dodgers. We wish him the best in his recovery.