The Dodgers will be holding their annual winter development camp next week at their Camelback Ranch training facility in Glendale, Arizona. Dodger Stadium is currently undergoing construction upgrades, and the mini camp is unable to be held there this year.
This is the sixth development camp that the Dodgers have held. The first five were held at Dodger Stadium. The camp’s purpose is to give some of the top prospects in the Dodgers’ farm system a taste and feel of the Majors along with specialized coaching and lessons in some behind the scene areas of the Major League life. Some topics that will be touched upon are fan interaction, security measures, media relations, and giving back to the community. Many members of the media will be on hand at the event as well to see these possible future Dodgers in action.
The invitees for 2013 are:
Steven Ames, Chris Withrow, and Tim Federowicz all attended the camp last year. Lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez and catcher Tim Federowicz both spent a bit of time with the Dodgers in September last season. Last year the Dodgers invited 15 players to the camp at Dodger Stadium, and 8 of them reached the Majors in 2012. Michael Antonini, Rubby De La Rosa, Stephen Fife, Shawn Tolleson, Josh Wall, Alex Castellanos, Fedex, and Scott Van Slyke. Usually the invitation list can give us a good idea which players the Dodgers believe could reach the Majors first. It also gives the coaching staff a feel on how each player’s winter conditioning and training is going, and what skills they need to work on before they meet for Spring Training.