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June 08, 2018
Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach represented in 2018 Major League Baseball Draft
Twelve players selected in the June 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft this week spent recent summers at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach participating in the Elite Development Invitational (EDI) camps hosted at the famed sports campus.
The EDI camps welcome boys ages 12-18 for an authentic baseball spring training-like experience. The same fields, clubhouse, dining room, sleeping rooms and recreational amenities enjoyed by 60 years of Dodger baseball are open to the boys for a fully-immersive experience. Approximately 40 former Major League players coach the boys from the fields, batting cages, weight rooms and meeting sessions.
The fourth annual EDI baseball camp, again hosted by MLB, USA Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, takes place this July 20 through August 2, and more than 200 boys from around the country will participate. The inaugural EDI camp took place in 2015 at Historic Dodgertown. In 2017, the second overall draft pick, Hunter Greene, participated in the inaugural EDI camp.
The 12 players selected in the 2018 Draft are:
Osiris Johnson (2016-2017 EDI, 2nd round, Miami Marlins)
Taj Bradley (2016-2017 EDI, 5th round, Tampa Bay Rays)
Lawrence Butler (2016-2017 EDI, 6th round, Oakland A’s)
Cabera Weaver (2016 EDI, 7th round, Chicago White Sox)
Dominic Pipkin (2017 EDI, 9th round, Philadelphia Phillies)
Regi Grace (2017 EDI, 10th round, Minnesota Twins)
Kelvin Smith (2016-2017 EDI, 20th round, Detroit Tigers)
Pablo Garabitos (2017 EDI, 25th round, Milwaukee Brewers)
William Duncan (2015 EDI, 29th round, san Diego Padres)
Bryce Bush (2017 EDI, 33rd round, Chicago White Sox)
Elijah Pleasants (2015 and 2017 EDI, 36th round, Kansas City Royals)
Kyle Salley (2016 EDI, 40th round, Chicago White Sox)
In 2017 MLB introduced the EDI Girls Softball camp, also at Historic Dodgertown, and more than 80 participants (18-and-under) received instruction from former Olympians, including Jennie Finch, and USA Softball players and coaches in a spring training environment. The EDI Softball camp returns to Historic Dodgertown this July 5-12.
Historic Dodgertown congratulates the 12 EDI graduates and wishes them great success in their future baseball careers.
(photo courtesy of Major League Baseball)
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532