Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training Notes: March 2nd, 2012

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed two players from their open tryouts, Blake Johnson and Brandon Mims.

The Dodgers signed right-hander Blake Johnson and middle infielder Brandon Mims out of Thursday’s tryout camp at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

Johnson, 26, was a second-round Draft pick of the Dodgers in 2004, and he pitched three seasons in the organization before being traded to Kansas City in the Odalis Perez trade. Johnson pitched in the Kansas City and Texas organizations last year at Double-A and Triple-A, and he has never reached the Major Leagues.

Mims, 19, was a ninth-round Draft pick of Toronto in 2010. He signed for $230,000, played only one game of rookie ball in ’10 before being released last September after missing the entire season, reportedly for personal issues.

Johnson posted an ERA over 7 in AAA last year as a reliever, so I wouldn’t hold my breath on him being anything more than AAA depth.

Mims was released for personal reasons, and I assume it was serious, because teams usually don’t release $230k investments on a whim.

Baseball America said this when he was drafted in 2010:

Brandon Mims stands out most for his speed and athleticism. The 6-foot, 170-pound switch-hitter has the chance to be an igniter at the top of a lineup, though he doesn’t have much power. He has the hands and arm to stay at shortstop. Because he hasn’t committed to a four-year school, he should be a relatively easy sign.

Sounds at least as promising as Jake Lemmerman, of course without the experience, but who knows?

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