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Sahuaro grad Verdugo promoted to Dodgers

Former Sahuaro High School standout Alex Verdugo has been called up to the Los Angeles Dodgers, as was first reported here this morning when this site published Facebook messages posted by his cousins Augie and Cisco Aguilar.

“Tucson on the Los Angeles Dodgers. The mijo (son), Alex, with the call up to the show!” Augie Aguilar posted.

Cisco Aguilar posted: “And in today’s news, Mr. ALEX Verdugo gets the CALL to the Big Leagues. Go DODGERS!!”

J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) of the Southern California News Group tweeted: “I can confirm what has been relayed via some Facebook leaks already: the Dodgers are calling up outfielder Alex Verdugo for his MLB debut.”

Sahuaro High School product Alex Verdugo is headed to the big leagues (OK Dodgers Photo)

Verdugo might make his major league debut Friday night when the Dodgers play at San Diego. He will join the team for that game as one of the first September call-ups.

Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts told reporters Thursday morning that “we’re going to play him” when asked how the Dodgers plan to use Verdugo.

Verdugo, an outfielder who is one of the Dodgers’ highly rated prospects, is a 2014 Sahuaro graduate who has progressed each season in his professional baseball career after his second round selection three years ago. He was batting .314 with six home runs and 61 RBIs for Triple-A Oklahoma City at the time of his call-up, his first promotion to the big leagues.

Cisco Aguilar has worked for the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Augie Aguilar is involved in sports marketing and communication. He represents Andre Agassi and Mike Trout.

Alex Verdugo standing in front of his locker in the Oklahoma City clubhouse at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. Pictures of him during his days with Sahuaro were posted by his cousin Augie Aguilar, who resides in Las Vegas and has connections with the 51’s minor-league team (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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