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Triunfel claimed by Dodgers, added to 40-man roster

The Dodgers claimed infielder Carlos Triunfel from the Seattle Mariners and placed him on the 40-man roster.
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The Dodgers today claimed Carlos Triunfel, a one-time top prospect in the Seattle Mariners’ organization. Los Angeles also announced Triunfel’s addition to the 40-man roster.

Originally signed by the Seattle Mariners in 2006 for $1.3 million, Triunfel made his professional debut in 2007 at age 17.

As recently as 2009, he was still a top-100 prospect according to Baseball America.

During his seven-year minor league career, Triunfel has a .276 average.

The 5’11” Dominican made his Major League debut in September 2012, going 11-for-71 in 27 big league games in 2012 and 2013. During that time, he has as many errors – three – as extra-base hits.

It is Triunfel’s versatility that is most attractive to the Dodgers. Originally a shortstop, Triunfel can also play second base and third base. He’s regarded as an athletic fielder with a strong arm.

The Dodgers had one spot open in the 40-man roster before adding Triunfel.

Triunfel was immediately assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque. He’ll give Los Angeles infield depth with former Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero who signed a 4-year $28 million contract with Los Angeles in the off-season.

Guerrero started the season with the Dodgers in the two-game set in Australia. He appeared in both games recording a strikeout in one plate appearance.

After the team returned stateside, Guerrero was sent to the minor leagues.

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