Dodgers’ Brian Cavazos-Galvez Returns To His Roots

The Dodgers announced on Tuesday they were promoting corner outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez to Triple-A Albuquerque, a move which brings the 24-year-old full circle.

Cavazos-Galvez, who turns 25 on Thursday, was born in Albuquerque and played two years of college baseball for New Mexico, which plays its home games in Isotopes Park. Cavazos-Galvez’s connections to the Isotopes run even deeper than that though. His father Balvino Galvez came up through the Dodgers system in the 1980s and played parts of two seasons (1986 and ’92) for Albuquerque’s Triple-A franchise, known as the Dukes at the time.

The younger Cavazos-Galvez put himself on the prospect map when he was a two-time all-Mountain West Conference selection for New Mexico before the Dodgers made him their 12th-round pick in 2009. His power bat and strong arm carry his profile as a corner outfielder, and he won Rookie-level Pioneer League MVP honors in his pro debut, hitting, .322/.353/.618 for Ogden.

Cavazos-Galvez’s 2012 season has followed a strange track. The Dodgers have wanted him to control the strike zone better, so they sent him back for a second year in Double-A Chattanooga this spring. A slow start (.167/.233/.359 in 78 at-bats) spelled a demotion to high Class A Rancho Cucamonga, where Cavazos-Galvez  turned things around with a .346/.370/.596 line with 3 homers in 52 at-bats.

The Dodgers summoned Jerry Sands from Albuquerque in the wake of Matt Kemp’s injury, a move that benefits Cavazos-Galvez as he gets his first crack at Triple-A in a familiar setting.