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How close is Dodgers' Jose De Leon to a big league opportunity?

Right-hander Jose De Leon could be nearing major league debut with the Dodgers. Norm Hall/Getty Images

While Washington Nationals right-hander Lucas Giolito is recognized as the top pitching prospect still in the minor leagues, and we’re likely to see him promoted when rosters expand in September, don’t forget about Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Jose De Leon. Opportunity could be there since there are no guarantees concerning the tricky health of myriad pitchers, including Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Brett Anderson and Monday’s starter, Scott Kazmir. And De Leon, with excellent numbers for Triple-A Oklahoma City, seems ready.