The Dodgers farm system looks a little different in 2021. In years past, Los Angeles has consistently had multiple prospects ranked among the elite in Major League Baseball. With the number of young guys that have graduated to the big league level, the last 2 years have seen a dip.
The latest rankings from MLB Pipeline for prospects was recently released. There were 2 Dodgers players who made the Top 100 list, down from 5 players in 2019. That year, Gavin Lux, Dustin May, Keibert Ruiz, Josiah Gray, and Jeter Downs all made the cut.
The Dodgers prospects that cracked the Top 100 list this year were Keibert Ruiz and Josiah Gray. This is the second year that the battery mates made the list, though there was a slight change from the previous ranking.
#57- Keibert Ruiz
Ruiz once again makes the list, this time ahead of Gray in the rankings. Ruiz made his debut with the Dodgers in 2020, hitting a homerun and a single in 8 at-bats. Ruiz had impressed over the first few professional seasons but did take a step back starting in 2019. Adjustments made at the alternate site in 2020 helped him to correct some mechanical issues, but Ruiz remains blocked at the big league level.
The Dodgers will enter 2021 with Will Smith as their main catcher. They also just signed Austin Barnes to a 2-year deal that would seemingly make it so that Ruiz is blocked for a while. With that being said, his future in Los Angeles is very much up in the air.
#58- Josiah Gray
On almost any other team in baseball, Josiah Gray would be a part of their staff already. Unfortunately for Gray, the Dodgers might be the deepest pitching staff in the entire league. So much so that he might end up blocked for the 2021 season as well.
Scouts around MLB love that his fastball has plenty of life on with late rise and missing bats often. He spent the 2020 season working on his breaking stuff, adding some power to his slider, and improving his curveball. If the Dodgers end up needing a guy to step into the bullpen, this could be Gray’s year to make his debut.
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