The goal of the Dodgers ownership continues to be a win-now mentality with a focus on maintaining future success. Part of their successes both long-term and short depends entirely on how well they have been able to build and grow their farm system.
The Athletic’s Keith Law released his top 100 prospects this week ahead of the 2021 season. This year, there were 4 Dodgers featured on the list. Only one guy came in the Top 50 though, which is a change from years past. Let’s dive into some of those rankings.
#39 Josiah Gray, RHP
The best part about this ranking is that Josiah Gray came to the Dodgers in the Matt Kemp/YasielPuig salary dump. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and generates a ton of swing-and-miss stuff. His excellent pitch mix led to Gray being taken into the playoff bubble in 2020 despite only playing at the alternate location at USC. When the Dodgers need him for the big leagues in 2021, he will be more than ready.
#74 Michael Busch, 2B
The Dodgers took Michael Busch in the first round out of the University of North Carolina in 2019 as a first baseman. Since then, he has become part of their plan moving forward a the keystone with no plans to slide him back to the corner. The fact that Busch can hit like a big leaguer already bodes well for his future, and he has impressed offensively everywhere he’s played since being drafted.
#75 Diego Cartaya, C
Diego Cartaya is just 19-years-old and already has 2 years of experience under his belt. The Dodgers have loved what they’ve seen out of his bat with experts predicting he can big a big power hitter. Cartaya has also shown that he can hit for power and should be an above-average defender behind the plate when his time comes. The biggest question for the organization seems to be what they are going to do with all of the depth at his position.
#80 Keibert Ruiz, C
Keibert Ruiz finally made his debut in 2020 and made an immediate impact. That brief stint with the Dodgers helped slightly repair his lowered stock from the last two years, but he fell all the way down to #80 in these rankings. Los Angeles might consider selling high on him, but his stock is still arguably lower than it should be. An interesting situation behind the plate for Los Angeles for sure.
Although the rankings feature just 4 Dodgers players in the top 100 this year, there is plenty to be excited about. Los Angeles obviously has a few things to figure out at the catching position, but the pitching and offense on the horizon is huge.
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