The Dodgers’ roster continues to grow and change with every passing day leading up to the start of the season. After getting back Kenley Jansen yesterday, Los Angeles officially added a top prospect into the mix on Monday.
It was announced earlier this morning that the Dodgers are adding Devin Mann into their 60-man player pool. Mann is ranked at the team’s number 22 prospect in the organization. Mann is also ranked the fourth-best middle infielder in the farm system.
Dodgers are adding 2B-3B Devin Mann, another of their top prospects, to their 60-man player pool after he takes/clears test
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 13, 2020
Mann was picked up by the Dodgers in the fifth round of the 2018 draft out of Louisville. Things really started to come together for him last year when he finished with 19 homeruns in Class A Advanced California League despite missing time with injuries. Mann did strike out in over 20 percent of his plate appearances but also managed to increase his walk rate as well.
At 23-years-old, Mann needs to get in as must big-league experience as possible if he has any hopes in playing above Class-A. He has just two seasons of professional baseball under his belt, but time spent with the Dodgers this season could move him forward much faster.
Most scouts report that Mann has changed up his approach pretty drastically from being a contact hitter in college. He has adjusted his swing to more of a power approach, resulting in more homeruns than expected. Scouts also predict that he will end up at a corner infield position long-term, and he is often described as “stiff” for a middle infielder. The Dodgers will likely assign him to one of the satellite locations where younger guys are getting work in.