The farm system for the Dodgers is quickly rebounding from many graduates to the major leagues and some trades. Keith Law has already declared the Dodgers to have the number one farm system and most other publications have them in the top ten.
The Dodgers cashed in some excellent prospect chips to acquire stars like Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, and Max Scherzer. One of the reasons to have a strong farm system is to make those kinds of moves. However, the primary reason is to have a constant flow of talent coming to the major league level. The Dodgers are on track to have an overflow of talent hit their upper levels this year.
— dodgers2080 (@dodgers2080) March 26, 2022
MLB Pipeline has released their pre-season 2022 prospect list for the Dodgers. This article will look at the new list and compare it to the previous one from one year ago.
The table below shows the list from last Summer and the new list, including the changes from the previous list.
|Notes||March 11, 2021||Rank||March 28, 2022||Position||Change|
|Traded||Keibert Ruiz||1||Diego Cartaya||C||5|
|Traded||Josiah Gray||2||Bobby Miller||RHP||3|
|Michael Busch||3||Michael Busch||2B|
|Kody Hoese||4||Andy Pages||OF||4|
|Bobby Miller||5||Miguel Vargas||3B/2B/1B||6|
|Diego Cartaya||6||Ryan Pepiot||RHP||1|
|Ryan Pepiot||7||Landon Knack||RHP||7|
|Andy Pages||8||Eddys Leonard||SS/2B/3B||New|
|Wilman Diaz||9||Jorbit Vivas||2B/3B||New|
|Jacob Amaya||10||Wilman Diaz||SS||-1|
|Miguel Vargas||11||Andre Jackson||RHP||18|
|Clayton Beeter||12||Maddux Bruns||LHP||New|
|Luis Rodriguez||13||Nick Nastrini||RHP||New|
|Landon Knack||14||Jose Ramos||RF||New|
|Graduated||Zach McKinstry||15||Clayton Beeter||RHP||-3|
|Alex De Jesus||16||Carlos Duran||RHP||New|
|Jake Vogel||17||James Outman||CF||New|
|Traded||Gerardo Carrillo||18||Gavin Stone||RHP||New|
|Waived||Sheldon Neuse||19||Jacob Amaya||SS||-9|
|Graduated||Mitchell White||20||Alex De Jesus||SS||-4|
|Waived||DJ Peters||21||Peter Heubeck||RHP||New|
|Michael Grove||22||Rayne Doncon||SS/2B/3B||New|
|Devin Mann||23||Michael Grove||RHP||-1|
|Jesus Galiz||24||Kody Hoese||3B||-20|
|Kendall Williams||25||Luis Rodriguez||CF||-12|
|Waived||Edwin Uceta||26||Jesus Galiz||C||-2|
|Robinson Ortiz||27||Carson Taylor||C||New|
|Jimmy Lewis||28||Hyun-il Choi||RHP||New|
|Andre Jackson||29||Jake Vogel||CF||-12|
|Omar Estevez||30||Justin Yurchak||1B||New|
Miguel Vargas absolutely crushed this ball. Wow. pic.twitter.com/XZM872VC9o
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 23, 2022
What Stands Out
- The top six seem to be the consensus from most prospect sites, with the order being a bit different in some cases. It does look like Diego Cartaya is almost the consensus number one.
- André Jackson gained the most places from the previous year. Jackson will probably be the first from the new list to make an impact in 2022 as he had a few appearances for the Dodgers in 2021.
- The biggest drop was from Kody Hoese. 2021 brought injuries to Hoese so getting a fresh start in 2022 should raise his prospect status again.
- Thirteen new players appeared on the list at the same time as last year. Some of them are draft picks but some are players that are a result of the Dodgers’ development processes.
- The highest new entry is infielder Eddys Leonard. We wrote about him on our prospect site, Dodgers 2080, along with Jorbit Vivas, who is right behind him.
- In the top 10, only one of those players has even played Triple-A and that was Ryan Pepiot. This group is young and will be making a huge impact in 2022.
- Eleven of the players on the list are right-handed pitchers. If you look closely, the Dodgers have depth at just about every position on the diamond.
These types of lists are a good tool to help get to know the players in the organization. However, the lists are pretty subjective. There are so many good players missing on this list that could make the big leagues soon such as Mark Washington, Ryan Noda, Zack Plunk, Cameron Gibbens, and Austin Drury. On Dodgers 2080, we will be discussing these under-the-radar-types. Remember, both Darien Nuñez and Justin Bruihl made the big-league roster for parts of 2021 and none of them were in any top thirty lists.
When you go to Ranch Cucamonga to watch a baseball game you are watching many future Dodgers. If you are a Padres fan you go to Lake Elsinore to watch mostly trade bait. The Dodgers take the talent they find, including lower draft picks, and develop that talent. The proof is visible. As we dig deeper into these players on the 2022 list, we will see that not all of them are high draft picks or received huge bonuses. The player development for the Dodgers is elite.
What are your thoughts on the latest prospect rankings? Who do you think the number one prospect is?