The Dodgers have made a name for themselves in recent history of having one of the best farm systems in the league. Fans get to see the results of that every year that a top prospect comes up through the system and makes an immediate impact.
We already know that Josiah Gray is the number 1 prospect in the Dodgers organization right now, and should be up before the 2021 season is up. But Jim Bowden of The Athletic ranked catcher Diego Cartaya as the most underrated prospect heading into the new year, and we can expect a lot from him. More from Bowden here:
Cartaya is a future Gold Glove-caliber catcher with an arm and release that can stop a running game. He’s going to hit for a high average with at least average major-league power, which should result in 15 to 18 home runs once fully developed. He has above-average bat speed with loud sweet-spot contact. He’s athletic behind the plate with strong leadership skills, and he profiles as an elite game caller.
Cartaya was signed out of Venezuela for $2.5 million in 2018 and made his debut at age 17. Since then, Cartaya has impressed the entire Dodgers organization with his advanced athleticism and maturity at just 19 years of age.
As noted by Bowden, Cartaya is often overlooked in the Dodgers organization due to the extreme depth they have at catcher. Will Smith and Keibert Ruiz get most of the attention behind the plate, but Cartaya could very well be the man of the future. Don’t sleep on Diego.