The Dodgers have been one of baseball’s greatest organizations in terms of player development for the last decade and their latest top prospect is already making his case to be baseball’s best.
Diego Cartaya, a 20-year-old kid from Venezuela, has long been considered a potential future star at the catching position, but his inexperience has made it hard to project how he would look against stiffer competition. Now that he has had a full minor league season under his belt, it’s clear to anyone that watches him.
Cartaya can absolutely ball.
Geoff Pontes of Baseball America recently dove into what makes Cartaya one of the best up-and-coming prospects. Here’s a bit on what the prospects expert had to say
Potentially a monster in the making, Cartaya is one of the best hitters based on data in the minor leagues.
For years, the only thing that baseball experts could talk about was a future where Keibert Ruiz was the starting catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. It seemed almost inevitable that he was the future at the position for this team, then they went out and signed the best overall prospect out of Venezuela in 2018 in Diego Cartaya and have since traded Ruiz.
Pontes took a deep dive into what makes Cartaya great in his eyes. Here’s an excerpt, but we highly recommend you read the full piece on Baseball America.
Cartaya shows above-average raw power …There’s certainly some swing and miss (illustrated by his 33.6% whiff rate), but it’s important to keep in mind Cartaya’s age in relation to his competition. … Behind the plate, Cartaya, like many catching prospects, is a work in progress. But he gets rave reviews on his arm and his improving ability as a receiver.
At 19 years old, Cartaya was among the youngest at the Low-A level in 2021. Still, he excelled at getting on base (.409 OBP) and hunting for pitches he can slug (16 extra base hits in just 31 games).
Dodgers Nation’s Tim Rogers highlighted Cartaya in the middle of last season where he too gave high marks.
Through all of the noise, it’s important to remember that Cartaya is still just 20 years old, making his standing as the team’s top overall prospect that much more incredible. His journey may just be beginning, but his potential on both sides of the ball is almost impossible to ignore. Like all good teams, the Dodgers always have an eye on the future. Will Smith has done an excellent job behind the plate, but it’s only a matter of time before Diego Cartaya makes his case in the major leagues.