The Dodgers organization has plenty of strengths, but their ability to develop talent ranks right at the top. After years of mismanagement by the Frank McCourt regime, the Guggenheim Group has reinvested in the Dodgers farm system and it shows.
Prospect experts rank the Dodgers farm system right near the top of the league. FanGraphs Eric Longenhagen’s first paragraph in his updated list of LA’s top 51 prospects this week says it all.
“This is among the deepest systems in all of baseball and is arguably the best overall even though it lacks the star-level players it has tended to have near the top for the last handful of years.”
Venezuelan catching phenom Diego Cartaya still sits atop the Dodgers prospect list with Dodgers 2020 first-round pick Bobby Miller right behind him.
Dodgers Top 10 Prospects (FanGraphs)
- Diego Cartaya – C
- Bobby Miller – RHP
- Michael Busch – 2B
- Andy Pages – CF
- Ryan Pepiot – RHP
- Maddux Bruns – LHP
- Jose Ramos – RF
- Rayne Doncon – 2B
- Jorbit Vivas – 2B
- Miguel Vargas – 3B
This season, Cartaya is slashing .260/.379/.562 in 73 plate appearances in Single-A. He struggled with injuries last year, but the big bodied (6’3″) catcher continually draws comparisons to Royals backstop Salvador Perez. Considering that the DH is here to stay, Will Smith and Cartaya both getting consistent at-bats one day on the Dodgers isn’t out of the question.
Although Ryan Pepiot isn’t the Dodgers top pitching prospect, the right-hander, and his “Bugs Bunny changeup”, has dominated Triple-A hitters this year. Pepiot recently earned Pacific Coast League pitcher of the month honors.
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