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Dodgers: LA Executive Explains Key to Unending Farm System Success



The Dodgers have had a remarkable run of success. Despite the opinion of most rival fans, the Dodgers farm system, not free agency, has been the cornerstone of their success. The organization has done a masterful job of identifying and developing talent.

The Dodgers new Director of Development, Will Rhymes, explained why LA’s farm system has been best-in-class in an interview with The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya.

“One of the key pieces is the strength of our amateur scouting department. They’re incredibly creative and their processes are really good. They get players that are going to thrive in our environment…”

Rhymes predecessor, Brandon Gomes, was recently promoted to general manager this offseason.

In his previous life, Rhymes played three years in the majors with the Detroit Tigers as a second and third baseman.

The new director specified that it’s not just the domestic scouts that have boosted the Dodgers prospect pool.

“I think the connective tissue between amateur and international and player development — and as we all kind of walk hand in hand with the players, from signing through heading off to the major leagues —  is really important.”

The current crop of Dodgers prospects have drawn rave reviews from independent scouting experts. Pitching prospects Bobby Miller and Ryan Pepiot, along with catcher Diego Cartaya, headline the group.

The Athletic’s Keith Law ranked the Dodgers farm system as the best in baseball. Bleacher Report’s Joel Reuter had the Dodgers as the fifth best in MLB.

No matter how you slice it, the Dodgers farm system is regarded as one of the best in baseball.

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