After a couple of down years, by their standards, the Dodgers farm system has returned to elite status according to Bleacher Report. Joel Reuter ranked the Dodgers farm system as the fifth best in baseball in their 2022 pre-season rankings. It’s a huge jump compared to last year when the site ranked the Dodgers 22nd.
“Even after trading away Keibert Ruiz and Josiah Gray in the Max Scherzer/Trea Turner blockbuster, the Los Angeles Dodgers still have an elite farm system. That is thanks in large part to a number of breakthrough performances on both sides of the ball.”
Reuter also believes that some of the Dodgers less well known prospects show promise as well.
“Outfielder Andy Pages (.933 OPS, 31 HR) and third baseman Miguel Vargas (.906 OPS, 23 HR) turned potential into production, while Ryan Pepiot (4.62 ERA, 127 K, 101.1 IP) and Landon Knack (3.18 ERA, 82 K, 62.1 IP) look like the latest homegrown arms poised to make an impact at Dodger Stadium.”
The common misconception by rival fans is that the Dodgers “buy their team”. For those that pay attention, LA’s year-over-year success is built upon homegrown talent and then supplementing that talent with savvy free agent signings and/or trades.
It looks like the next crop of young talent can help keep that tradition going.
As Reuter mentions, the Dodgers high ranking is even more impressive considering they traded away their top two prospects, Josiah Gray and Keibert Ruiz, just over seven months ago.
The money the Dodgers invest in their scouting and player development are really the dollars that set them apart from the field.
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