The Dodgers have consistently had one of the best farm systems in baseball since new ownership took over. This year is no different, with Los Angeles having 5 players rank in the top 100 prospects in baseball on Keith Law’s list.
The first few guys on the list aren’t surprising at all for Dodgers fans. What’s surprising is not seeing more guys from the Dodgers’ pool of talent included in the list. Notables missing from the top 100 list are Keibert Ruiz and recent acquisition Brusdar Graterol. Let’s take a look at who’s in.
#4- Gavin Lux (Dodgers’ #1)
Lux comes in as the Dodgers top prospect in 2020, to essentially no one’s surprise. While he does not profile as a long term shortstop due to his arm strength, Lux will be an every day second baseman eventually. In fact, there’s a good chance he’s an every day second baseman in 2020. He crushed at Triple-A before his call-up last year, hitting .392 with 14 homeruns in just 49 games. Lux is sure to be locking down the right side of the infield for years to come in LA.
#7- Dustin May (Dodgers #2)
Dustin May is a guy that would 100 percent be a starter on any other opening day roster. Unfortunately for him, he happens to play on a team with the deepest rotation in baseball. So even though he should be starting games at the big league level, May could start the season at Triple-A to get innings in early. When he does get onto the Dodgers’ starting staff, the rest of the league better watch out. A high nineties fastball and wipeout curve combine for plenty of groundball outs and strikeouts. He should be in the rotation for a very long time.
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#63- Josiah Gray (#5)
Josiah Gray can almost be put in the same boat as Dustin May was in last year. He will start the year at Triple-A, but there’s a chance he could be a late-season addition to get some time in the big leagues in 2020. Acquired in the famous Yasiel Puig trade, Gray touches the mid to upper nineties consistently and has already developed a very good slider. He pitched to a 2.75 ERA in 2019 at Double-A across 25 starts.
#77- Tony Gonsolin (#6)
Add Tony Gonsolin to the same situation as Dustin May in 2020. While the team likely views him as a starter long-term, there just doesn’t seem to be an immediate spot open for him. Gonsolin could conceivably go to the bullpen, given that his high-velocity fastball and devastating splitter play-up in relief. He was exceptionally effective in as a starter last season, pitching to a 2.89 ERA in his 6 starts. Like May, GOnsolin could start the season at Triple-A to get some innings logged before helping out the big league team.
#91- Diego Cartaya (#11)
It’s not really a secret that the Dodgers have more catching depth than they know what to do with. They have two very good catchers listed on their top 30 prospects list after having four last season. While Keibert Ruiz may be the more immediate fit for the team, Cartaya will follow shortly. He hit .296 at rookie ball last season and has shown very good potential defensively. The Dodgers might find a need to offload another young catcher at some point though, as they now have three very good ones.
The Dodgers are obviously loaded with talent and look to have set themselves up nicely to compete for years to come.