The Dodgers have a knack for finding guys in the draft that can command the strike zone very well. They’ve shown that over the years, and the results have ultimately resulted in a 2020 World Series Championship. There’s obviously more that went into it, but their ability to build up the farm is certainly an important factor.
The Arizona Instructional League has become an increasingly less popular option for big-league teams to send their young guys to in recent years. Despite that, the Dodgers have opted to get young guys out there year after year. This year, the Instructional League was the first time scouts really got to see most of these guys play in person due to the pandemic.
At this year’s Instructional League, the Dodgers had one prospect that earned raved reviews from scouts across the league. Baseball America compiled a list of the top performers from the League today, and Michael Busch made an appearance. Here is more from BBA on Los Angeles’ number 4 prospect.
Busch earned universal reviews as the top hitter in Arizona. He took high-quality at-bats, turned around upper-90s velocity and showed home run power to center field and both gaps. His balance, bat speed, hand-eye coordination and strike-zone discipline all drew high praise. Evaluators were split on Busch’s defense at second base, but he earned consistent grades as a plus hitter with plus power.
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