If you are enjoying seeing the younger Dodger prospects in spring training, it looks like that enjoyment will continue for some years to come. MLB ranked all the farm systems, and the Dodgers are ranked at the third spot.
The 'window' is quite open, I'd say.https://t.co/DPkUyQbejE
— AJ Gonzalez? (@AJontheguitar) March 10, 2020
Bright Present, Shiny Future
In many projections around the baseball world, the Dodgers are projected to win anywhere from 99-110 games in 2020. Of the top five teams in this article, only the Rays and Dodgers are projected to be teams competing for the playoffs, with the Rays likely fighting for a wild card berth. The Twins and Braves are in the top ten, but they don’t sniff the top five. Why? The answer is easy, obvious, but deserving of another mention. The Dodgers front office is employed by some of the best in the business when it comes to drafting and development. Andrew Friedman and company deserve all the praise they are lauded with.
The Kids Have Names
In the top 100 prospects in the majors, here are the Dodgers who grace that list. Gavin Lux, (No. 2), Dustin May, (No. 23), Josiah Gray, (No. 67), Keibert Ruiz, (No. 73), Brusdar Graterol, (No. 83)
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The great part about this is that Lux, May, and Graterol are all MLB ready. How much Dodger fans will see of these kids is up in the air, but many expect to see Gavin Lux full time. This is not likely, but we probably will see Lux quite a bit. Dustin May has recently been rumored to start the season in Triple-A, given the rotation has been announced without Dustin May (or Tony Gonsolin for that matter.) With what we’ve seen from Brusdar Graterol, I cannot imagine not seeing him in the Dodgers bullpen, unless he develops health issues. His stuff is major league ready, particularly if Mark Prior and company can improve his slider. His sinking fastball alone hits triple digits and moves like a dancer. Gray is definitely still improving and developing. He remains a prospect. Keibert Ruiz still has improvement to do as well. He’ll remain a prospect. Besides, Will Smith and Austin Barnes having the backstop held down.
Wide Open Windows
“The window is almost closing” is basically a cliched trope among Dodger fans. After seven straight division titles I laugh when that notion is entertained by some ill-informed Dodgers fan on social media. Since Friedman and company started running the Dodgers, drafting and development have been nothing short of brilliant. Remaining competitive for a World Series while still having an incredibly farm program is miraculous. This Dodgers organization has most definitely not ‘bought the farm.’
I’m not in the least bit sorry, that’s a terrific pun.