This past week saw a whole lot of movement throughout the Dodgers organization. With the blockbuster trade for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, prospects were moved all over to compensate for losses at that level.
The trade of Josiah Gray and Keibert Ruiz opened a few doors at the Triple-A level, and the Dodgers promoted 2 arms. Both Ryan Pepiot and Andre Jackson got the bump up from Tulsa and joined up with th Oklahoma City teams this weekend.
Pepiot is the number 5 prospect in the Dodgers organization and a guy teams reportedly asked about in trade talks. Given his age and how close he is to being big-league ready, it makes sense that teams would want him.
Through 15 appearances at Double-A in 2021, Pepiot has pitched to a 2.87 ERA and is striking out more than 12 guys per 9 innings. His plus change-up paired with a very good fastball that sits in the mid-90s has made him a legitimate starter very early in his pro career.
Jackson moved up to the number 23 spot in the Dodgers prospect rankings and also earned the promotion. At 25-years-old, Jackson has had a great season at Tulsa and is also striking out a bunch of guys.
As a guy that has had Tommy John surgery very early on in his career, the Dodgers have played it pretty slow with him as he’s climbed through the system since being drafted in 2017. He’s struggled with control at points in his career but took a big step forward in 2021.
Both of these guys could see time in the big leagues as early as next year, though Pepiot is by far viewed as having the higher ceiling for his career.