Dodgers Prospects: Scouting Experts Breakdown Ryan Pepiot

Dodgers pitching prospect Ryan Pepiot has raised his profile considerably in just two minor league seasons. The Dodgers front office promoted the righty to Double-A in 2021 after Pepiot pitched in only 13 games between rookie league and Single-A in 2019.

However, prospect experts are divided on whether or not Pepiot is currently a top 100 prospect.

FanGraphs and The Athletic did not include Pepiot on their recent top 100 prospect lists, but Keith Law of The Athletic did include him in his “just missed the list” article.

“Pepiot has an 80 [grade] changeup, one of the best pitches of its type in baseball right now, along with an above-average fastball…What he lacks is the command and control he’ll need to be a starter without an above-average breaking ball (for now, at least).”

ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel ranked Pepiot 59th on his top 100 list and was also effusive in his praise of the prospect’s changeup.

“We come to Pepiot, who probably has the best changeup in the whole minor leagues, an at least 70-grade Bugs Bunny-type offering.”

Like Law, McDaniel has concerns about Pepiot’s ability to use his entire pitch mix effectively, but believes the Dodgers player development team can continue to nurture the 24-year-old.

“His precision in executing his non-changeup pitches is just all right, though he is in the Dodgers’ development clutches and was a late bloomer, getting on the early-round radar in only his 2019 draft spring as a junior at Butler.”

Ryan Pepiot is certainly a name to keep an eye on once the minor league season begins.

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