From the day that new ownership took over, the Dodgers front office has expressed a desire to revamp the farm system. And just a few years later, Los Angeles has one of the better player development systems around the league.
Dodgers director of player development Will Rhymes spoke with milb.com recently, discussing some of the strengths and weaknesses of the current system. For Rhymes, the real strength is in the number of solid arms coming up over the next few years.
I think if you look at the area where we have a tremendous opportunity over the next couple years, it’s with starting pitching prospects and our ability to develop something that’s really rare to actually develop starting pitching and quantity of it.
The Dodgers picked up a few arms in this year’s draft that already made it into their top prospect rankings. Clayton Better (#8) and Bobby Miller (#7) are just two of the four right-handed arms they scooped up. Rhymes went on to say that he felt the team didn’t just have a lot of good pitching, but a lot of projectable starting pitching as well. For him, that’s what separates them from everyone else.
We have a lot of real legitimate projectable starting pitcher prospects, and if a system can produce starting pitchers at a clip that’s kind of above the industry standard … that’s a real separator for an organization and something we have a chance to do.
The Dodgers already have plenty of good arms up int eh big leagues as it is. But factoring in guys like Josiah Gray, Mitchell White, Gerardo Carillo, Andre Jackson, and Micahel Grove, and you have one heck of a chance at a young, dominant rotation for the long run.
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