When the new ownership took over the Dodgers back in 2012, they had a few goals in mind. The most obvious was to bring a championship back to Los Angeles, which they were successful in doing this past season. But the goal wasn’t to sell out to win a championship and sacrifice long-term success. The Guggenheim group and their leadership pushed a focus of winning now and winning for a very long time.
Part of the desire to win for a long time resulted in a boost to their farm system. Andrew Friedman and the front office wheeled and sealed to make sure that the Dodgers had plenty of talent from top to bottom in their organization, and it’s what continues to make them so successful today.
In recent years, we’ve been able to witness the success of building up their farm system firsthand. We’ve seen guys like Joc Pederson, Walker Buehler, Cody Bellinger, and Corey Seager all fly through the system and make an immediate impact on the Dodgers big league team. It seems like no matter what year we’re in, there’s always a stud player waiting for his turn.
This year, MLB experts have one guy in mind that they believe will debut for the Dodgers in 2021. That guy is right-handed pitcher Josiah Gray. Los Angeles stole Gray away from the Reds in a trade that was mostly meant to clear roster space and some salary — or at least that’s how it looked at the time. Just a few years later, and Gray is now their top prospect heading into 2021.
Gray is a guy that generates a TON of swings and misses and has a strong repertoire that features a lively fastball. He probably could have been ready to go for the Dodgers in 2020, but the need to rush him into things never really surfaced. Keep an eye on this guy in 2021, he could end up being a huge addition to an already amazing staff.
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