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Dodgers: Trio of Prospects Named Pioneer League All-Stars

A trio of Dodgers impressed with Ogden this season.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 26: Special edition Los Angeles Dodgers baseballs used for batting practice are held in a basket before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

A trio of Dodgers prospects, outfielder Andy Pages, and right-handed pitchers Jeronimo Castro and Alfredo Tavarez have been named to the Pioneer League season-ending All-Star team.

The Dodgers’ Pioneer League affiliate is the Ogden Raptors.

Andy Pages

Pages, an 18-year-old outfielder, impressed all season long with Ogden and did the same in 2018 as well. He can surely hit and while his defense lags behind somewhat, he has the time to turn that side of the ball around for himself at just 18 years of age. At Ogden this season, Pages posted a 159 wRC+ in 57 games and slashed .290/.397/.621. He was fantastic. Here is Fangraphs’ scouting report on Pages:

“Signed late during the 2017-2018 international amateur calendar year, Pages hit for power in the DSL, came to the states toward the end of the summer, and stood out to scouts. He does indeed have impressive raw power for his age and size and, for whatever it’s worth, his early-career peripherals are strong. The defensive limitations will make it a tough profile but Pages’ career is off to a good start considering he’s not physically remarkable.”

Jeronimo Castro

Castro, a 22-year-old starting pitcher, has sat for quite some time — since 2016 — in Ogden, but has since made the jump to A ball with the Great Lakes Loons. The Pioneer League is extremely hitter-friendly and his 3.41 ERA and 3.37 FIP in 66 innings of work with the Raptors was impressive. He has shown more of the same with the Loons, posting a 3.25 FIP and 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings across eight starts.

As he is a bit older for someone at A-ball, his upside is somewhat limited by the organization, but he could still represent a solid depth piece later down the road.

Alfredo Tavarez

Tavarez is a 21-year-old right-handed pitcher who enjoyed a fairly solid season with the Raptors. While his numbers don’t look very impressive — 3.79 ERA and 4.94 FIP in 61 2/3 innings — they are pretty solid when taking into account just how hitter-friendly the Pioneer League environment is. With well over 250 innings of professional experience, Tavarez is looking like a future depth piece, but could very easily jump into the conversation eventually with more solid minor league performance.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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