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Prospect News: MLB Pipeline Names A New No. 1 Prospect For Los Angeles

With Alex Verdugo as a fixture on the Los Angeles Dodgers roster, it was time for a new number one prospect over at MLB.com’s Prospect Pipeline.

That player is none other than 20-year old catcher, Keibert Ruiz. You can click here to see his scouting report.

For this, I defer to my partner Tim Rogers. Tim has a good handle on Dodgers’ prospects. Recently, he did a full breakdown of two different Dodgers’ top-30 lists; comparing MLB.com’s Prospect Pipeline with that of Baseball America.

If you click through to that post, you will see that Ruiz is already atop the list over at Baseball America. Now, with a consensus at the top spot at both publications; there’s little argument who the Dodgers’ true top prospect is. You can follow Tim Rogers over on twitter @SDDodger.

Furthermore, the current Dodgers Top-Five over at MLB Pipeline look like this:

  1. Keibert Ruiz
  2. Dustin May
  3. Gavin Lux
  4. Tony Gonsolin
  5. Will Smith

So, who do you think is the next youngster on this list (or beyond the top five) to make an impact in a Dodgers’ uniform at the big league level? How excited are you about Keibert Ruiz’s future?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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    • Spot on Bluz! In addition, I think Gavin Lux is ahead of Ruiz at this time, based upon minor league performance. No slam on Ruiz intended, I think he could become a generational catching talent, but May and Lux deserve a higher ranking at this time.

      • Everyone says he throws like former Red Bronson Arroyo……..but methinks they are caught up in his leg kick ….but current guy’s, not really anyone off the top of my head………I like the fact that he exhibits excellent control for a young pitcher and since he started throwing the two seam fastball, his velocity jumped into the mid 90’s…….I think he has a bright future indeed…..he’s pretty thin build and may or may not grow much more…the scouts say that does not bode well……but I still remember them saying Pedro Martinez wasn’t the right build for a pitcher either (Grin!)

  1. May should have been brought up when Ryu went down–we are overusing the bullpen and using players that simply arent doing it

    • I agree completely. This is the perfect time to give Ruiz a little baptism of fire. Rocky is a career minor leaguer.

  2. I think the thinking is that Will Smith (in AAA now) is closer to being MLB ready than Kelbert. But Kelbert has more potential upside.

  3. Hopefully Gavin Lux will keep producing and get a late season call-up. Then they can play Bellinger
    at first, his natural position, and get rid of Muncie.

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