Dodgers Standouts Shine at the Arizona Fall League

Emmet Sheehan, Glendale Desert Dogs, Arizona Fall League. Photo credit Gail Verderico, @1baseball_gail on Twitter and @baseball_gail on Instagram

Every year, baseball’s standouts vie for a brighter light to shine under, at the Arizona Fall League. This year, Dodgers’ prospects Emmet Sheehan (RHP), Andy Pages (OF), and Jose Ramos (OF), emphatically built their case(s) for eventual MLB births. To celebrate their outstanding performances in this year’s AFL, let’s take a closer look.

Standout- Andy Pages (OF)

Pages (#5), the powerhouse Cuban defector, continued his 2021 breakthrough into the Fall League with style. Against upper-echelon pitching, Pages’ line stands tall, at a gorgeous .296 AVG, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 20 R, and a .904 OPS.

Showcasing his plus-raw power and clutch gene throughout, Pages provided the Glendale Desert Dogs with the winning RBI(s) that sent his squad to the AFL Championship.

After middling results in 2022 at AA, Pages’ batting average saw an uptick from .236 all the way to .296 this fall, versus better pitchers than he faced during the regular season. Continuing his elite power production, Pages mashed 5 homers in this year’s AFL. That number tied him with other prospect standouts, such as Heston Kjerstad and Jordan Walker for the second-most HRs in the AFL.

Standout- Emmet Sheehan (RHP)

Sheehan (#47) enjoyed a breakout in 2022 after being drafted in the 6th round of the 2021 MLB Draft. Long and lanky, Sheehan fits the stereotypical mold of a Dodgers right-handed pitcher. Equipped with a fastball that’s released extra low for a player his size (6’5″ 225 LBS), Sheehan gets terrific extension on a pitch that already has elite velocity.

After mowing down Single-A Advanced and AA in 2022, Sheehan wasted little time finding his premier form once again. Of all the pitchers who started 6 games this Fall, Sheehan ranked second in opponents’ average (.169), WHIP (0.98), K (24), and third in ERA (3.54).

Standout- Jose Ramos (OF)

Another prospect on the rise, Ramos (#9) who – prior to this year’s AFL – hadn’t seen the caliber of pitchers he saw this Fall. As the impactful youngster spent the entirety of 2022 no higher than Single-A Advanced. Eventually, Ramos fell into his comfort zone and smacked the ball so well that he beat out fellow Dodgers’ OF Pages, for MLB Pipeline’s “Hitter of the Week” during the last week of this year’s AFL.

Only 21 years old, Ramos’s swing is quick, with little wasted movement. An athletic 6’1″, 200 LBS, Ramos has plus-power to all fields and a rifle of an arm. His long frame has begun filling out and, the one-time CF prospect, Ramos now profiles as an advanced OF who fits more naturally into one of the corner spots.

Upon finding his groove over the last week of the AFL, Ramos raised his overall line to .275/.326/.463. He finished with 16 RBI over 20 games. Which tied Ramos for the 6th most in the talent-ladened AFL.

Now equipped with the understanding of what it takes to hit higher-level pitching, Ramos’s future is even brighter. Likely to start 2023 in AA-Tulsa, the experience he gained at this year’s AFL should prove itself invaluable, as he was promoted from Single-A Advanced to the Arizona Fall League. Most players don’t get opportunities like that. I doubt that Ramos squanders it away.

What’s Next for these Dodger Standouts?

Look for Ramos, Pages, and Sheehan to break through to, at least, AAA next season. Perhaps as far as MLB, in 2023, for the latter two. If the Dodgers hadn’t fully discovered who these three young standouts were before this Fall, they most certainly do now. Now you, the readers, do as well.

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