Since our Preseason Los Angeles Dodgers Top 50 Prospects, a whole lot has happened in the land of Dodger youngsters. Let’s catch you up to speed on those you WILL NOT see on the midseason, post trade deadline Top 50 Dodgers Prospects list, due to surpassing IP/AB limits, trades and poor performance:
Previously Ranked #1 1B/OF Cody Bellinger – ROY Cody Bellinger has completely gone a tear at a historic homer happy rate. The guy will unanimously win ROY and should get MVP votes.
Previously ranked #2 RHP Jose De Leon – De Leon was traded for the steady yet under-performing 2B Logan Forsythe. Thankfully the Chris Taylor emergence in LF has made up for the offensive shortcomings Mr. Forsythe.
Previously ranked #6 2B/OF Willie Calhoun – Calhoun is still raking and still doesn’t have a position. Hence, he was traded for World Series Game 2 starter YUUUUUUUUUUU Darvish.
Previously ranked #10 OF Andrew Toles – Toles has graduated from the “prospect” title and then subsequently blew his knee up
Previously ranked #15 C/2B Austin Barnes – Barnes has graduated and become a Top 10 catcher relative to innings played when combining offensive and defensive production (seriously look it up).
Previously ranked #25 RHP Chase De Jong – So far no good for De Jong’s MLB production. He was dealt to Seattle for SS Drew Jackson (Chris Taylor revisited?)
Previously ranked #26 LHP Grant Dayton – With exactly 50 MLB IP to the date, he is no longer eligible. Injuries have ravaged his season.
Previously ranked #36 SS Brendon Davis – Went to Texas as the always loved “big body with power upside” piece in the Darvish deal.
Without further ado, your current Top 50 Los Angeles Dodgers Prospects!
Tier 1: Players with high expectations of both making the majors and playing at an All-Star level for a number of years
Tier 2: Players with an above average expectation of making the majors and being a solid contributor
Tier 3: Players with an average expectation of making the majors and being a solid contributor
Tier 4: Players who have the potential of making the majors, or have high likelihood of making the majors but providing minimal impact (e.g. middle reliever, low-ceiling UT guys)
Tier 5: Players who are worth keeping an eye on, but likely to never make a team’s 40-man roster
1. Walker Buehler, RHP
Age: 23 (DOB 7/28/1994) Preseason #5
Buehler is known to have some of the best “stuff” in the minor leagues and it continues to pay dividends. He’s climbed through the system at a rapid rate, making it all the way to AAA ball recently. In the past weeks, he has been moved to the bullpen in hopes of converting his raw talent to an October role with the Dodgers (see David Price, Adam Wainwright from the past). He’s a future All-Star starting pitcher in the making.
2. Alex Verdugo, OF
Age: 21 (DOB 05/15/1996) Preseason #4
Verdugo was in close consideration for the top spot with Buehler. Verdugo offers a more consistent game with a high floor, as opposed to Buehler’s extremely high ceiling. He does everything well including potential gold glove defense to go along with his elite on base skills (recently had 45 game on base streak snapped). There’s a reason the Dodgers have made him untouchable in trades up until this point.
3. Yadier Alvarez, RHP
Age: 21 (DOB 03/07/1996) Preseason #3
I wouldn’t say Alvarez has regressed this season, more so that he just hasn’t taken that leap that some may have hoped for. He is still young and a bit wild. However, his stuff plays and he has one of the best fastballs in the minor ranks, to go along with a wipeout slider. Plus he’s still striking out a batter per inning.
4. Brock Stewart, RHP
Age: 25 (DOB 10/03/1991) Preseason #7
Stewart is clinging onto his Prospects1500 prospect status with 48.2 IP in his career. I still think this guy is a solid #3 workhorse starter. The Dodgers are so deep with starting pitching, that he has been moved to the pen this year. While he’s been great in that role, his upside is as a starter.
5. Mitchell White, RHP
Age: 22 (DOB 12/28/1994) Preseason #12
White continues to impress since being drafted in the 2nd round in 2016. He has advanced up to AA where he has looked good in his limited appearances. He continues to miss bats with over a K an inning and a .168 BAA in 58 IP.
6. Jeren Kendall, OF
Age: 21 (DOB 02/04/1996) Preseason unranked
The Dodger brass could not have been more excited with Kendall’s fall in the 2017 draft all the way to the 23rd pick. He does have some swing and miss in his game, but his tools are off the charts. He has top notch speed, good power and plays great defense. He is one of the main Dodger prospects to watch from a fantasy baseball perspective.
7. Yusniel Diaz, OF
Age: 20 (DOB 10/07/1996) Preseason #8
Diaz got off to a slow start in 2017, but has been on fire of late. He earned a promotion to AA and should continue to improve. He has recently shown more power and still gets on base at a decent rate (.343 OBP) for a 20 year old.
8. Keibert Ruiz, C
Age: 19 (DOB 07/20/1998) Preseason #31
Ruiz is one of the biggest risers on the Top 50 Dodger prospect rankings. I knew Ruiz had power potential, but I did not think it would advance so quickly in his age 19 season. With 29 XBH already, to go along with a .374 OBP, Ruiz is turning some heads. His advanced approach at the plate along with his defensive potential has allowed him to gain some national attention amongst well known executives in the industry.
9. Dennis Santana, RHP
Age: 21 (DOB 04/12/1996) Preseason #34
Another early riser in the Dodgers system is Santana, who has had a great season thus far. Santana has earned his promotion to AA with electric arm and good control. I’d imagine he may be a nice trade piece at some point as the Dodgers are loaded with arms and Santana begins the second tier.
10. Starling Heredia, OF
Age: 18 (DOB 02/06/1999) Preseason #13
Heredia was absolutely outstanding in Rookie ball this season before recently promoting to Low A ball. He has loads of potential with his large frame and early success at a young age. You can’t help but notice the .451 OBP this season, even in a small sample size.
11. DJ Peters, OF
Age: 21 (DOB 12/12/1995) Preseason #14
DJ skipped Low A ball and advanced to High A ball to start the year. Well, he hasn’t looked back as he already has 49 XBH (including 22 HR’s) to go along with a .389 OBP. He still strikes out a ton (about a third of the time), but is that so bad in this day in age of baseball. If he can get that K rate down to about 25%, he has a chance to be a solid masher in the league.
12. Jordan Sheffield, RHP
Age: 22 (DOB 06/01/1995) Preseason #9
Sheffield is another young power arm in the Dodger system who has the ability to be a quality MLB starting pitcher. His control has not advanced as much as some would like to see so far this season. He still has great stuff and will need to improve on his command to stop his slide in the rankings. I suspect he ends up as a high leverage reliever, which isn’t the worse career path these days.
13. Morgan Cooper, RHP
Age:22 (DOB 09/12/1994) Preseason unranked
The Dodgers selected Cooper in the 2nd round of the 2017 draft and it’s easy to see why. The guy has the ideal frame for an MLB starting pitcher at 6’5″ and a lean 210 pounds. He has been through TJ surgery already (a Dodger trend), but continues to hit the upper 90’s with his fastball. Solid innings eating #3 starter in the making.
14. Edwin Rios, 1B
Age: 23 (DOB 04/21/1994) Preseason #23
Rios continues to surprise everyone, including me. He just continues to hit at every level he advances to. He has had great success at every level, hitting for average and getting on base at above average rates. I keep waiting for him to come back to earth, but maybe this is who he is.
15. Gavin Lux, SS
Age: 19 (DOB 11/23/1997) Preseason #11
A recent hot streak has been back on the Gavin Lux bandwagon. He has underperformed in his short pro career to this point, but he’s still very young. He needs to ride this recent hot streak wave and sustain the momentum.
16. Dustin May, RHP
Age: 19 (DOB 09/06/1997) Preseason #17
May’s early success earned him a start in the Midwest League All-Star game this season. He has had a strong year thus far, earning him a slight bump in the rankings. He is still striking out about a batter per inning to go along with a nice low BB rate for a young pitcher.
17. Trevor Oaks, RHP
Age: 24 (DOB 03/26/1993) Preseason #18
Oaks is controlled, steady, dependable and yet a bit boring. He doesn’t do anything flashy, but he limits hard contact and misses enough bats to be a dependable back end starter in the major leagues.
18. Will Smith, C
Age: 21 (DOB 03/28/1995) Preseason #19
Smith has disappointed me a bit this season, but he still shows enough to make me believe he will be a starting MLB catcher one day. I don’t think he will be an All-Star by any means, but he should be a solid contributor in the show.
19. Caleb Ferguson, LHP
Age:21 (DOB 07/22/1996) Preseason unranked
A mechanical adjustment contributed to a nice velocity increase this season for Ferguson. He has shot up the rankings and is currently the top LH starter in the Dodgers system. His early numbers in 2017 are impressive and he should continue to improve with increased command.
20. Omar Estevez, 2B
Age: 19 (DOB 02/25/1998) Preseason #20
Estevez hasn’t really done much to warrant a rise or fall in the rankings thus far. He kind of is who we all thought he was. Omar is a steady defender, with good bat to ball skills and gap to gap power.
22. Cody Thomas, OF
Age: 22 (DOB 10/08/1994) Preseason #29
I was the high guy on Cody Thomas preseason, so naturally at midseason I still am. I think the guy has so much athletic ability, to go with his massive power, that he has a good shot to produce in the big leagues.
23. Ibandel Isabel, 1B
Age: 22 (DOB 06/20/1995) Preseason #43
Isabel continues to show he has one elite tool and that’s his power. 24 jacks already this season has allowed him to rise in the rankings. He has a lot of swing and miss in his game, but again, is that so bad?
24. Kyle Farmer, C/3B
Age: 26 (DOB 08/17/1990) Preseason #33
What a great story Kyle Farmer has been this season. From boring non-prospect, to hitting a walk-off double for the Dodgers in his first big league at bat. Farmer made adjustments to his swing this past offseason and it’s paying off.
25. Josh Ravin, RHP
Age: 29 (DOB 01/21/1988) Preseason #21
If the Dodgers ever give Ravin a shot to pitch consistently in the big leagues, maybe he’ll reach his potential as a high leverage power reliever. Unfortunately, the team is so deep, I’m not sure he will ever see a fair shot in LA.
26. Cristian Santana, 3B
Age 20 (DOB 02/24/1997) Preseason unranked
Santana has burst onto the prospect this season after receiving a promotion to A ball after a hot start in the rookie league. He’s showing more athletic ability than anything at this point and must improve on pitch selection. 9 HR’s to go along with a .431 OBP is impressive, even in a small sample size, nonetheless.
27. Jacob Rhame, RHP
Age: 24 (DOB 03/16/1993) Preseason #27
Rhame has had a solid season thus far, improving on his control. He should be a nice 7th or 8th inning guy with his 98 MPH fastball once he gets a shot.
28. Yaisel Sierra, RHP
Age: 26 (DOB 06/05/1991) Preseason #35
The best possible thing the Dodgers could have done for Sierra and the organization is convert him to a reliever, so naturally that’s what they did. His stuff has ticked up and he is striking guys out at a nice rate. We should see him sometime in 2018 and maybe even September of this year.
29. Errol Robinson, SS
Age: 22 (DOB 10/01/1994) Preseason #46
Robinson has surprised many, including myself, with his improved power numbers. By no means is he going to be even a 15 HR guy in the pros, but he is showing enough to be a big league regular at some point. The speed and defense will play well for him.
30. Luke Raley, OF
Age:22 (DOB 09/19/1994) Preseason unranked
Raley, drafted in the 7th round of 2016, has shown nice on base skills since making his debut. This season, the power numbers are starting to show. He could see himself being a steady contributor to a big league team if he continues on this path.
31. Erick Mejia, SS
Age: 22 (DOB 11/09/1994) Preseason #42
.276/.340/.382, with good speed and defense.
32. James Marinan, RHP
Age:18 (DOB 10/10/1998) Preseason unranked
2017 4th round draftee, pitching in rookie league
33. Jacob Scavuzzo, OF
Age: 23 (DOB 01/15/1994) Preseason #24
An ugly .240/.276/.461 line, but I still believe in the tools.
34. Johan Mieses, OF
Age: 22 (DOB 07/13/1995) Preseason #28
Mashed in A ball (.353/.411.707), has since struggled after AA promotion (.133/.222/.301)
35. Carlos Rincon, OF
Age: 19 (DOB 10/04/1997) Preseason #45
Very similar to Mieses, showing a ton of power potential. Struggles to make consistent contact.
36. Imani Abdullah, RHP
Age: 20 (DOB 04/20/1997) Preseason #30
Injury has limited him to only 12 IP this season, not ideal.
37. Ariel Sandoval, OF
Age: 21 (DOB 11/06/1995) Preseason #32
Slow start, but heating up with 5 HR’s in his last 10 games. Love his athletic potential.
38. Andre Scrubb, RHP
Age: 22 (DOB 01/13/1995) Preseason #47
Still walking too many, but can’t look past that .146 BAA.
39. Scott Barlow, RHP
Age: 24 (DOB 12/18/1992) Preseason #49
Massive struggles after promotion to AAA, but AA looked great (96 K’s/81 IP, .165 BAA, .96 WHIP). Could be an MLB reliever.
40. Connor Wong, C
Age:21 (DOB 05/19/1996) Preseason unranked
Hasn’t impressed in a short pro career, but he fits the Austin Barnes mold.
41. Jose Miguel Fernandez, 2B
Age:29 (DOB 04/27/1988) Preseason unranked
Older for a prospect after defecting from Cuba, but putting together a nice season. Good power numbers, while showing ability to get on base.
42. Henry Ramos, OF
Age:25 (DOB 04/15/1992) Preseason unranked
Seemingly came out of nowhere when he showed up and had a nice MLB spring training with the big club. Recently came back and continuing to rake.
43. Wilmer Font, RHP
Age:27 (DOB 05/24/1990) Preseason unranked
He has bounced around in his career a bit, but you can’t ignore his 160 K’s in 120 IP in AAA.
44. Drew Jackson, SS
Age:24 (DOB 07/28/1993) Preseason unranked
Another SS acquired from Seattle. Already showing increase in OBP and power numbers after joining Dodgers organization.
45. Mitchell Hansen, OF
Age: 21 (DOB 05/01/1996) Preseason #16
STILL struggling to make contact, but I still believe in the tools….for now.
46. Josh Sborz, RHP
Age: 23 (DOB 12/17/1993) Preseason #22
STILL struggling as a starting pitcher. Dodgers need to move him to the bullpen to see if he has anything left.
47. Kyle Garlick, OF
Age: 25 (DOB 01/26/1992) Preseason #38
It feels like he’s the next Kyle Farmer (as a AAAA type player). He may get a shot at some point, but probably not.
48. Brandon Montgomery, 2B
Age: 21 (DOB 02/12/1996) Preseason #41
He could be a useful utility man in the MLB. He has regressed a bit this season.
49. Tim Locastro, SS
Age: 25 (DOB 07/14/1992) Preseason #48
Not the most exciting player, but he’s the type of guy that is almost sure to get a shot on an MLB roster somewhere.
50. Ronny Brito, SS
Age: 18 (DOB 03/22/1999) Preseason #40
Great glove, good speed, but will he ever hit enough to be a major contributor?