Los Angeles Dodgers: A Look at the Top Prospects
Once again this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have at least one player that is making an impact on the time that was in the minor leagues the season before. This is one of the reasons why Los Angeles has made it to the World Series in back-to-back season. They have also made it to the playoffs for the last six seasons.
The Dodgers are once again leading the NL West this season with a 36-18 record. They lead the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres by eight games in the NL West Standings.
I thought Los Angeles was going to struggle this season after they have lost the World Series the last two seasons, but the Los Angeles Dodgers have shown no signs of slowing down. Dave Roberts is a tremendous manager for this ball club and it is always the next man up mentality on this team.
Speaking of next man up, who will be the next prospects in the Dodgers system that will make an impact in the near future?
The top prospect in Los Angeles’s farm system is catcher Keibert Ruiz. He is projected to reach the majors next season. Ruiz is 20 years old and he is currently playing in Double-A with the Tulsa Drillers. Keibert Ruiz will most likely be the everyday catcher when he reaches the majors. Their current catcher in the majors right now is Russell Martin and he is 36 years old. Ruiz’s batting average so far this season is .285 with two home runs and 18 RBI’s. His on-base percentage is .358. It is also rare for a catcher to be a switch hitter.
The second best prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers system is shortstop/second baseman, Gavin Lux. Dave Roberts loves to be flexible with some of his players and Lux will be perfect for Dave Roberts’s team. Gavin Lux is projected to reach the majors in 2020. He is 21 years old. Gavin Lux is currently playing in Double-A. His batting average so far this season is .317 with 11 home runs and 28 RBI’s, along with three stolen bases. Lux’s on-base percentage is .373. He was a first-round pick in 2016. Gavin Lux has very good offensive instincts. He will most likely play more second base in the big leagues because of Corey Seager being the everyday shortstop.
The third best prospect in their farm system is right-handed pitcher Dustin May. He is 21 years old. May is also currently playing in Double-A and he is 21 years old. Dustin May was a third-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. The Dodgers are getting richer in the pitching department in the farm system. This is good news for them considering Clayton Kershaw is 31 years old and he is also injury prone.
May throws a fastball in the high 90s, but he still has some work to do on his secondary pitches. The potential is there. When those pitches start to click, he will be a very tough pitcher to hit against. Some of those secondary pitches include a curveball, a cutter, and a changeup. His record in the minors so far this season is 2-4 with a 3.83 ERA. In 49.1 innings pitched, May has given up 43 hits and 26 runs. He has also walked 15 batters and has struck out out 55.
The fourth best prospect in the Dodgers farm system is right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin. He is projected to reach the majors at some point this season and Gonsolin is currently playing in Triple-A with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. He is 25 years old. Gonsolin was drafted in the ninth-round in the 2016 MLB Draft. His record so far this season is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA. In 10 innings pitched, he has given up six hits and three runs. Tony Gonsolin has walked six batters and has struck out 12. He could be a starter in the majors, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the bullpen as well.
The fifth best prospect in Los Angeles’s farm system is catcher/ third baseman, Will Smith. He is 24 years old and he is currently playing in Triple-A. Smith is projected to reach the majors sometime this season. He was the 32nd overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. The Los Angeles Dodgers did an excellent job finding talent in that draft class. His batting average so far this season is .290 with eight home runs and 28 RBI’s, along with one stolen base. Will Smith’s on-base percentage is .404.
He has an excellent eye at the plate and this is one of the reasons why Smith is one of the top prospects in the farm system. He will most likely play catcher when he gets to the majors, but what is going to happen when top prospect Keibert Ruiz also gets to the major leagues? It is very possible one of those two players could be traded in order to get another quality player at the trade deadline this season.
The seventh-best prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system is shortstop/second baseman, Jeter Downs. He will most likely be another player in the farm system that could be potential trade bait because of how deep the farm system is. Downs is very versatile. He has pop in his game. Jeter Downs is currently playing in Advanced-A with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He is projected to reach the majors in 2021. His batting average so far this season is .249 with six home runs and 30 RBI’s, along with 10 stolen bases. Downs’s on-base percentage is .306.
The 10th best prospect in their farm system is outfielder DJ Peters. He is 23 years old and Peters is currently playing in Double-A. He is projected to reach the majors sometime this season. His batting average so far this season is .234 with six home runs and 24 RBI’s, along with one stolen base. DJ Peters’s on-base percentage is .313. He possesses a ton of power and Peters has mainly played in center field. Peters is an average outfielder and his ceiling might be no better than a third or a fourth outfielder. He was also a fourth-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.
The 15th best prospect in the farm system is outfielder Jeren Kendall. He is currently playing in High-A. Kendall is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. He is 23 years old and Jeren Kendall was a first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. He has only played in 15 games so far this season. His batting average is .176 with zero home runs and two RBI’s, along with six stolen bases.
Kendall has a ton of speed and he could potentially be a future leadoff hitter. His on-base percentage is .373. Having a very good eye at the plate is very critical in order for someone to have a long baseball career. His biggest flaw is hitting the baseball. If that doesn’t happen, it is very possible for Jeren Kendall not to reach the majors at all but if he does, it is very possible he will have a short major league career.
For more information on the Los Angeles Dodgers prospects, visit MLB.com and search top prospects.
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