2018 Dodgers Digest All-Prospect Team

Alex Verdugo, included in this article for hopefully the last time. (Photo: Stacie Wheeler)

This is one of my favorite exercises when it comes to prospecting. This is my Dodgers All-Prospect Team. There’s a lot of talent listed below.

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Here are my All-Prospect teams from the last six years:

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This team is based on 2018 minor-league performance and not necessarily a reflection of where they rank within the system, but age and competition level is also taken into account.

2018 Los Angeles Dodgers All-Prospect 1st Team

Catcher: Keibert Ruiz, 19, Double-A Tulsa
.268/.328/.401, 12 HR, 47 RBI, 14 2B, 6.3 BB%

On the whole, it wasn’t an overly impressive season for Ruiz. But keeping in mind he was playing in Double-A at age 19, the stat line isn’t too bad. His second-half performance was encouraging, as he hit .310/.357/.421 in 140 plate appearances. And he has carried that into the first five games of Texas League playoffs (9-for-22, 1 HR, 1 K). He could take off in a big way in 2019.

First Base: Connor Joe, 25, Double-A Tulsa/Triple-A Oklahoma City
.299/.408/.527, 17 HR, 55 RBI, 26 2B, 13.8 BB%

Joe was an unheralded trade acquisition last September, and his first year in the Dodgers’ organization was Max Muncy-like. The corner infielder hit well in Tulsa and earned a midseason promotion to OKC and continued to hit there. He has shown good plate discipline, power and the ability to limit strikeouts. He could see time in the majors next season as he’ll need to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft, if that’s something the Dodgers want to do.

Second Base: Drew Jackson, 24, Double-A Tulsa
.251/.356/.447, 15 HR, 46 RBI, 20 2B, 11.0 BB%

Jackson had a breakout seasons of sorts in the Dodgers’ system. The uber-athletic middle infielder showed some added power in his second season in the system while playing against advanced competition. Like Joe, he’s Rule 5-eligible this winter, and his performance this season could land him a spot on the 40-man roster.

Third Base: Rylan Bannon, 22, High-A Rancho Cucamonga
.296/.402/.559, 20 HR, 61 RBI, 17 2B, 14.6 BB% (Stats In Dodgers System)

Bannon ended up winning the California League MVP despite being traded at the MLB All-Star break. He was having a tremendous season for Rancho before the trade to Baltimore for Manny Machado. Since the trade, he hit just .204/.344/.327 for Double-A Bowie, so he’ll have to re-establish his prospect status for the Orioles next year.

Shortstop: Gavin Lux, 20, High-A Rancho Cucamonga/Double-A Tulsa
.324/.399/.514, 15 HR, 57 RBI, 27 2B, 10.9 BB%

Lux was our MiLB Player of the Year, and you can see why with the above stat line. He OPS’d better than .900 and looked every bit the 1st-round draft pick he was just a couple years ago. He made it to Double-A in his age-20 season and continued to produce. He’s a legitimate Top 100 prospect and could challenge for the Top 50 on some lists.

Left Field: Yusniel Diaz, 21, Double-A Tulsa
.314/.428/.477, 6 HR, 30 RBI, 10 2B, 15.5 BB% (Stats In Dodgers System)

Diaz was the biggest piece to go to Baltimore in the Machado deal. Before he was moved, he was my No. 2 prospect in the org. It was tough to lose him because he was in the midst of a breakout season (predicted by yours truly). Like Bannon, Diaz struggled a bit in his first taste of Eastern League ball for Bowie, but he’s still a premium prospect and did enough to take this spot.

Center Field: Alex Verdugo, 22, Triple-A Oklahoma City
.329/.391/.472, 10 HR, 44 RBI, 19 2B, 9.0 BB% (Stats In AAA)

The system’s No. 1 prospect, Verdugo showed a bit more power this season while controlling the strike zone better than almost any hitter in the system. Hopefully this is the last time he’s eligible for this squad because he has nothing left to prove in the minors. He’s a premium prospect and should see plenty of time in the majors next season — with or without LA.

Right Field: Cody Thomas, 23, High-A Rancho Cucamonga
.285/.355/.497, 19 HR, 87 RBI, 35 2B, 8.6 BB%

Thomas is a bit old for such a raw prospect, but being a two-sport star in college will do that to a player. He enjoyed a solid season for the Quakes, and his second-half performance was encouraging. He reduced his strikeout rate by 6 points from July through the end of the season while also improving his level of offensive production. He still has some issues, but he could be a breakout prospect come next season.

Starting Pitcher 1: Tony Gonsolin, 24, High-A Rancho Cucamonga/Double-A Tulsa
2.60 ERA, 2.93 (A+)/3.27 (AA) FIP, 1.14 WHIP, 8.0 BB%, 29.4 K%

Gonsolin was the best and most consistent pitcher in the Dodgers’ minor-league system this season. With the move from the bullpen to the rotation, there were questions about how he would handle it. Well, he passed the test. He got the midseason promotion to Double-A and continued to pitch well there. He could see LA as early as next season.

Starting Pitcher 2: Dean Kremer, 22, High-A Rancho Cucamonga/Double-A Tulsa
3.30 ERA, 3.09 (A+)/1.59 (AA) FIP, 1.15 WHIP, 8.3 BB%, 36.0 K% (stats with Dodgers)

Kremer was tracking to be the org MiLB Pitcher of the Year before he got traded to the Orioles. He had an incredible season after pitching mostly out of the bullpen last season. His future is bright in either the rotation or bullpen.

Starting Pitcher 3: Dustin May, 20, High-A Rancho Cucamonga/Double-A Tulsa
3.39 ERA, 3.80 (A+)/3.22 (AA) FIP, 1.43 WHIP, 5.6 BB%, 18.4 K%

May pitched well for most of the season. Some fatigue got to him late, but he still had a solid performance. His strikeout numbers dipped a bit, but I’m going to chalk it up to the workload and facing older competition in Double-A as a 20-year-old. With a strong 2019, he could be one of the best prospects in the system prior to 2020.

Starting Pitcher 4: Edwin Uceta, 20, Low-A Great Lakes/High-A Rancho Cucamonga
3.89 ERA, 3.46 (A)/7.19(A+) FIP, 1.22 WHIP, 7.8 BB%, 26.1 K%

Uceta threw nearly 100 innings with Great Lakes and was really good. He missed bats, limited walks and kept the ball in the yard. He earned a late-season promotion to Rancho Cucamonga where things didn’t go nearly as well (7 home runs allowed in 20 2/3 innings), but the 20-year-old made some waves in his first full season. He’s not a physically imposing guy, but the results have been there so far. He’ll be a guy to watch in 2019.

Starting Pitcher 5: Jose Chacin, 21, Rookie Ogden/Low-A Great Lakes
3.35 ERA, 3.87 (R)/3.97 (A) FIP, 1.43 WHIP, 5.6 BB%, 18.4 K%

Chacin almost hit 100 innings in his third pro season after spending his first two seasons in complex ball. His calling card is his command/control, which is among the best in the system. It might be a bit too good as he allows a lot of hits and doesn’t miss as many bats as some of his counterparts. But he’s a quality pitching prospect who should continue to improve as he climbs the ladder.

Relief Pitcher 1: Marshall Kasowski, 23, Low-A Great Lakes/High-A Rancho Cucamonga/Double-A Tulsa
5 SV, 2.09 ERA, 2.37 (A)/2.24 (A+)/4.76 (AA) FIP, 1.05 WHIP, 14.6 BB%, 42.5 K%

The 2017 13th-rounder made his name known with dominant performances in A-ball. He struck out 93 hitters before getting a promotion to Double-A. Two of his four home runs allowed came in Double-A, but he still missed bats with the Drillers (34 K%). He’s a bit wild, but he has solid stuff and is easily the Dodgers’ best relief prospect.

Relief Pitcher 2: Andre Scrubb, 23, Low-A Great Lakes/High-A Rancho Cucamonga/Double-A Tulsa
5 SV, 2.86 ERA, 4.32 (A)/3.04 (A+)/2.92 (AA) FIP, 1.25 WHIP, 11.8 BB%, 26.6 K%

Scrubb enjoyed a solid season that saw him make the Midwest League All-Star team. He was promoted to Rancho and pitched better with the Quakes (0.38 ERA) than he did with the Loons (5.10 ERA). He’s a little wild, but he does have good stuff that should induce strikeouts.

Relief Pitcher 3: Parker Curry, 24, Low-A Great Lakes/High-A Rancho Cucamonga
1 SV, 4.19 ERA, 3.22 (A+)/7.86 (AA) FIP, 1.39 WHIP, 7.8 BB%, 25.2 K%

Curry had an almost even split between relief innings (49) and starter innings (46 1/3), and he fared much better as a reliever (3.31 ERA, 32.4 K%, 0.55 HR/9) than he did as a starter (5.05 ERA, 18.0 K%, 1.94 HR/9). His stuff plays up out of the bullpen and he’ll probably stick there from now on. He could move quickly next year if he handles Double-A well enough.

Relief Pitcher 4: Josh Sborz, 24, Double-A Tulsa/Triple-A Oklahoma City
6 SV, 3.88 ERA, 3.75 (A)/3.48 (A+) FIP, 1.29 WHIP, 8.9 BB%, 31.5 K%

Sborz had about a 2/1 split between Triple-A and Double-A workload, and he had his strikeout stuff at both levels. He pitched exclusively out of the bullpen this season after pitching exclusively as a starter last season. This is his ultimate home and is Rule 5-eligible, so the Dodgers will have to add him to the 40-man roster if they don’t want to risk losing him.

Relief Pitcher 5: Dan Jagiello, 23, Low-A Great Lakes/High-A Rancho Cucamonga
4 SV, 3.14 ERA, 3.14 (A)/5.33 (A+) FIP, 1.20 WHIP, 14.8 BB%, 30.4 K%

Jagiello showed he can strike hitters out, but he also showed his command/control still needs a lot of work. Still, there’s some good upside in his arm and could be an interesting relief prospect to monitor over the next couple of seasons.

2018 Dodgers Digest All-Prospect 2nd Team

Name Position
Will Smith C
Jared Walker 1B
Omar Estevez 2B
Miguel Vargas 3B
Jacob Amaya SS
Jacob Scavuzzo LF
Henry Ramos CF
Carlos Rincon RF
Gerardo Carrillo SP 6
Mitchell White SP 7
Leo Crawford SP 8
Ben Holmes SP 9
Isaac Anderson SP 10
Nolan Long RP 6
Joe Broussard RP 7
Logan Salow RP 8
Darien Nunez RP 9
Elio Serrano RP 10

Notes about the second team:

  • Smith had the 1st team locked up until a poor showing in Triple-A
  • Estevez had a great second half for Rancho (.331/.402/.531)
  • Amaya displayed great plate discipline in his first taste of full-season ball
  • Vargas is one of my favorite prospects in the system; he has a high ceiling
  • Scavuzzo had a resurgent season to improve his prospect status
  • Rincon destroyed Cal League pitching (.327/.427/.818) after struggling in the Midwest League (.226/.331/.358)
  • Carrillo doesn’t miss a lot of bats, but he’s young (19) and has some sneaky upside
  • White had a strong close to the season after struggling mightily early on
  • Salow, acquired in April from Oakland, could be more than just a lefty specialist
  • Nunez, signed in April, showed great stuff, but he’s 25 and didn’t pitch above Low-A
  • Holmes, Long and Walker are all going to the Arizona Fall League

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This is probably the last prospect-heavy post until the 2019 Top 100 kicks off in January. The state of the system is still pretty strong, but there are going to have to be some players who need to step up if the Dodgers want to maintain a Top 10 farm system.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.