2019 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: 100-51

Zach Reks (Photo: Stacie Wheeler)

Here’s the first set of rankings for 2019. There are some familiar names, some names you’ve never heard of and potentially some guys who could move up with strong 2019 performances.

There are some guys who are in either make-or-break seasons or seasons when they just need to play. There are definitely some sleepers in this group, and also some really young players.

Odds are, most of these guys won’t be heard from much outside of this list. That’s the life of a baseball prospect. There could be guys who make noise, and that’s what’s always most fun about these lists.

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Previously

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Editor’s Note: I am not a scout (#notascout). I am an amateur when it comes to evaluating players. I don’t claim to be a pro, I just want to pass along the information I observe/obtain to the people. Notes and comments are based on personal observation, talking to sources, reading scouting reports and watching video. For future entries in this series: All ratings in the charts below are on the standard 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 is roughly average, 80 is elite and nearly unattainable and 20 is unacceptably poor. Enjoy.

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Rank Name Position Age Best Tool Height Weight ETA
100 Osvanni Gutierrez RHP 17 Fastball 6’1 170 2024
99 Alfredo Tavarez RHP 21 Cmd/Ctrl 6’5 250 2022
98 Aldrich De Jongh OF 20 Speed 5’8 167 2023
97 Carlos Duran RHP 17 Cmd/Ctrl 6’7 231 2024
96 Jair Camargo C 19 C 5’10 219 2023
95 Dan Robinson OF 22 Hit 6’2 216 2022
94 Preston Grand Pre SS 23 Arm 6’4 175 2022
93 Justin Yurchak 3B 22 Defense 6’1 204 2023
92 Jose Martinez RHP 20 Fastball 6’0 193 2024
91 Rolando Lebron CF 21 Speed 5’9 170 2023

Notes

  • Gutierrez was signed in October for $600,000; already up to 93 MPH as a 17-year-old
  • Tavarez is a large adult who will face a test in Rancho Cucamonga
  • Grand Pre has been limited to just 26 games in two seasons, but is extremely toolsy
  • Yurchak was acquired on Nov. 1 for Manny Banuelos
  • Lebron could move up if he proves he’s more than just a complex ball guy
Rank Name Position Age Best Tool Height Weight ETA
90 Jesen Therrien RHP 26 Slider 6’2 200 2017
89 Devin Mann 2B/3B 21 Hit 6’3 202 2022
88 Jaime Schultz RHP 28 Fastball 5’10 200 2018
87 Zach Willeman RHP 23 Fastball 6’2 217 2022
86 Zach Reks OF 25 Hit 6’2 190 2020
85 Yaisel Sierra RHP 27 Fastball 6’1 170 2019?
84 Stephen Kolek RHP 22 Fastball 6’3 217 2023
83 Luis Carlos Diaz OF 19 Hit 6’1 155 2024
82 Aldry Acosta RHP 21 Changeup 6’4 205 2022
81 Romer Cuadrado OF/1B 21 Arm 6’4 205 2023

Notes

  • Therrien is in the second year of a 2-year minor-league deal signed last winter; coming back from Tommy John surgery
  • Mann was the Dodgers’ 5th-round pick in ’18; scouting reports don’t match production
  • Schultz was acquired from Tampa Bay on Jan. 8 for RHP Caleb Sampen
  •  Willeman is also coming back from TJ; has been up to 99 MPH since returning
  • Sierra didn’t pitch in ’18 because of shoulder issues; half-way through original 6-year, $30 million deal
  • Acosta has a 3-pitch mix: fastball in the low-90s, mid-70s curveball and mid-80s changeup
  • Cuadrado showed his 2017 production was due to the Pioneer League after struggling in the Midwest League
Rank Name Position Age Best Tool Height Weight ETA
80 Marco Hernandez C 21 Defense 6’2 197 2022
79 Orlandy Navarro RHP 20 Fastball 6’2 190 2023
78 Andy Pages OF 18 Power 6’1 214 2024
77 Eddys Leonard SS 18 Hit 6’0 158 2024
76 Andre Jackson RHP 23 Fastball 6’1 200 2022
75 Joan Valdez RHP 20 Fastball 6’4 190 2023
74 Kenneth Betancourt IF 19 Speed 5’8 155 2023
73 Jose Hernandez LHP 21 Fastball 6’3 170 2023
72 Nathan Witt RHP 23 Fastball 6’2 213 2022
71 Jake Peter 2B 26 Hit 6’1 185 2019

Notes

  • Navarro has a fastball up to 93 MPH with good spin, mediocre breaking pitch, non-existent changeup
  • Pages hit 10 home runs in the Dominican Summer League, a league notorious for not a lot of home runs
  • Leonard had a good pro debut and could move up this list if he performs stateside
  • Valdez has a projectable frame, but needs to show he can handle advanced competition
  • Betancourt is an interesting utility player with a decent bat and quickness
  • Witt hasn’t pitched much, but if he ever stays healthy, he could move quickly
Rank Name Position Age Best Tool Height Weight ETA
70 Elio Serrano RHP 20 Fastball 5’11 160 2022
69 Yunior Garcia CF 17 Hit 6’0 199 2024
68 Julian Smith LHP 22 Fastball 6’4 192 2022
67 Jose Rodulfo RHP 18 Fastball 6’0 215 2024
66 Marcus Chiu 2B/3B 22 Hit 6’1 200 2022
65 Max Gamboa RHP 23 Fastball 6’4 180 2022
64 Logan Salow LHP 24 Slider 6’1 185 2021
63 Joe Broussard RHP 28 Fastball 6’1 240 2019
62 James Outman OF 22 Defense 6’2 205 2022
61 Bryan Warzek LHP 22 Fastball 6’0 205 2020

Notes

  • Garcia is a favorite of mine; had an impressive showing for a 16-year-old in the DSL
  • Smith was a nice get in the 15th round last year; could skip rookie ball all together; big-time sleeper with premium stuff
  • Gamboa might be a reliever, and his stuff should play up in that role
  • Salow was acquired from the A’s early last season; little old for A-ball, but could be more than just a LOOGY
  • Outman (2018 7th-rounder) might stick in center field; showed well after an 0-for-23 start to his pro career
  • Warzek (2018 6th-rounder) missed a ton of bats in his pro debut; could move quickly as a lefty specialist
Rank Name Position Age Best Tool Height Weight ETA
60 Morgan Cooper RHP 24 Fastball 6’4 207 2022
59 Joel Ibarra SS 16 Hit 6’0 176 2025
58 Niko Hulsizer OF 22 Power 6’3 223 2022
57 Wills Montgomerie RHP 24 Fastball 6’0 235 2021
56 Drew Finley RHP 22 Fastball 6’3 200 2022
55 Deacon Liput SS/2B 23 Defense 5’10 187 2021
54 Dan Jagiello RHP 24 Fastball 6’3 200 2021
53 Andre Scrubb RHP 24 Fastball 6’4 265 2020
52 Albert Suarez SS 19 Defense 5’11 150 2023
51 Sauryn Lao 3B/1B 19 Hit 6’2 191 2023

Notes

  • Cooper has yet to throw a professional pitch since being drafted (2nd round, 2017); has battled shoulder issues
  • Ibarra was signed last month and has loud tools
  • Hulsizer (2018 18th-rounder) has big-time power potential; will need to show outside hitter-friendly league
  • Finley was acquired in November; son of David, Dodgers’ VP of international scouting
  • Liput was drafted by LA in 2017 (29th round) and ’18 (9th round); signed as a senior and had a great pro debut with Great Lakes
  • Scrubb showed well in Arizona Fall League; has command/control issues, but has swing-and-miss stuff
  • Lao is still developing, but has a good frame and could stick at third base

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Next Up: Prospects 50-31

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.