2019 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: 50-41

Leo Crawford (Photo: Stacie Wheeler)

Sorry for the delay. Here’s the second entry to the Top 100 Dodger prospects for 2019. This is a little different than I had intended, so there will be another post just like this looking at prospects 40-31 tomorrow.

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Previously

I’ve included Future Value (FV) grades and risks for the Top 50 prospects. For example, if a guy gets a “50 low,” he has a really good chance to be an average player at his position. If a guy gets a “55 high,” there’s a good chance he won’t reach that ceiling, but the potential is there. The grades are 20-80 (50 is average), and the risks are as follows:

  • Low: Players who are usually older, have debuted, are relievers and/or have higher floors than ceilings
  • Medium: Players who are a mix of younger and older, usually have higher floors
  • High: Players who are usually younger with potential, but also question marks
  • Extreme: Players who are younger with star potential, but a ton of question marks

This is to show what value a player might provide at the MLB level. The higher the risk, the less likely a player will reach that ceiling.

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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.

Other notes: “Role” is a realistic future role (slightly optimistic in some cases). Age is the 2019 season age for the player (June 30 is the cutoff date).

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50. RHP Shea Spitzbarth

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
6’0 197 24 Fastball Undrafted FA ’15 6th/7th inning Triple-A Oklahoma City 2019

Strengths

  • Solid command/control profile
  • Misses MiLB bats
  • Fungible

Weaknesses

  • No true out pitch
  • Home run prone
  • Limited ceiling
Tools Now Future
Fastball 45 45
Curveball 50 50
Changeup 40 45
Cmd/Ctrl 45 50
Delivery 50 50
FV/Risk 40 Low

49. LHP Leo Crawford

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
6’0 180 22 Changeup IFA: Nicaragua, July ’14 No. 5 SP/swing Double-A Tulsa 2020

Strengths

  • Limits home runs
  • Flashes plus-changeup
  • Fared well in hitter-friendly league

Weaknesses

  • Fringe fastball velo
  • Slurve needs refinement
  • Limited ceiling
Tools Now Future
Fastball 45 45
Slurve 40 45
Changeup 50 55
Cmd/Ctrl 45 50
Delivery 45 50
FV/Risk 45 Medium

48. CF Brayan Morales

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
6’1 170 23 Speed 15th round, ’16 4th OF High-A Rancho Cucamonga 2022

Strengths

  • Blazing speed (in field and on bases)
  • Legit center fielder
  • Athletic

Weaknesses

  • Contact issues
  • Little power
  • Struggles vs. LHP
Tools Now Future
Hit 30 45
Power 25 30
Speed 70 70
Defense 50 60
Arm 45 50
FV/Risk 45 High

47. LHP Adam McCreery

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
6’9 250 26 Fastball Trade w/ ATL, Nov. ’18 MR/LH specialist Triple-A Oklahoma City/LA 2018

Strengths

  • Heavy, sinking fastball
  • Allowed 2 HR in 189 2/3 MiLB innings
  • Misses bats

Weaknesses

  • Command/control is poor
  • Non-existent changeup
  • Less effective vs. RHH
Tools Now Future
Fastball 55 55
Slider 45 50
Changeup 20 30
Cmd/Ctrl 35 40
Delivery 35 45
FV/Risk 45 High

46. RHP Nolan Long

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
6’9 259 25 Fastball 16th round, ’15 6th/7th inning Double-A Tulsa 2020

Strengths

  • Slight uptick in fastball velo (tops out in low-90s)
  • Breaking ball flashes above-average
  • Limits home runs

Weaknesses

  • Command/control needs improvement
  • Lacking third pitch
  • No projection remaining
Tools Now Future
Fastball 45 50
Slider 45 50
Changeup 25 40
Cmd/Ctrl 40 45
Delivery 40 45
FV/Risk 45 High

45. RHP Jose Chacin

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
6’5 184 22 Slider IFA: Venezuela, Sept. ’15 Back-end SP High-A Rancho Cucamonga 2021

Strengths

  • Swing-and-miss slider
  • Projectable frame
  • Pitchability

Weaknesses

  • Fringe fastball velo (tops out 92 MPH)
  • Changeup needs refinement
  • Lack of experience vs. advanced hitters
Tools Now Future
Fastball 35 45
Slider 40 55
Changeup 30 45
Cmd/Ctrl 45 55
Delivery 45 50
FV/Risk 45 High

44. RHP Guillermo Zuniga

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
6’5 230 20 Fastball IFA: Colombia, Dec. ’17 No. 3/4 SP Low-A Great Lakes 2022

Strengths

  • Good mechanics, loose delivery, big frame
  • Fastball movement (sink)
  • Changeup could be out pitch

Weaknesses

  • Fringe fastball velo (89-91 MPH; but more there)
  • Inconsistent slider
  • Present command/control lacking
Tools Now Future
Fastball 40 50
Slider 30 45
Changeup 40 55
Cmd/Ctrl 35 45
Delivery 45 55
FV/Risk 50 Extreme

43. OF Donovan Casey

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
6’2 190 23 Arm 20th round, ’17 4th OF Double-A Tulsa 2021

Strengths

  • Plus-plus athleticism
  • Plenty of arm for RF
  • Bat speed

Weaknesses

  • Doesn’t use speed well on base paths
  • Fringe power
  • Contact issues
Tools Now Future
Hit 35 45
Power 35 45
Speed 50 55
Defense 45 50
Arm 50 60
FV/Risk 45 High

42. 3B Jefrey Souffront

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
6’0 210 22 Hit IFA: Dominican, July ’15 Utility IF Low-A Great Lakes 2022

Strengths

  • Chance for good contact numbers
  • Experience at all infield positions
  • Limits swing-and-miss

Weaknesses

  • Lacking power
  • Never played full-season ball
  • Physically maxed out
Tools Now Future
Hit 40 50
Power 30 40
Speed 40 45
Defense 40 50
Arm 45 50
FV/Risk 45 High

41. LHP Darien Nunez

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
6’2 205 26 Fastball IFA: Cuba, April ’18 7th/8th inning High-A Rancho Cucamonga 2020

Strengths

  • Solid FB velo from left side (90-92 MPH, t95)
  • Good curveball
  • Could move quickly

Weaknesses

  • Command/control needs refinement
  • Little projection
  • Fringy changeup
Tools Now Future
Fastball 45 55
Curveball 45 50
Changeup 35 45
Cmd/Ctrl 40 50
Delivery 45 50
FV/Risk 50 High

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Next Up: Prospects 40-31

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.