2019 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: 40-31

Starling Heredia (Photo: Stacie Wheeler)

Here’s the third set of Top 100 Dodgers prospects rankings. The names are getting more and more familiar, with some former Top 30 guys included here.

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Previously

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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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40. OF Starling Heredia

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
5’11 245 20 Power IFA: Dominican, July ’15 4th OF/2nd-division starter Low-A Great Lakes 2022

Strengths

  • Plus-raw power
  • Surprisingly athletic for his frame
  • Good bat speed

Weaknesses

  • Lots of swing-and-miss
  • Sub-.600 OPS in 330 A-ball plate appearances
  • Conditioning
Tools Now Future
Hit 30 40
Power 40 55
Speed 50 45
Defense 45 50
Arm 45 45
FV/Risk 50 Extreme

39. RHP Melvin Jimenez

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
5’10 187 19 Fastball IFA: Dominican, Dec. ’15 Multi-or late-inning RP High-A Rancho Cucamonga 2021

Strengths

  • Legit fastball velo (93-95 MPH, t97)
  • Curveball has flashed plus
  • Quick arm

Weaknesses

  • Command/control inconsistent
  • Lacking consistent third- and fourth pitches
  • Slight frame
Tools Now Future
Fastball 40 60
Curevball 40 60
Slider 30 45
Changeup 30 40
Cmd/Ctrl 40 45
Delivery 45 50
FV/Risk 50 High

38. 3B Alex De Jesus

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
6’2 185 17 Power IFA: Dominican, July ’18 Above-avg starting 3B DSL Dodgers 2024

Strengths

  • Broad shoulders that could translate to plus-power
  • Projection remaining
  • Strong arm

Weaknesses

  • Raw
  • Inexperienced
  • Volatile, because he’s literally 16 (until March)
Tools Now Future
Hit 30 50
Power 30 55
Speed 40 45
Defense 40 50
Arm 45 55
FV/Risk 55 Extreme

37. RHP Braydon Fisher

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
6’4 180 18 Fastball 4th round, ’18 Mid-rotation SP Rookie Ogden 2023

Strengths

  • Good fastball velocity (low-90s) with a chance to add
  • Slider misses bats 
  • Projectable frame

Weaknesses

  • Changeup is lagging behind other pitches
  • Command/control needs work
  • Lacking experience
Tools Now Future
Fastball 45 60
Slider 40 55
Changeup 35 50
Cmd/Ctrl 35 50
Delivery 40 50
FV/Risk 55 Extreme

36. RHP Parker Curry

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
5’9 190 25 Changeup Undrafted FA, ’16 Multi-inning RP Double-A Tulsa 2020

Strengths

  • Fastball velo solid for size (low-90s, t94 MPH)
  • Changeup a real weapon vs. LHH
  • Quick arm gives life to fastball

Weaknesses

  • Home run prone
  • Command/control wavers
  • Reverse platoon splits
Tools Now Future
Fastball 45 50
Slider 40 45
Changeup 45 55
Cmd/Ctrl 40 45
Delivery 50 50
FV/Risk 45 High

35. SS/2B Errol Robinson

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
5’9 179 24 Defense 6th round, ’16 Utility infielder Triple-A Oklahoma City 2020

Strengths

  • One of the best infield defenders in the system
  • Above-average speed
  • High baseball IQ

Weaknesses

  • Very little in-game power (despite career-high 10 HR)
  • Limited ceiling
  • Struggles with premium stuff
Tools Now Future
Hit 40 45
Power 35 35
Speed 55 55
Defense 55 60
Arm 50 50
FV/Risk 40 Medium

34. RHP Jesus Vargas

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
6’3 187 20 Cmd/Ctrl IFA: Venezuela, Dec. ’14 No. 4/5 SP/MR High-A Rancho Cucamonga 2022

Strengths

  • Good movement on fastball (89-92 MPH, t96)
  • Advanced command/control
  • Projectable frame

Weaknesses

  • Off-speed pitches lacking
  • Fastball hasn’t ticked up yet
  • Too hittable at times
Tools Now Future
Fastball 45 50
Curveball 40 50
Changeup 35 45
Cmd/Ctrl 45 55
Delivery 45 55
FV/Risk 50 High

33. RHP Jerming Rosario

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
6’1 175 17 Arm IFA: Dominican, July ’18 Mid-rotation SP DSL Dodgers 2023

Strengths

  • Projectable frame
  • Fast arm action helps fastball play up (and could add velo in future)
  • Great makeup

Weaknesses

  • Lacking ideal size (still young)
  • Present fastball velo isn’t great (88-91 MPH)
  • Inconsistent curveball
Tools Now Future
Fastball 35 55
Curveball 30 45
Changeup 35 55
Cmd/Ctrl 40 55
Delivery 40 50
FV/Risk 55 Extreme

32. OF Carlos Rincon

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
6’2 215 21 Power IFA: Dominican, July ’15 4th OF/2nd division starter Double-A Tulsa 2021

Strengths

  • Great raw and in-game power
  • Solid frame
  • Strong arm

Weaknesses

  • Contact issues (but improving K rate)
  • Struggles against advanced pitching
  • Lacking in speed department
Tools Now Future
Hit 35 45
Power 45 60
Speed 40 40
Defense 40 50
Arm 50 55
FV/Risk 45 High

31. RHP Jordan Sheffield

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2019 Location ETA
5’11 184 24 Fastball 1st round (supp.), ’16 Multi- or late-inning RP Double-A Tulsa 2020

Strengths

  • Premium fastball velo (93-95 MPH, t-high-90s)
  • Swing-and-miss changeup
  • Could progress quickly after move to bullpen

Weaknesses

  • High-effort delivery
  • Missed time in ’18 with strained forearm
  • Command/control severely lagging
Tools Now Future
Fastball 45 60
Slider 40 45
Changeup 45 60
Cmd/Ctrl 40 45
Delivery 40 40
FV/Risk 50 High

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Next Up: Prospects 30-21

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.