2020 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: 100-51

Yadier Alvarez (Photo: Stacie Wheeler)

Here is the first in a series of seven posts with our 2020 Top 100 Dodgers prospect rankings. There will be some recognizable names, but there will also be some names you don’t recognize. Hell, I barely recognized some of them.

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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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RankNamePositionAgeBest ToolHeightWeightETA
100Luis Carlos DiazOF20Hit6’11552024
99Jacob GillilandRHP20Fastball6’21802023
98Heisell BaroRHP18Fastball6’11852025
97Marco HernandezC22Defense6’21702022
96Juan MorilloRHP21Fastball6’11502024
95Luis IzturisSS18Defense5’101552025
94Logan BoyerRHP22Slider6’32152023
93Axel AcevedoRHP19Fastball6’21702024
92Jose RamosCF19Speed5’111502024
91Nick RobertsonRHP21Fastball6’62652022

Notes

  • Gilliland was a 32nd-rounder in 2018 who has a clean delivery and projection.
  • Izturis is the nephew of former Dodger Cesar Izturis and former Angel Maicer Izturis.
  • Boyer was an overslot ($300,000) 11th-rounder in 2019 who didn’t pitch but has a live arm.
  • Ramos was dubbed a sleeper by Baseball America when he signed in 2018-19.
  • Robertson was a 2019 7th-rounder who had a solid, yet limited, pro debut (1.65 ERA, 23:1 K:BB ratio, 16 1/3 IP).
RankNamePositionAgeBest ToolHeightWeightETA
90Max GamboaRHP24Fastball6’51902021
89Juan De la CruzRHP19Fastball5’111602024
88Jeff BelgeLHP22Fastball6’52252022
87Yeiner FernandezC17Hit5’91802025
86Kevin MalisheskiRHP22Fastball6’32002023
85Wills MontgomerieRHP25Fastball6’32252021
84Adolfo RamirezRHP21Fastball6’01652024
83Mitchell TyranskiLHP22Curveball6’22152021
82Alec GamboaLHP23Slider6’12052021
81Orlandy NavarroRHP21Fastball6’21902023

Notes

  • Gamoba has a lively arm (mid-90s) and has the ability to rack up big strikeout numbers, but he’s also a bit wild.
  • Belge was a 2019 18th-rounder who may have been drafted higher in 2018, but had a strong pro debut (1.16 ERA, 17.4 K-BB%).
  • Fernandez, an offensive-minded catcher, was the Dodgers’ more notable signings of the 2019-20 period.
  • Ramirez has a 4-pitch mix (low-90s FB, CB, SLD, CHG) who is a pitchability guy
  • Tyranski, a 12th-rounder in ’19, posted a ridiculous 40:3 K:BB ratio in his pro debut.
  • Gamoba, a 9th-rounder in ’19, had a strong debut (33:2 K:BB) and could move quickly.
RankNamePositionAgeBest ToolHeightWeightETA
80Jose MartinezRHP21Fastball6’01942022
79Joel IbarraSS17Defense6’01702025
78Aldrich De JonghOF21Speed5’81672023
77Julian SmithLHP23Fastball6’41922023
76Zach WillemanRHP24Fastball6’22172022
75Jose RodulfoRHP19Fastball6’02152024
74Justin BruihlLHP23Fastball6’22152021
73Jorbit Vivas2B19Hit5’101552024
72Nolan LongRHP25Fastball6’92592021
71Connor Joe1B/LF27Hit6’02052019

Notes

  • Ibarra had a rough debut, but he’s super young and very toolsy.
  • Smith finally debuted after being drafted in the 15th round in 2018. He has premium stuff, but will need to stay healthy to harness it.
  • Willeman was a bit of a popup prospect for folks last year after his fastball velo jumped to the mid-90s. It regressed to the low-90s and probably has cemented him as a reliever.
  • Vivas was an international signee ($300,000) during the 2017-18 period who made it stateside for the first time and hit well (.327/.410/.472).
  • Joe was Rule 5’d last year by the Giants before they ended up returning him to the Dodgers. He can hit minor-league pitching, but he might be a Quad-A guy at this point.
RankNamePositionAgeBest ToolHeightWeightETA
70Carlos RinconOF22Power6’22152021
69Justin Yurchak1B23Hit6’12042022
68Aaron OchsenbeinRHP24Fastball6’32252021
67Shea SpitzbarthRHP25Fastball6’01972020
66Carlos DuranRHP18Sinker6’72312024
65Errol RobinsonSS/2B25Defense5’91792020
64Yadier AlvarezRHP24Fastball6’31862021
63James OutmanOF23Defense6’22052022
62Stephen KolekRHP23Fastball6’32172023
61Kyle GarlickOF28Hit6’12102019

Notes

  • Ochsenbein was a 2019 6th-rounder who could move quickly as a reliever thanks to a fastball-splitter-slider repertoire.
  • Duran is a large adult son who may struggle at the more advanced levels of the minors unless he develops a better out pitch. Still, his sinker is strong.
  • Robinson’s glove will only be able to take him so far. His ceiling is of a glove-first utility man.
  • Alvarez … how the mighty have fallen. He was added to the 40-man roster last winter, but he spent most of the season on the restricted list.
  • Kolek had a solid showing as a former 11th-rounder with Great Lakes. He kept the ball in the park and ate some innings.
  • Garlick debuted in 2019 and could be a right-handed option off a bench — the Dodgers or otherwise — going forward.
RankNamePositionAgeBest ToolHeightWeightETA
60Jack LittleRHP22Slider6’41902022
59Yunior GarciaOF18Hit6’01992024
58Sauryn Lao3B/1B20Hit6’21912023
57Braydon FisherRHP19Fastball6’41802024
56Eddys LeonardSS/2B19Hit6’01582024
55Jeronimo CastroRHP23Fastball6’42002022
54Leo CrawfordLHP23Changeup6’01802021
53Logan SalowLHP25Slider6’11852021
52Donovan CaseyOF24Arm6’21902021
51Osvanni GutierrezRHP18Fastball6’11702024

Notes

  • Little, the Dodgers’ 5th-rounder in 2019, was predominantly a reliever in college, but the Dodgers are going to try him as a starter. Hopefully it goes better than the last time they did that with a Stanford pitcher (Chris Reed).
  • Fisher, the Dodgers’ 4th-rounder in 2018, is coming back from Tommy John surgery, so 2020 will be an important year for his development.
  • Castro came on strong last season and pitched surprisingly well in the Pioneer League.
  • Crawford, despite flashy stuff, has gotten better as a prospect. He’ll get a chance to show what he can do with Tulsa this year.
  • Salow, despite being on the older side, has a chance to be a solid lefty reliever going forward thanks to a spinning slider.
  • Gutierrez signed for $600,000 last signing period and had a solid pro debut. He could jump in these next couple years.

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Next Up: Prospects 50-41

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.