2020 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: Introduction

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It’s prospect time! Hopefully this will help cure your offseason blues, which have included very little activity from the Dodgers and the cheating scandal that has, somehow, gotten worse.

This is the sixth straight year I’ve ranked 100 Dodger prospects, which I’m sure makes me insane.

Last year’s format went over pretty well, so I figure I’d do it again. It is as follows:

  • 100-51: List of players with best tool, 2020 location and estimated time of arrival in the majors, followed by notes on some of the notable ones
  • 50-31: List of players with strengths/weaknesses, scouting grades, 2020 location, ETA
  • 30-21: List of players with vitals, scouting grades, 2020 location and ETA in the majors, followed by notes on all 10
  • 20-11: Formal(ish) scouting reports, a la the last three years for the Top 10, with less summary
  • 10-1: Individual profiles with scouting grades, 2020 location, ETA and future role

You’ll be loving this reference when the Dodgers either trade their No. 84 prospect in a July for Luke Bard, or when the No. 68 prospect makes a meteoric rise through the system.

Following the Top 100, there will be some supplemental content including but not limited to “Best Tools,” “2023 Lineup” and more.

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Eligibility

All players who have not reached 50 innings pitched or 130 at-bats in the MLB, and have fewer than 45 days of pre-Sept. 1 service time in the MLB are eligible for this list. Ages are the league-age season for the player, i.e. “his age-23 season.”

Prospect System Grade

Impact Potential: B

This would be lower if Gavin Lux and/or Dustin May weren’t eligible, but they are, and they’re the clear top two prospects in the system. Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray make great strides after coming over from the Reds last winter, while international signees like Diego Cartaya and Luis Rodriguez have impact potential, but are extremely young.

Depth: B+

The depth is bit stronger than in years past. Adding Kody Hoese and Michael Busch — prospects with higher floors than ceilings — helps that, as well as having guys like Tony Gonsolin, DJ Peters and Edwin Rios. This could take a hit after some pending graduations, but there are some lower-level guys to watch going forward.

Overall: B

Like every year recently, there will have to be guys who take big jumps to replace the Luxs, Mays and, eventually, Downses and Grays on this list. Prospects like Jacob Amaya, Cartaya, Alex De Jesus, Michael Grove, Rodriguez, Miguel Vargas and more could be the next wave of impact prospects, but they’ll have to make big strides to get into that next tier.

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Here is how the Top 100 breaks down, by position.

PlayerPosition
C6
1B4
2B4
3B5
SS9
LF/RF12
CF2
RHSP28
LHSP4
RHRP19
LHRP7

Up Next: Prospects 100-51

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.