2020 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: 50-41

Jeren Kendall (Photo: Stacie Wheeler)

We have reached the Top 50 in this prospect countdown. There will be some familiar names, as well as some unfamiliar names. A few of them weren’t even in last year’s Top 100.

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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 generally 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 2020 season age for the player (June 30 is the cutoff date).

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50. RHP Parker Curry

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
5’919026ChangeupUndrafted FA, ’16Multi-inning RPDouble-A Tulsa/Triple-A OKC2021

Strengths

  • Changeup is still his best pitch
  • Fastball plays up despite average velo
  • Improved command/control

Weaknesses

  • Lefties hurt him
  • Reliever profile
  • Durability concerns
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball4050
Slider4045
Changeup4555
Command/Control4045
Delivery4045
FV/Risk40Medium

49. CF Jeren Kendall

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’218224Speed1st round, 20174th/5th OFDouble-A Tulsa2022

Strengths

  • Premium athleticism
  • Great runner/defender
  • Sneaky power

Weaknesses

  • Hit tool well below-average
  • Swing is a mess
  • Getting late to turn it around
ToolPresentFuture
Hit3035
Power4050
Speed6565
Defense6565
Arm5050
FV/Risk45Extreme

48. C Hunter Feduccia

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’221523Hit12th round, ’18Backup catcherHigh-A Rancho/Double-A Tulsa2022

Strengths

  • Great plate discipline
  • Gap pop
  • Improved receiving

Weaknesses

  • Average (at best) arm strength
  • Lacking home run power
  • Limited ceiling
ToolPresentFuture
Hit4050
Power3545
Speed3025
Defense4050
Arm4550
FV/Risk45High

47. RHP Hyun-il Choi

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’220020FastballIFA: South Korea, ’19No. 4/5 SPRookie Ogden/Low-A Great Lakes2023

Strengths

  • Fastball is 90-92 MPH (up to 95 MPH) with movement
  • Advanced command/control
  • Deceptive delivery

Weaknesses

  • No true out pitch
  • Physically maxed out
  • Lacking premium velo
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball4055
Slider3550
Changeup4050
Command/Control4055
Delivery4050
FV/Risk50Extreme

46. 1B Dillon Paulson

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’320023Power13th round, ’18Platoon 1BHigh-A Rancho/Double-A Tulsa2022

Strengths

  • Plus-power potential
  • Advanced plate discipline
  • Makes loud contact

Weaknesses

  • Hit tool lacking
  • Defensively limited
  • Below-average runner
ToolPresentFuture
Hit4045
Power4555
Speed3025
Defense4045
Arm4045
FV/Risk45High

45. RHP Elio Serrano

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
5’1120021FastballIFA: Venezuela, ’15Back-end SP/Multi-inning RPHigh-A Rancho Cucamonga2023

Strengths

  • Pitchability
  • Did well in first stint as SP
  • Solid commnad/control

Weaknesses

  • Lacks premium stuff
  • Limited ceiling
  • Might ultimately be a reliever
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball4050
Slider3545
Changeup3045
Command/Control3550
Delivery3550
FV/Risk45High

44. LHP Darien Nunez

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’220527FastballIFA: Cuba, ’186th/7th inningHigh-A Rancho Cucamonga2022

Strengths

  • Above-average fastball
  • Strikeout machine
  • Neutral platoon splits

Weaknesses

  • Changeup lacking
  • Old for prospect
  • Fringy command/control
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball4555
Curveball4550
Changeup4040
Command/Control4045
Delivery4550
FV/Risk45High

43. RHP Brett de Geus

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’219022Fastball33rd round, ’177th/8th inningDouble-A Tulsa2021

Strengths

  • Plus-fastball velo
  • Misses bats regularly
  • Strong Arizona Fall League performance

Weaknesses

  • Limited experience
  • Reliever-only profile
  • No projection left
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball4560
Curveball4050
Slider/Cutter3545
Command/Control4050
Delivery4550
FV/Risk45High

42. RHP Marshall Kasowski

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’321525Fastball13th round, ’177th/8th inningTriple-A OKC2020

Strengths

  • High-spin fastball
  • Limits home runs
  • Limits hard contact

Weaknesses

  • Secondaries lacking at times
  • Durability concerns
  • Limited ceiling
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball5560
Curveball4045
Changeup3540
Command/Control4045
Delivery4545
FV/Risk45Medium

41. OF/1B Zach Reks

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’219026Hit10th round, ’174th OF/LH PHTriple-A OKC2020

Strengths

  • Improved lift in swing
  • Compact stance/swing
  • Good hand-eye coordination

Weaknesses

  • Some swing-and-miss
  • Defensively limited (LF/1B)
  • Older for prospect
ToolPresentFuture
Hit4550
Power4550
Speed4545
Defense4545
Arm4545
FV/Risk45High

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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.