2020 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: 40-31

Luke Raley (Photo: Stacie Wheeler)

Sorry for the delay, but we were on extreme Mookie Betts watch for the last week-plus. Now, it’s back to prospects.

The names are becoming more recognizable, including a former 1st-rounder, a couple of 2019 draftees and a player just reacquired in the Kenta Maeda deal.

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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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40. SS/2B Leonel Valera

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’318320ArmIFA: Venezuela, ’15Utility IFHigh-A Rancho Cucamonga2023

Strengths

  • Strong arm plays at SS/3B
  • Above-average runner
  • Improving right-handed bat

Weaknesses

  • Power still questionable
  • Swing-and-miss concerns
  • Might not stick at SS
ToolPresentFuture
Hit3545
Power3045
Speed5055
Defense4050
Arm5555
FV/Risk45High

39. 3B/1B Brandon Lewis

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’321521Power4th round, 20192nd-division CIFLow-A Great Lakes/High-A Rancho2022

Strengths

  • Premium power from right side
  • Good bat-to-ball skills
  • Makes loud contact

Weaknesses

  • Defense/arm fringy at 3B
  • No threat on basepaths
  • Conditioning needs to be monitored
ToolPresentFuture
Hit4050
Power4560
Speed3025
Defense3545
Arm4045
FV/Risk45High

38. LHP Victor Gonzalez

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’018024FastballIFA: Mexico, July ’12Middle reliever/LH specialistTriple-A OKC/Los Angeles2020

Strengths

  • Fastball velo jumped to mid-90s
  • Potentially above-average changeup and slider
  • Compact delivery

Weaknesses

  • Inconsistent MiLB career
  • Undefined role (starter/reliever?)
  • Injury history
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball5555
Slider4550
Changeup5055
Command/Control4550
Delivery4550
FV/Risk45Medium

37. RHP Jordan Sheffield

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
5’1118425Fastball1st round (supp.), ’166th/7th inningDouble-A Tulsa/Triple-A OKC2021

Strengths

  • Plus-fastball velocity (sits mid-90s, tops out in high-90s)
  • Changeup true out pitch
  • Difficult to hit

Weaknesses

  • Slider inconsistent
  • Command/control may never come
  • High-effort delivery; past injury concerns
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball5060
Slider4045
Changeup5055
Command/Control3540
Delivery4040
FV/Risk45High

36. RHP Guillermo Zuniga

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’523021FastballIFA: Colombia, ’17No.4/5 SP, power RPHigh-A RC/Double-A Tulsa2022

Strengths

  • Plus-fastball in mid-90s; low-90s sinker
  • Good mechanics, easy delivery
  • Changeup has splitter tendencies

Weaknesses

  • Slider lacking consistency
  • Command/control needs improving
  • Stuff plays better out of bullpen
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball4560
Slider4550
Changeup4050
Command/Control4045
Delivery4045
FV/Risk50High

35. RHP Josh Sborz

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’321826FastballCB Round B, ’156th/7th inning RPTriple-A OKC/Los Angeles2019

Strengths

  • Sustained mid-90s velocity on fastball
  • Limits home runs
  • Good command/control

Weaknesses

  • Older for prospect
  • Curveball lagging behind slider
  • Middle reliever ceiling
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball5555
Slider4545
Slider5050
Command/Control5050
Delivery5050
FV/Risk40Low

34. OF Cody Thomas

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’421024Power13th round, ’164th OFTriple-A OKC2021

Strengths

  • Plus-raw power from left side, can get to it at times in-game
  • Very athletic
  • Good defender in corners; can play CF in a pinch

Weaknesses

  • Lots of swing-and-miss
  • Getting old to still be “raw” as a prospect
  • Plate discipline lacking
ToolPresentFuture
Hit4045
Power5055
SPeed5050
Defense5050
Arm5050
FV/Risk45High

33. LHP John Rooney

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’521323Slider3rd round, ’18No. 4/5 SP, swingmanHigh-A RC/Double-A Tulsa2022

Strengths

  • Best pitch is slider
  • Good frame to be innings-eater
  • Above-average command/control

Weaknesses

  • Fastball velocity barely average
  • No true out pitch
  • No projection left
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball4550
Slider5055
Changeup4050
Command/Control4550
Delivery5050
FV/Risk45High

32. OF/1B Luke Raley

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’423525Power7th round, ’16; trade w/ MIN4th OF/LH PHTriple-A OKC/Los Angeles2020

Strengths

  • Left-handed power improved since being traded
  • Premium exit velo numbers; hits lefties well
  • Strong arm

Weaknesses

  • Plate discipline lacking
  • Missed time with torn ankle ligament in ’19
  • Not much defensive value
ToolPresentFuture
Hit4550
Power5055
Speed4040
Defense4545
Arm5555
FV/Risk45Medium

31. RHP Jimmy Lewis

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2020 LocationETA
6’620019Curveball2nd round, 2019No. 3/4 SPAZL Dodgers2024

Strengths

  • Projectable, athletic frame
  • Potentially plus-fastball (already low-90s, up to 95 MPH)
  • Power high-70s curveball

Weaknesses

  • Had slight labrum tear after signing
  • Inconsistent changeup
  • Yet to debut
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball4055
Curveball4060
Changeup3045
Command/Control3550
Delivery4050
FV/Risk55Extreme

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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.