2021 Dodgers Top 30? 50? Prospects: Dodgers no more

Dillon Paulson. Photo by: Cody Bashore

Before we get started with the countdown (yes, this is me stalling until I finalize the format of this year’s series), let’s look back at players from last year’s Top 100 list who either graduated due to service/playing time or are no longer with the organization.

Graduated

38. LHP Victor Gonzalez
– He was added to the 40-man last winter, which raised some eyebrows. Now, he looks to be a fixture in the Dodgers’ bullpen for years to come.

18. RHP Dennis Santana
– Still perhaps some of the nastiest stuff in the org, Santana needs to be more consistent. Perhaps a full-time bullpen role will help him gain that.

11. 3B/1B/COF Edwin Rios
– Has shown in limited time that he can absolutely mash. He’s also currently atop the third base depth chart.

7. RHP Brusdar Graterol
– Seeing that he’ll be a reliever from this point forward means he was probably a little overrated last year. But the arm talent is undeniable, as is the swagger.

4. RHP Tony Gonsolin
– Game 6 World Series starter (even if he lasted just five outs) pitched well in the shortened season and showed he belongs in the rotation.

2. RHP Dustin May
– May have been a little misused in the postseason, but his sinker is filthy and he still projects as a starter going forward.

1. SS/2B Gavin Lux
– A Top 5 global prospect a year ago, a rough 2020, coupled with a COVID-19 diagnosis, torpedoed his campaign. Still has loads of talent.

Traded/Released/Rule 5

100. OF Luis Carlos Diaz
– Released 11/2/20, ranked 83rd in 2019. Originally signed as part of 2016 July 2 class.

81. RHP Orlandy Navarro
– Released 1/6/21, ranked 79th in ’19. Lack of offspeed stuff did him in.

71. 1B/LF Connor Joe
– Elected free agency 11/2/20; signed with Rockies 11/15/20; was diagnosed with testicular cancer last spring but is cancer-free now.

67. RHP Shea Spitzbarth
Selected by Pirates in Minor League phase of the 2020 Rule 5 Draft. Topped out at No. 39 in my rankings (2018)

65. SS Errol Robinson
– Selected by Reds in Minor League phase of the 2020 Rule 5 Draft. Topped out at No. 34 in my rankings (2018).

61. OF Kyle Garlick
– Traded to Phillies on 2/15/20 for LHP Tyler Gilbert (whom the Dodgers lost to the Diamondbacks in the ’20 Rule 5 Draft).

54. LHP Leo Crawford
Traded to Brewers on 12/11/20 for Corey Knebel. Topped out at No. 35 in my rankings (2017).

46. 1B Dillon Paulson
Traded to Rays as part of 3-team deal for LHP Garrett Cleavinger. Above-average power, good plate discipline, prototypical Rays’ player.

43. RHP Brett de Geus
– Selected by Rangers with No. 2 pick in 2020 Rule 5 Draft. Should stick in Texas bullpen for 2021. Topped out at No. 46 in my rankings (2020).

37. RHP Jordan Sheffield
– Selected by Rockies with No. 8 pick in 2020 Rule 5 Draft. Big-time stuff, but also erratic. Could end up being offered back to LA if he doesn’t stick. Topped out at No. 8 in my rankings (2017).

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This is pretty normal turnover. There haven’t been any big trades this offseason, so I wouldn’t expect many of the top guys moved before the season starts. Then again, Jeter Downs and Connor Wong (and Alex Verdugo, but he wasn’t a prospect at the time) were still Dodgers a year ago at this time, so anything is possible.

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.