2021 Dodgers Top 50 Prospects: 50-41

Josh Sborz. Photo by: Stacie Wheeler

This is the first official entry when it comes to ranking prospects this year. I’ve decided to do a Top 50, as a Top 100 after no minor-league season and very little other information, seemed like an unwise decision.

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Previous Entries

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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 (though, not this year), 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 2021 season age for the player (June 30 is the cutoff date).

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50. RHP Guillermo Zuniga

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2021 LocationETA
6’523022FastballIFA: Colombia, ’17Middle RelieverHigh-A Great Lakes/Double-A Tulsa2022

Strengths

  • Potential plus-fastball in relief
  • Strong frame
  • Slider can miss bats

Weaknesses

  • Command/control haven’t developed
  • Difficult to properly train in 2020
  • Lacking consistent third pitch
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball5060
Slider4560
Changeup3540
Command/Control4045
Delivery4045
FV/Risk35High

49. CF Jose Ramos

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2021 LocationETA
5’1116020DefenseIFA: Panama, ’184th OFAZL Dodgers2025

Strengths

  • Double-plus defender and arm in center field
  • Plus-runner
  • Some contact ability

Weaknesses

  • Lacking power
  • Offense still a question
  • Little older for level of competiton
ToolPresentFuture
Hit2545
Power2040
Speed6060
Defense6070
Arm6070
FV/Risk35Extreme

48. LHP Octavio Becerra

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2021 LocationETA
6’320920ChangeupIFA: Mexico, ’19No. 4/5 SPAZL Dodgers2024

Strengths

  • Changeup is best pitch
  • Starter’s frame
  • Solid velocity (90-93 MPH)

Weaknesses

  • Breaking balls need work (but have potential)
  • Untested stateside
  • Lost development time
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball4055
Curveball3050
Slider3555
Changeup4560
Command/Control3050
Delivery3050
FV/Risk40Extreme

47. 2B Jorbit Vivas

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2021 LocationETA
5’1014520HitIFA: Venezuela, ’17Utility IFLow-A Rancho Cucamonga2023

Strengths

  • Good bat-to-ball skills
  • Advanced strike zone knowledge/judgment
  • Natural lift in swing

Weaknesses

  • Might be 2B-only on defense
  • Limited power potential
  • Slight frame
ToolPresentFuture
Hit3555
Power2540
Speed5050
Defense4050
Arm4050
FV/Risk40Extreme

46. C Carson Taylor

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2021 LocationETA
6’221521Hit4th round, ’20Backup catcherLow-A Rancho2023

Strengths

  • Good pitch framing
  • Sneaky raw power
  • Competent from both sides of plate

Weaknesses

  • Questions about long-term ability to stick behind the plate
  • Might have to move to first base
  • More emphasis on bat if he has to move
ToolPresentFuture
Hit3550
Power3050
Speed4540
Defense3545
Arm4050
FV/Risk35High

45. RHP Jose Martinez

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2021 LocationETA
6’020022ChangeupIFA: Venezuela, ’17Back-end SP/Multi-inning RPDouble-A Tulsa2023

Strengths

  • Sinker is promising
  • Changeup misses bats
  • Solid command/control

Weaknesses

  • Slider is fringy
  • Not ideal size
  • Might be a reliever
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball4550
Slider4045
Changeup4555
Command/Control4050
Delivery4050
FV/Risk40High

44. RHP Carlos Duran

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2021 LocationETA
6’725019FastballIFA: Dominican, ’17Back-end SP/Multi-inning RPLow-A Rancho2022

Strengths

  • Heavy, sinking fastball
  • Flashes plus-curveball
  • Substantial frame

Weaknesses

  • Command/control took a step back
  • Inconsistent delivery
  • Struggles to miss bats at times
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball4055
Curveball4055
Changeup3545
Command/Control4045
Delivery4045
FV/Risk40Extreme

43. C Hunter Feduccia

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2021 LocationETA
6’221523Defense12th round, ’18Backup catcherDouble-A Tulsa2023

Strengths

  • Receiving/framing improved
  • Good plate discipline
  • Makes a lot of contact

Weaknesses

  • Lacking premium power
  • Low ceiling
  • Arm strength lacking
ToolPresentFuture
Hit4550
Power3540
Speed3025
Defense4550
Arm4545
FV/Risk40Medium

42. RHP Josh Sborz

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2021 LocationETA
6’321827FastballCB Round B, ’156th/7th inningTriple-A OKC/LADebuted 2019

Strengths

  • Solid fastball
  • Slider can get whiffs
  • Keeps ball in yard

Weaknesses

  • Low ceiling
  • Command/control inconsistent
  • Prospect fatigue
ToolPresentFuture
Fastball6060
Slider5555
Command/Control4545
Delivery4545
FV/Risk35Low

41. OF DJ Peters

HeightWeightAgeBest ToolAcquiredRole2021 LocationETA
6’622525Power4th round, ’164th OFTriple-A OKC/LA2021

Strengths

  • Massive power
  • Athletic for size
  • Plus-arm

Weaknesses

  • Big strikeout numbers
  • Questions about making consistent contact
  • Ceiling limited
ToolPresentFuture
Hit4040
Power6060
Speed5550
Defense5050
Arm6060
FV/Risk40High

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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.