Dodgers composite Top 10 Prospects for 2021

Photo by: Stacie Wheeler

The Dodgers farm system is still pretty strong, but not as much as it was a couple years ago. Still, there are a lot of quality players, and this is how other outlets ranked the prospects.

Before we get to the others, here’s my Top 10 Dodger prospects from the Top 50 series.

  1. Josiah Gray
  2. Michael Busch
  3. Miguel Vargas
  4. Diego Cartaya
  5. Bobby Miller
  6. Keibert Ruiz
  7. Clayton Beeter
  8. Kody Hoese
  9. Ryan Pepiot
  10. Andy Pages

You can see the full Top 50 list here.

Composite Dodgers Top 10 Prospects

PlayerBABPESPNFGFDLawMLBPLAvg
Gray211111261.875
Busch343332322.875
Ruiz122224192.875
Miller564846514.875
Cartaya6581173636.125
Pages101154658127.625
Hoese48610918447.875
Pepiot81110659788
Diaz0*117982190*8.125
Vargas93121313101179.75

Editor’s Note: BA = Baseball America, BP = Baseball Prospectus, FG = FanGraphs, FD = Future Dodgers, ESPN = Kiley McDaniel, Law = The Athletic, MLB = MLB Pipeline, PL = Prospects Live

Wilman Diaz wasn’t signed in time to rank on each list, but would easily have made the Top 15.

Just Missed (in order): Jacob Amaya, Beeter, Zach McKinstry, Luis Rodriguez, Alex De Jesus

To no one’s surprise, Gray checks in as the Dodgers’ top prospect. What’s interesting is that two other players received top rankings from different publications, so while it isn’t surprising, it isn’t unanimous, either. I suspect Miller will be near the top of everyone’s rankings come 2022.

Busch had the most consistent ranking in the Top 10, ranging from 2-4 on all lists. The guy he’ll almost certainly be tied too — Hoese, since they were taken within six picks of each other in 2019 — had a wide range of rankings. The lower-level prospects primed to make a big jump next year — Cartaya, Pages, Diaz — showed nicely. If Pepiot’s Spring Training performance is any indication, he should higher on this list next year. And my boy Vargas is still not getting the respect he deserves.

A couple notes on Baseball America’s rankings: They ranked Edwin Rios at 7, Victor Gonzalez at 15 (FanGraphs had him at 21) and Dennis Santana at 18. None of them are technically prospects anymore, so they were excluded from this list.

Here were some individual rankings that caught my eye:

  • Gray No. 6 by PL
  • Miller No. 1 by PL
  • Ruiz No. 9 by PL
  • Cartaya No. 3 by Law
  • Hoese No. 18 by Law
  • Diaz No. 21 by Law
  • Vargas No. 3 by BP
  • Carrillo No. 10 by BP
  • Pages No. 4 by FG

Not included above is Andre Jackson, who checked in at No. 11 for me and No. 7 for Baseball Prospectus and Law. Law also ranked Mitch White at No. 8.

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I’m excited to have Minor League Baseball back, and tracking these guys throughout the summer will give us all a better feel for how good they actually are. And there will almost assuredly be new names on this list next year, be it new draftees, new acquisitions or players who play themselves onto said list.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. 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.