Dodgers Prospect Notes brings the latest on a few prospects in the system that had performances worth paying attention to.
Clayton Beeter‘s long-term role might be undetermined, including to Beeter himself, but the ability to consistently miss bats will go a long way. FanGraphs has a present 70 on Beeter’s slider and fastball, and it is easy to see why with how they pair.
He also has a 60 curve and 30 present/40 future changeup. Yesterday, in what was his last regular season start, he matched his season high in pitch count (55), and missed a fair number of bats as well.
The Dodgers have shown an abundance of caution with a number of players throughout the organization in 2021, and Beeter is certainly among them. While his long-term role might not be set, betting on his kind of talent and repertoire has been a hallmark, and is a heck of a place to start.
Jorbit Vivas, an IFA signed out of Venezuela in 2018, has one of the rarer tool combos that inordinately grabs my eye — his raw power grade is exceeded by his in-game power grade.
Just about everything is hit hard, somewhere. There are rare occasions when a player’s physicality (in Vivas’ case, a listed 5’10, 170 pounds) is exceeded by their bat speed and a feel for the barrel, leading to more in-game power numbers than their profile would typically indicate. Vivas, who has played, 2B, 3B, SS, and LF this season, is still just 20 and won’t turn 21 until March 9th, 2022.
Last note: minor league schedules for next season were released today, with the announced Opening Day across all of minor league ball occurring on April 8th, 2022.