Folks, Prospect Notes are back and they’re spectacular.
Miguel Vargas had a loud camp with the big club, slashing .308/.500/.615 in 18 Spring Training PAs, earning a promotion to AAA Oklahoma City to kick off the season. Vargas, the Cuban prospect who was named the Dodgers Minor League Player of the Year in 2021, is settling into AAA life quickly, and showing that his power surge last season was no fluke — his first homer for OKC was a moonshot, 109.6 mph off the bat with a 40 degree launch angle:
Vargas is a bit of a stat-sheet darling, and his robust 2021 that saw him post a wRC+ of 141 across 542 combined PAs at A+ Great Lakes/AA Tulsa, led to him being ranked 9th overall in the ZiPS Top 100 prospects.
Fellow Cuban prospect Andy Pages had a stellar AA debut, going 2/3, with a pair of walks, 3 RBI, and a double that nearly left the yard:
ZiPS is similarly bullish on Pages, and his 152 wRC+ with Great Lakes helped him come in at #13 overall by the projection system.
Beau Burrows, who was signed by the Dodgers last November as a minor league free agent after previously being with the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins, had a strong debut for Oklahoma City:
Burrows threw predominantly fastballs and sliders, with his slider getting whiffs on 6/10 swings.
Keith (18th round pick out of Cal Baptist in Riverside), Ramos (IFA breakout out of Panama who signed for $30k), and Cartaya (top IFA out of Venezuela, signed for $2.5 mil) have come together from very different backgrounds to bring massive dongs to the world. Enjoy the show.