With five days until the playoffs really begin, here’s some prospect content from me and Josh. This is our 2022 Dodgers All-Prospect Team.
It’s based on a prospect’s performance during the season and factors in future projection a bit. Some of these guys probably won’t make our Top 30 next season, but a lot will.
Here are the previous iterations of the team.
2022 Dodgers Digest All-Prospect 1st Team
Catcher: Diego Cartaya, 20, Low-A Rancho Cucamonga/High-A Great Lakes
.254/.389/.503, 22 HR, 72 RBI, 22 2B, 14.1 BB%
The top prospect in the system, Cartaya displayed his double-plus power potential and on-base ability. He did things at 20 years old that not many can do — especially as a catcher. He’s special.
First base: Yunior Garcia, 20, Low-A Rancho Cucamonga/High-A Great Lakes
.292/.363/.480, 13 HR, 75 RBI, 28 2B, 8.0 BB%
Originally signed as an outfielder, Garcia has played mostly first base and responded with his best season to date. He’s not going to make many lists this winter, but he’s a guy to watch in 2023.
Second base: Michael Busch, 25, Double-A Tulsa/Triple-A Oklahoma City
.274/.365/.516, 32 HR, 108 RBI, 38 2B, 11.5 BB%
If the Dodgers weren’t a 111-win behemoth, Busch probably would have made his MLB debut this year. He has one of the best power/on-base combos in the system. He could be trade fodder this offseason, too.
Third base: Miguel Vargas, 22, Triple-A Oklahoma City/Los Angeles
.304/.404/.511, 17 HR, 82 RBI, 32 2B, 13.6 BB%
My guy! Vargas has established himself as the orgs best hitting prospect and was rewarded with a promotion to the majors. It’s hard to be a 3/4/5 guy (.300/.400/.500), but he did that at age 22 at the highest level of the minors.
Shortstop: Rayne Doncon, 18, ACL Dodgers/Low-A Rancho Cucamonga
.255/.306/.481, 12 HR, 46 RBI, 16 2B, 7.0 BB%
While the numbers may not blow you away, Doncon might be the best complex-level prospect the Dodgers have. He has overtaken big-time international signee Wilman Diaz as the best shortstop prospect in the org.
Left field: Jonny DeLuca, 23, High-A Great Lakes/Double-A Tulsa
.260/.347/.541, 25 HR, 71 RBI, 22 2B, 10.2 BB%
A surprising power display from DeLuca placed him on some folks’ radar. He has 4th-outfielder upside and 2023 will be a big proving year for him as a prospect.
Center field: James Outman, 25, Double-A Tulsa/Triple-A Oklahoma City/Los Angeles
.294/.393/.586, 31 HR, 106 RBI, 31 2B, 12.5 BB%
The best defensive outfielder in the system might also be the best hitting outfielder in the system. The Sacramento State alum had a career-year between Tulsa and OKC, and even came up for a cup of coffee. If Cody Bellinger continues to struggle, Outman might find himself in LA more frequently.
Right field: Andy Pages, 21, Double-A Tulsa
.236/.339/.473, 26 HR, 80 RBI, 28 2B, 11.1 BB%
Pages tailed off a bit in the second half, but he still has massive power potential and just completed his age-21 season. He isn’t going to displace Mookie Betts, but his bat is legit.
Starting Pitcher 1: RHP Gavin Stone, 23, Great Lakes/Double-A Tulsa/Triple-A Oklahoma City
1.48 ERA, 2.60/2.44/2.87 FIP, 1.12 WHIP, 33.9 K%, 8.9 BB%
One of the best pitching performances by a Dodger prospect in recent memory, Stone has established himself as — at worst — the 2nd-best pitching prospect in the system. Some might even rate him as the best. He should see LA in 2023.
Starting Pitcher 2: RHP Bobby Miller, 23, Double-A Tulsa/Triple-A Oklahoma City
4.25 ERA, 3.45/4.65 FIP, 1.17 WHIP, 30.9 K%, 7.9 BB%
The ERA isn’t pretty, but Miller’s upside was apparent during the 2022 season. He started the Futures Game in Dodger Stadium, and that probably won’t be his last start at Chavez Ravine.
Starting Pitcher 3: RHP Nick Nastrini, 22, High-A Great Lakes/Double-A Tulsa
3.78 ERA, 3.88/4.49 FIP, 1.1.09 WHIP, 35.3 K%, 11.0 BB%
Not as impressive as Stone’s season, but Nastrini opened a lot of eyes in 2022 after being a 4th-round steal in 2021. He could rocket up prospect lists by mid-2023.
Starting Pitcher 4: RHP Emmet Sheehan, 22, Low-A Rancho Cucamonga/High-A Great Lakes
3.05 ERA, 2.18/16.50 FIP, 1.11 WHIP, 38.0 K%, 11.2 BB%
Sheehan, taken one round after Nastrini, also was quite impressive in his first full season as a pro. He could move quickly if he continues to improve.
Starting Pitcher 5: RHP Ronan Kopp, 20, Low-A Rancho Cucamonga/High-A Great Lakes
2.74 ERA, 3.63/4.77 FIP, 1.32 WHIP, 38.4 K%, 15.3 BB%
Kopp was a JuCo draftee and, despite the questionable command/control, looks like the real deal. If he can throw strikes more consistently, he could soon be one of the Dodgers’ best pitching prospects.
Relief Pitcher 1: LHP Ben Harris, 22, Low-A Rancho Cucamonga/High-A Great Lakes
3.72 ERA, 3.06/2.55 FIP, 1.24 WHIP, 45.0 K%, 15.5 BB%
Harris is, easily, the Dodgers’ best relief pitching prospect. He struck out nearly half the hitters he faced in 2022 and could be on the fast track if he continues to show development over the next year.
Relief Pitcher 2: RHP Jordan Leasure, 23, High-A Great Lakes/Double-A Tulsa
3.49 ERA, 0.59/4.47 FIP, 1.11 WHIP, 34.5 K%, 9.0 BB%
Leasure did most of his damage in A-ball, so 2023 will be a nice test for the former 14th-rounder.
Relief Pitcher 3: RHP Ryan Sublette, 23, High-A Great Lakes
2.98 ERA, 3.45 FIP, 1.36 WHIP, 35.5 K%, 13.5 BB%
Sublette could carve out a nice career as a middle reliever-type, with setup man upside.
Relief Pitcher 4: RHP Nick Robertson, 23, Double-A Tulsa/Triple-A Oklahoma City
4.43 ERA, 4.53/2.06 FIP, 1.37 WHIP, 29.3 K%, 10.1 BB%
It feels like Robertson has been around for a long time, but he’s going into his age-24 season and could be on the short list for an MLB debut next year.
Relief Pitcher 5: LHP Jose Hernandez, 24, High-A Great Lakes/Double-A Tulsa
3.45 ERA, 3.15/5.49 FIP, 1.24 WHIP, 27.6 K%, 10.5 BB%
A mostly unheralded international signee, Hernandez had a surprisingly good 2022 season and is one of the best left-handed relief prospects in the system.
2022 Dodgers Digest All-Prospect 2nd Team
|Ryan Pepiot||SP 6|
|Michael Grove||SP 7|
|Lael Lockhart||SP 8|
|Adolfo Ramirez||SP 9|
|River Ryan||SP 10|
|Guillermo Zuniga||RP 6|
|Joel Ibarra||RP 7|
|Jeff Belge||RP 8|
|Cole Percival||RP 9|
|Bryadon Fisher||RP 10|
Notes about the second team:
- Rushing hit .404/.522/.740 in 134 plate appearances. That’s not a typo.
- Fernandez profiles better as a catching prospect, but he acquitted himself well at the pivot.
- Gauthier drew 103 walks in just 478 plate appearances.
- Ward, who hit .255/.319/.486 with 28 HR, just edged out Damon Keith.
- Ramos is a nearly mirror image of Pages.
- The shine is off Pepiot a bit, but he’s still a quality SP prospect.
- Lockhart reminds me of John Rooney — both low-ceiling/high-floor LHP prospects.
- Ibarra is a guy to watch for 2023 — he could boom if he takes a step forward in his development.
- Fisher’s first year back from Tommy John was encouraging.
That’s it. You can go now.