Here is the first in a series of seven posts with our 2020 Top 100 Dodgers prospect rankings. There will be some recognizable names, but there will also be some names you don’t recognize. Hell, I barely recognized some of them.
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, 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.
|100||Luis Carlos Diaz||OF||20||Hit||6’1||155||2024|
- Gilliland was a 32nd-rounder in 2018 who has a clean delivery and projection.
- Izturis is the nephew of former Dodger Cesar Izturis and former Angel Maicer Izturis.
- Boyer was an overslot ($300,000) 11th-rounder in 2019 who didn’t pitch but has a live arm.
- Ramos was dubbed a sleeper by Baseball America when he signed in 2018-19.
- Robertson was a 2019 7th-rounder who had a solid, yet limited, pro debut (1.65 ERA, 23:1 K:BB ratio, 16 1/3 IP).
|89||Juan De la Cruz||RHP||19||Fastball||5’11||160||2024|
- Gamoba has a lively arm (mid-90s) and has the ability to rack up big strikeout numbers, but he’s also a bit wild.
- Belge was a 2019 18th-rounder who may have been drafted higher in 2018, but had a strong pro debut (1.16 ERA, 17.4 K-BB%).
- Fernandez, an offensive-minded catcher, was the Dodgers’ more notable signings of the 2019-20 period.
- Ramirez has a 4-pitch mix (low-90s FB, CB, SLD, CHG) who is a pitchability guy
- Tyranski, a 12th-rounder in ’19, posted a ridiculous 40:3 K:BB ratio in his pro debut.
- Gamoba, a 9th-rounder in ’19, had a strong debut (33:2 K:BB) and could move quickly.
|78||Aldrich De Jongh||OF||21||Speed||5’8||167||2023|
- Ibarra had a rough debut, but he’s super young and very toolsy.
- Smith finally debuted after being drafted in the 15th round in 2018. He has premium stuff, but will need to stay healthy to harness it.
- Willeman was a bit of a popup prospect for folks last year after his fastball velo jumped to the mid-90s. It regressed to the low-90s and probably has cemented him as a reliever.
- Vivas was an international signee ($300,000) during the 2017-18 period who made it stateside for the first time and hit well (.327/.410/.472).
- Joe was Rule 5’d last year by the Giants before they ended up returning him to the Dodgers. He can hit minor-league pitching, but he might be a Quad-A guy at this point.
- Ochsenbein was a 2019 6th-rounder who could move quickly as a reliever thanks to a fastball-splitter-slider repertoire.
- Duran is a large adult son who may struggle at the more advanced levels of the minors unless he develops a better out pitch. Still, his sinker is strong.
- Robinson’s glove will only be able to take him so far. His ceiling is of a glove-first utility man.
- Alvarez … how the mighty have fallen. He was added to the 40-man roster last winter, but he spent most of the season on the restricted list.
- Kolek had a solid showing as a former 11th-rounder with Great Lakes. He kept the ball in the park and ate some innings.
- Garlick debuted in 2019 and could be a right-handed option off a bench — the Dodgers or otherwise — going forward.
- Little, the Dodgers’ 5th-rounder in 2019, was predominantly a reliever in college, but the Dodgers are going to try him as a starter. Hopefully it goes better than the last time they did that with a Stanford pitcher (Chris Reed).
- Fisher, the Dodgers’ 4th-rounder in 2018, is coming back from Tommy John surgery, so 2020 will be an important year for his development.
- Castro came on strong last season and pitched surprisingly well in the Pioneer League.
- Crawford, despite flashy stuff, has gotten better as a prospect. He’ll get a chance to show what he can do with Tulsa this year.
- Salow, despite being on the older side, has a chance to be a solid lefty reliever going forward thanks to a spinning slider.
- Gutierrez signed for $600,000 last signing period and had a solid pro debut. He could jump in these next couple years.
Next Up: Prospects 50-41