Dodgers Prospect Notes – 9/8/2021: Stone’s gas, Yurchak continues to hit, Sheehan electric, Miller promoted

Dodgers Prospect Notes brings the latest on a few prospects in the system that had performances worth paying attention to.


Gavin Stone, the Dodgers’ 2020 5th-round pick, is off to a hot start with Great Lakes. His fastball has been up to 97, and the slider and changeup that both flash plus. His strong pitch mix, combined with plus command, has his K-BB% at 29.7%, good for second in the minor league system.

A trend the Dodgers (and a lot of baseball) have followed is looking for hard throwers who may not have prototypical height, but who get down the hill, and can attack with a flatter plane heater at the top. At 6’1″, with a deep leg drive, Stone fits the bill.

Justin Yurchak has hit at every stop. Since being acquired for Manny Banuelos (yes, this Manny Banuelos), the 24-year-old Binghamton University product’s lowest wOBA at any stop in the Dodgers’ system is .387, and it’s currently at a robust .464 with AA Tulsa. Positional versatility is problematic, as he has been limited to 1B thus far, but if you can hit enough, they’ll find a place for you.

Emmet Sheehan was electric. The stuff speaks for itself, and he is high on my watch list for 2022.


And here’s something to watch today.

Bobby Miller is going to be here before you know it.

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