Dodgers Prospect Notes – 9/9/2021: Miguel Vargas continues to impress, Jose Ramos & James Outman makes names for themselves

Miguel Vargas. Photo by: Dustin Nosler

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


There were some concerns about whether Miguel Vargas would generate enough power play in a corner infield spot, and he is putting those to bed. He went 3-for-5 last night and he hit a big fly — 103 MPH off the bat and a good bit over 400 feet.

Going into last night’s contest, Vargas, who is one of five qualified 21 year olds in the AA Central, had a wRC+ of 140, third in his league. And, uh, please don’t crash into any walls, Miguel.

Jose Ramos is making a name for himself. He has received a lot of attention during his summer with Rancho Cucamonga, and with the Quakes being streamed for the last time this season, he is delivering. He has three homers in the first two games of the series with Inland Empire, two of them came last night, and the first wasn’t exactly a wall scraper.

MLB Pipeline aggressively bumped up Ramos in their midseason rankings to 16th, and Dustin had him at 19th a little over a month ago (+29 spots). It’s fair to say there’s some helium here.

James Outman, the Dodgers’ 2018 7th-rounder out of Sacramento State University, reportedly bought into some swing changes late in the 2019 season, and the power that was unlocked is continuing to show up, as he homered twice last night for Tulsa, increasing his total to 17 for the season.

Outman is a plus athlete, with FanGraphs listing him as a 60 runner. His speed plays both offensively (leads the Dodger org in triples and stolen bases), and defensively (legit CF). At 24, and three years removed from being drafted out of college, he will be an interesting 40-man case this fall, as he will be Rule 5 Draft eligible if left unprotected.

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