Dodgers Prospect Notes – 9/17/21: Carson Taylor thrives, Jesus Vargas lives, Devin Mann rakes

Devin Mann

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


Carson Taylor, whom the Dodgers selected in the 4th round of the 2020 draft, is another intriguing bat who has spent the season with Great Lakes.

Adding to an area where the Dodgers are truly the rich getting richer, Taylor is yet another plus offensive catcher. He’s a switch hitter who has been equally strong from both sides (his OPS lefty is .005 higher than it is righty), and he leads all qualified catchers in the High-A Central in wRC+, wOBA, and OPS.

Jesus Vargas had a strong outing and picked up the win for Great Lakes, as their playoff chase comes down to the wire.

Vargas, a Venezuelan who recently turned 23, is almost 1 1/2 years younger than average for the level, and is showing improved ability to miss bats, while limiting free passes.

As for the postseason push, the Loons are one game behind both Lake County and Cedar Rapids with three games left to play, and all three teams are vying for just one remaining playoff spot.

Lastly, Devin Mann, September juggernaut.

The Dodgers are trying him at other positions in hopes of increasing his versatility and utility. And the fact he’s hitting well doesn’t hurt matters.

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