Dodgers Prospect Notes: Frasso, Kopp, Ibarra all have strong outings, Little returns from long absence, more

Ronan Kopp (Photo: Cody Bashore)

April 7th, 2023 Scoreboard


Torrance native Nick Frasso put together a solid debut for Tulsa, tossing 4.0 innings of one-run ball, allowing three singles, with no walks, and striking out six:

The half dozen punchouts are the most Frasso has racked up since coming over from Toronto in the Mitch White trade last August.

The 24-year-old, 6’5 righty placed highly in rankings put forth by the various prospect outlets, and his composite rank landing him at 11.3 in a loaded system (thanks for compiling that, Dustin). Indeed, Tulsa’s play-by-play team spent a bit of time wondering why in the world Toronto would ship out an arm like this for a number five starter at best with no options left, and frankly, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher. Thanks, I guess? No take-backs, no erasies.


Ronan Kopp had the opening day honors for the Great Lakes Loons, and he was mostly overpowering in his 2023 debut:

Double-checked my math, still correct.

The big positive here is the relative lack of walks. In 2022, though Kopp missed a ton of bats, he issued free passes 15.3% of the time, which is more than a bit too high for comfort. One walk over 12 batters faced is nearly half that — 8.3%. Of course, no conclusions can be drawn from just one outing, but it’s a step in the right direction, and it’s especially good to see on a very brisk day, as it was 47° at first pitch, and low temperatures can make it difficult to get a good grip on the ball. With the quality of Kopp’s stuff, including a fastball that routinely reaches 99, if the 20-year-old is filling up the zone, look out.


Joel Ibarra had an excellent debut for Rancho Cucamonga, tossing 3.0 scoreless, allowing just one hit, with no walks, and striking out four. The 3.0 IP matched a career high, which is part of the problem.

A native of Hermosillo, Mexico, Ibarra was signed as a shortstop back in 2018, and he never took the mound in a game until 2021. There’s ample arm talent, but the Dodgers are only just beginning to polish up a rather roughly cut gem. Though he is just 20 years old, this is the hard-throwing righty’s 40-man evaluation year, and as such, staying on the hill long enough to make some developmental headway will be crucial if he’s to stick in a loaded Dodger farm system.


Jack Little took the hill for the first time in nearly two years, making a triumphant return from a battle with the yips, and, ultimately, Tommy John surgery. The former Stanford Cardinal closer came on with the bases loaded, and he proceeded to toss a perfect 1.1 innings for Tulsa on Friday. Here’s every he pitch he threw in his outing, during which he racked up three strikeouts:

While there was no velo on the scorebug, the play-by-play team had Little sitting in the mid-90s.

A former closer for the Stanford Cardinal, Little was drafted by the Dodgers in the 5th round back in 2019. It has been a bit of a journey since then, but what the Dodgers saw in him was clear to see — mid 90s heat from a lower release point, giving the ball a flatter, whiff-inducing plane, along with a slider that flashes plus, and a changeup that shows some downward action when it’s right.

Making it back was a huge first step. The hope, I’m sure, is that he wakes up tomorrow feeling fine, and ready to take the ball again in a day or three. Either way, congrats to Jack Little, a whole lot of work that isn’t really visible to anyone outside the org went into making this happens. Bravo.


It’s no secret that the Dodgers lack shortstop depth throughout the organization, but one of the supposed stopgaps is off to a hot start — Dana Point native, and former Phillie-Marlin-Giant Luke Williams:

Williams ended up going 3/5 with the homer, as well as a single and a double. Thru six games, the 26-year-old is slashing .429/.433/.929. Sustainable? Probably not, but anything out of a shortstop in a system largely bereft of them is welcome at this point. If some devil magic is taking place, even better.


Here’s Saturday’s start times for the minor-league clubs (all times Pacific), along with the starting pitcher, if known:

  • Oklahoma City at Las Vegas – 7:05 PM, TBD
  • Tulsa vs San Antonio – 5:05 PM, River Ryan*
  • Great Lakes vs Lansing – 10:05 AM, Ben Casparius
  • Rancho Cucamonga vs Inland Empire – 6:30 PM, Jerming Rosario

*Level Debut


That’s all we’ve got. Enjoy your Saturday, folks.

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