Los Angeles Dodgers Top 50 Prospects for 2017

“The McCourt days are over”….music to all Dodger fans ears.  Ever since Stan Kasten, Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi took over the roster, they’ve been executing their plan to build from within.  This is one of the more creative and inventive front offices we have seen to date.  They just set the record for DL moves in a season, which had more to do with manipulating a roster to its highest advantage than actual players needing full DL stints.  This is the same front office who upset poor Chris Heisey when they sent him packing from the big club in Los Angeles to their Triple-A squad in Oklahoma City, 10 times.  While acknowledging the Dodgers brass is well within the rules, he also stated, “they may not realize the toll it may take on a player’s confidence” and “it was tough”, in reference to the plethora of roster moves.  Boo freakin Hoo.

The Dodgers’ willingness to go outside the box is one of the reasons they have one of the top Minor League systems in the league, even after graduating Top 5 MLB prospects Corey Seager and Julio Urias to the show.  It is yet to be seen if they are willing to deal their young talent for proven big leaguers.  Until then, here is the Top 50 Dodgers Prospects for 2017:

*NOTE – MLB player comparisons are not my opinion of who the player currently is.  It is simply who the player reminds me of at their GREATEST potential*

 

Prospects1500 Tiers:

Tier 1: Players with high expectations of both making the majors and playing at an All-Star level for a number of years

Tier 2: Players with an above average expectation of making the majors and being a solid contributor

Tier 3: Players with an average expectation of making the majors and being a solid contributor

Tier 4: Players who have the potential of making the majors, or have high likelihood of making the majors but providing minimal impact (e.g. middle reliever, low-ceiling UT guys)

Tier 5: Players who are worth keeping an eye on, but likely to never make a team’s 40-man roster

 

Tier 1:

1. Cody Bellinger, 1B
Age: 21 (DOB 07/13/1995)
Drafted as a tall and skinny high school player with a strong hit tool but very little power, many compared Bellinger to James Loney.  After hitting a combined four HR’s in his first two MILB seasons, Bellinger exploded for 30 HR’s in 2015 and 26 HR’s in 2016.  Cody is widely expected to compete for a Gold Glove at 1B at some point in his career.  He is also athletic enough to play the outfield, which could accelerate his path to the MLB.  Likely the top 1B prospect in all of baseball, Bellinger should start contributing in 2017.  Fantasy owners should be salivating over his potential to be a perennial All-Star, with 30+ HR power and high OBP potential. MLB Comparison – Anthony Rizzo

2. Jose De Leon, RHP
Age: 24 (DOB 08/07/1992)
For weeks, De Leon has been the next big pitching prospect to join the Minnesota Twins in a potential Brian Dozier trade.  While that deal seems to have fizzled, I would not be surprised to see him dealt in the near future.  Drafted in the 24th round in 2013, De Leon is a bit of a late bloomer.  De Leon has three above average MLB pitches.  He works with a mid-90’s fastball, a deadly dropping changeup and a tight sweeping slider.  Three plus pitches coupled with his pinpoint command have led to outstanding strikeout numbers in the minor leagues.  Shoulder concerns and prospect fatigue seem to have the baseball world a bit low on De Leon, which I think is unfair.  De Leon has the stuff to be a #2 in any rotation, with elite strikeout numbers.  MLB Comparison – Justin Verlander


Tier 2:
3. Yadier Alvarez, RHP
Age: 20 (DOB 03/07/1996)
The Dodgers signed Alvarez as part of their $150 million international class of 2015.  This is what potentially cost them Yoan Moncada, but Alvarez could make it all worth it.  The dude throws absolute GAS and has shown the ability to throw strikes, even at the young age of 20.  Alvarez consistently throws in the mid-90’s and has been clocked in at 102 MPH.  If prospects were graded on pure “stuff” alone, he’d be a top five pitching prospect in all of baseball.  A lack of experience and unspectacular yet improving control keep Alvarez lower in the MLB rankings for now.  I think if Alvarez is able to develop his changeup to go with his devastating fastball and wipeout slider, he will become an Ace for the Dodgers.  At the very worst, Alvarez will be a high leverage reliever and likely a closer.  MLB Comparison – Carlos Martinez

4. Alex Verdugo, OF
Age: 20 (DOB 05/15/1996)
Attitude concerns ended up costing Verdugo a first round selection in the 2014 MLB draft.  A two way player in high school, a lot of teams coveted Verdugo as a pitcher.  The Dodgers had faith in Verdugo’s bat and it looks to be paying off.  Verdugo has a great feel for the strike zone, is a patient baserunner and plays great defense.  The only knock on Verdugo is his power, but luckily for him that typically develops late.  I think Verdugo winds up a nice fantasy contributor, with solid yet unexciting numbers.  MLB Comparison – Michael Brantley (without the stolen bases)

5. Walker Buehler, RHP
Age: 22 (DOB 7/28/1994)
Rumor has it the Dodgers are higher on Walker Buehler than they are on De Leon.  De Leon getting caught partying with Yasiel Puig could have something to do with it, but Buehler has loads of potential.  If it weren’t for having to undergo TJ surgery soon after being drafted, Buehler could have been competing for an MLB role this year.  Buehler’s pitchability (good control with average to above average FB, CB, SL and CH) and makeup make him one of the safest bets of Dodgers pitching prospects to reach the show.  If he can get over his injury concerns and Tim Lincecum-like build/delivery, look for Buehler to become a #2-3 type pitcher for the Dodgers in the near future.  MLB Comparison – Julio Teheran

6. Willie Calhoun, 2B
Age: 22 (DOB 11/04/1994)
You say Willie, I say Calhoun!  You say damn good, I say Hitter!  Calhoun can’t really run, he can really field, he’s only 5’8″ and does not have an impressive body.  The thing is, his bat will get him a big league call-up and his bat will keep him up there.  He is a contact hitter, with loads of power.  His K rate has always hovered around 13% in college and pro ball, which is superb. If Calhoun can stick at 2B and play decent defense, he will be a top 10 2B in the league. The problem is, I think he becomes a DH.  MLB Comparison – Carlos Santana

7. Brock Stewart, RHP
Age: 25 (DOB 10/03/1991)
Like Cody Bellinger, Stewart comes from MLB bloodlines, which the Dodgers have always loved.  Stewart finally put his size and talent together last season, shooting all the way up from Single A to the MLB.  A 1.79 ERA, .88 WHIP and 129 K’s in 121 minor league innings earned Stewart a shot with the Dodgers last season.  After a few horrible starts, Stewart settled down and began to show the pitcher he is capable of being.  Stewart throws a hard and fast fastball, in addition to a sinker and strikeout special changeup.  Stewart needs to show the command he mastered in the minor leagues if he wants a shot at the Dodgers deep rotation in 2017.  If Stewart is able to command his pitches in the pros, he will be a solid #3 pitcher.  If not, he has potential to be a dominate set-up man or good closer.  MLB Comparison – Jeff Samardzija

8. Yusniel Diaz, OF
Age: 20 (DOB 10/07/1996)
Signed out of Cuba for $15.5 million in 215 in the same international class as Alvarez, Diaz showed promise in his first professional season in the U.S.  Diaz is a well rounded player with his best attribute being his “hit” tool.  Diaz has good speed, plays solids defense and has potential to add power.  I see Diaz being an exciting player with 15 homerun potential in the show.  At 20 he’s still a few years away, but the Dodgers will wait happily and patiently.  MLB Comparison – Dexter Fowler.


Tier 3:
9. Jordan Sheffield, RHP
Age: 21 (DOB 06/01/1995)
The Dodgers seem to love TJ survivors, Sheffield being one of them.  Small in stature but not in power, Sheffield has shown the ability to dominate ballgames.  Sheffield features a power fastball in the mid-to-high 90’s, with a power slider and changeup that will make your knees buckle.  Sounds like Pedro Martinez right?  Not quite.  Sheffield’s injury concerns, coupled with his non-Pedrolike control, will likely limit his potential.  He could become a dominant closer with his stuff, but let’s let him playout as a starter first.  MLB Comparison – Marcus Stroman

10. Andrew Toles, OF
Age: 24 (DOB 05/24/1992)
From grocery bag boy to MLB playoff performer, Andrew Toles was one of the brightest stories of the 2016 Dodgers season.  A favorite of Andrew Friedman, Toles proved enough worth to get a shot down the playoff stretch for LA.  A gritty contact hitter with surprising power, Toles has risen the Dodgers prospect ranks at a fast pace.  While Toles does everything well, he does not have a carrying tool.  Look for him to hover around .280 BAA, with 10 HRS and 30 SB’s if he’s able to secure a starting role in 2017.  MLB Comparison – Rajai Davis

11. Gavin Lux, SS
Age: 19 (DOB 11/23/1997)
The Dodgers 2016 first round pick, Lux was thought to be the best defensive SS in the draft class.  Lux is a left handed hitter with a high baseball IQ and great feel for the strike zone.  He has yet to develop MLB power, but consistently has placed line drives in the gaps.  Lux will never be a burner on the basepaths, but I’m confident he will hit enough to be an everyday SS, eventually sliding Corey Seager over to 3B.  MLB Comparison – Poor man’s Brandon Crawford

12. Mitchell White, RHP
Age: 22 (DOB 12/28/1994)
Another good get in the 2016 draft, White is another TJ survivor for the Dodgers.  He’s a physical specimen standing at 6’4″ and 207 pounds.  The guy just looks like a stud and completely passes the eye test for me.  A late bloomer in college, White began his career at Santa Clara as a reliever.  White’s calling card is his power, with his fastball, cutter and power curveball repertoire.  If White can develop the changeup he’s been working on, look for him to be the next Dodger on the brink of the big leagues.  MLB Comparison – Kevin Gausman.

13. Starling Heredia, OF
Age: 17 (DOB 02/06/1999)
Heredia was the third big headliner for the Dodgers in the 2015 International class, signing for a bargain $2.6 million out of the Dominican Republic.  Power and speed, a combination everyone loves.  At 17 years old, Heredia has a long way to go.  His raw power is outright jaw dropping and he has the body frame and ability to be a plus baserunner as well.  Heredia has swing and miss issues as many young players do, but if he’s able to harness those issues, watch out.  MLB Comparison – Yasiel Puig

14. DJ Peters, OF
Age: 21 (DOB 12/12/1995)
I’m probably the high guy on Peters and that’s ok….right, that’s ok?  Peters is a damn monster standing at 6’6″ and 225 pounds.  A lot of times, taller power hitters struggle with contact.  So far, Peters has kept a respectable K rate during his college and short pro career.  With 40 EBH in his first professional season, he has flashed the tools that scouts drool over.  If he is able to keep this type of production up as he advances, look for him to be one of the steals of the 2016 draft.  MLB Comparison – Hunter Pence

15. Austin Barnes, C
Age: 27 (DOB 12/28/1989)
While I’m the high guy on Peters, I’m definitely the low guy on Austin Barnes.  That’s ok too right?  At 27 years old, maybe it’s just falling into the prospect fatigue trap, but I’m not convinced Barnes is anything more than a nice defensive wizard, utility type player.  If that’s what Barnes is, great for the Dodgers, bad for fantasy players.  I just think with his age, if he was ever going to be a stud, it would have happened by now.  MLB Comparison – Buster Posey….jk…..Francisco Cervelli

16. Mitchell Hansen, OF
Age: 20 (DOB 05/01/1996)
The former Stanford signee struggled in his initial professional season.  When the Dodgers drafted him, I was excited for his potential.  He had a bad season and I was down on him.  He had a nice 2016, so naturally I’m high on him again.  Hansen uses the whole field well which will lead to lots of extra base hits.  He needs to make contact more often to produce the power his 6’4″ frame allows.  MLB Comparison – Corey Dickerson

17. Dustin May, RHP
Age: 19 (DOB 09/06/1997)
Ohhhhh BIG RED.  Dude is not a pretty fella, but dang that arm though!  His delicious red flowing locks make me more and more intrigued the more I watch him pitch.  May’s raw stuff is off the charts and he has a nice consistent easy flowing delivery that produces mid-90’s with ease.  Still young, but he just looks like a star to me.  MLB Comparison – Aaron Sanchez

18. Trevor Oaks, RHP
Age: 23 (DOB 03/26/1993)
Up until this season, Oaks was seen as a long reliever, mop-up man type pitcher.  He finally showed the Dodgers what they saw in him when the drafted him in 2014.  Oaks struggled with the long ball until this season, where he has reinvented himself as a groudball pitcher.  If Oaks is able to stay the groundball pitcher he needs to be, he has potential to be a solid back end of the rotation innings eater.  MLB Comparison – Mike Leake

19. Will Smith, C
Age: 21 (DOB 03/28/1995)
A strong 2016 season at Louisville allowed Will Smith to potentially go from undrafted to a late first round pick.  Smith is known to be a solid but undersized catcher, that couldn’t hit a lick until 2016.  Smith has always shown solid contact and on base skills, but power concerns had him always seen as a backup.  A nice uptick in power in 2016 was nice, now let’s see if he can do it again. MLB Comparison – Russell Martin with about half the power.

20. Omar Estevez, 2B
Age: 18 (DOB 02/25/1998)
Yet ANOTHER 2015 international signee, the Cuban Estevez has impressed in his short time in the U.S.  Estevez did not have much recent production before coming over from Cuba, but put up solid first season numbers (43 EBH in 471 AB’s).  Estevez prefers SS, but will likely be a 2B for the duration of his career.  Staying at SS would improve his fantasy stock, but I don’t see that happening.  Estevez will likely be a solid bench player for a contender or average regular for a lesser team.  MLB Comparison – Gordon Beckham

21. Josh Ravin, RHP
Age: 29 (DOB 01/21/1988)
Ravin has had a tough career to say the least. I mean he’s 29 years old and still a flippin prospect.  Just when it seemed like he was going to breakthrough, he broke his arm then got popped for a 80 game PED suspension.  When Ravin returned last season to the Dodgers, he looked great in limited innings.  He’s a relief pitcher which lowers his value.  Ravin has the ability to be a top 15 closer or top 10 set-up man.  Ultimately, he probably ends up being a set-up man with great K numbers.  MLB Comparison – Hunter Strickland


Tier 4:
22. Josh Sborz, RHP
Age: 23 (DOB 12/17/1993)
The Dodgers drafted Sborz after he had a fantastic season as a reliever for Virginia.  For some unknown reason, they are trying to convert him to a starter.  I think this is completely stunting his growth and slowing his path to the major leagues.  Sborz clearly has dominant stuff that plays best as a back end reliever.  Sborz can throw in the high 90’s in short spurts, accompanied by a sharp slider and improving changeup.  Move him back to the bullpen dammit.  MLB Comparison – Cody Allen

23. Edwin Rios, 1B
Age: 22 (DOB 04/21/1994)
Rios is a large man that looks out of shape at first glance.  The more I watch him, the more I realize he is just a thick individual.  I wasn’t too high on him at FIU, but the more I see, the more I’m impressed.  55 EBH in 418 AB’s in 2016 is just stupid.  If the guy keeps raking, who cares that he’s a slow and plodding fielder.  MLB Comparison – Mike Napoli

24. Jacob Scavuzzo, OF
Age: 22 (DOB 01/15/1994)
Jacob “Freaking” Scavuzzo,…ugh.  This guy has so much potential, but can’t seem to put it all together.  It feels like he’s been around for 10 years, but he’s still only 22.  He regressed dramatically in 2016 after a solid 2015 season.  All the tools are still there including power, speed, defense, which gives everyone hope.  I’m just not convinced he’s going to square the ball up enough.  MLB Comparison – Michael Taylor

25. Chase De Jong, RHP
Age: 23 (DOB 12/29/1993)
De Jong was somewhat of a steal when he came over in a trade from Toronto for several international pool slots.  The guy is honestly nothing exciting, but knows how to locate and knows how to pitch.  He doesn’t induce a lot of groundballs which would be a concern a lot of places.  If he stays with the Dodgers, the flyball pitcher he is should play.  MLB Comparison – Dan Haren

26. Grant Dayton, LHP
Age: 29 (DOB 11/25/1987)
Another laaaaaate blooming 29 year old.  Dayton is basically the left handed Ravin, with a bit more experience.  Dayton can flat out pitch and he’s a strikeout specialist from the left side.  He should be a solid source of holds and a few saves in 2017 for the Dodgers.  MLB Comparison – Sean Doolittle

27. Jacob Rhame, RHP
Age: 23 (DOB 03/16/1993)
Rhame is the typical 2017 power arm out of the pen.  He is consistently popping darts off at 98 MPH and can hit triple digits.  Rhame has a decent slider to go with a decent split change.  He’s one of my favorite relievers to watch in person, that catchers mitt POPS.  He’ll be a nice set up man in the near future.  MLB Comparison – Kelvin Herrera

28. Johan Mieses, OF
Age: 21 (DOB 07/13/1995)
Mieses has the best shot of players outside the top 20 to play his way into the top 10 by the season’s end.  Mieses has always been known for his power ever since he signed at 17 years old.  2016 could be the year we look back at and see when it all came together.  31 doubles and 28 HR’s is impressive at 21.  He was my favorite hitter to watch this season at Rancho Cucamonga.  If he can drop his K rate to around 25%, he will be an All-Star.  Go get him.  MLB Comparison – JD Martinez

29. Cody Thomas, OF
Age: 22 (DOB 10/08/1994)
Cody Thomas and DJ Peters were some type of bash brother duo in their first season with Ogden.  Thomas had 19 HR’s in 232 AB’s, produced by a smooth stroke.  I’m beginning to believe the kid from Oklahoma is the real deal.  He has a bit of speed to add to the intrigue but strikes out way too much.  At best he’ll be an average everyday player, but is more likely to end up a 4th outfielder.  MLB Comparison – Chris Heisey

30. Imani Abdullah, RHP
Age: 19 (DOB 04/20/1997)
I’ll be honest, Abdullah is only this high because a lot of pro scouts are high on him, too high IMO.  He does have essentially the perfect pitcher frame at 6’4″ and 200 pounds.  Sure he has a smooth delivery and has put up average numbers while being relatively new to pitching.  The rest…..results, eye test, stats….just average….blah.  MLB Comparison – Chad Bettis

31. Keibert Ruiz, C
Age: 18 (DOB 07/20/1998)
Admittedly, Ruiz is years and years away.  Catchers generally don’t make it to the show until their mid-20’s unless they are truly special.  Ruiz has that ability as a switch hitter that has the defensive chops to stay behind the plate.  Ruiz makes consistent contact and should continue to get stronger.  MLB Comparison – JT Realmuto

32. Ariel Sandoval, OF
Age: 21 (DOB 11/06/1995)
After Sandoval’s breakout 2015, I had him ranked around #20 on the Dodgers prospect list.  He regressed a bit this year, but I still think highly of him.  Sandoval has a long and loopy swing that he appeared to be making progress on toward the end of 2016.  Sandoval is a pure athlete with loads of potential.  2017 should be a huge development year for him that will tell a lot about his future.  MLB Comparison – Colby Rasmus

33. Kyle Farmer, C/3B
Age: 26 (DOB 08/17/1990)
Talk about prospect fatigue, this guy feels like he should be 40 years old.  Once known as the heir apparent to Russell Martin, he’s now wasting away in AAA.  Farmer’s ability to play behind the dish and at the corners should get him to the MLB at some point, just not convinced its in LA.  He should turn into a decent bench player.  MLB Comparison – AJ Ellis

34. Dennis Santana, RHP
Age: 20 (DOB 04/12/1996)
A slender converted shortstop, Santana shows potential for plus stuff as a starter.  Santana throws hard enough to get strikeouts and keeps the ball down with his power sinker, producing a good amount of ground balls.  He hasn’t been pitching long but has flashed brilliance.  Likely a reliever, but if all goes well he could be a solid #3.  MLB Comparison – Yordano Ventura

35. Yaisel Sierra, RHP
Age: 25 (DOB 06/05/1991)
Sierra has done nothing but underwhelm since being signed to a large deal out of Cuba.  The problem lies with the Dodgers thinking Sierra is a starter, which he definitely is not.  His numbers improved once the moved him to the pen.  He can throw hard in short spurts, but lacks the control to be a dominant reliever.  MLB Comparison – Santiago Casilla

36. Brendon Davis, 3B
Age: 19 (DOB 07/28/1997)
The Dodgers finally did what many begged for since draft day….moved Davis off of SS to 3B.  Davis has plenty of athletic ability but shows a lack of polish and baseball instincts.  He has plenty of room to grow at only 19, but I don’t see him developing into much of a star.  He could be a solid defender at 3B with underwhelming hitting stats.  MLB Comparison – Adam Rosales

37. Leo Crawford, LHP
Age: 19 (DOB 02/02/1997)
Crawford is an undersized hard throwing lefty out of Nicaragua that has done nothing but exceed expectations.  He is undersized at only 6 feet tall, but has a power arm that produces strikeouts.  A lot of folks see him as a reliever, which could ultimately be his role.  I think he’s sturdy enough to become a #5 starter. MLB Comparison – Jorge De La Rosa


Tier 5:
38. Kyle Garlick, OF
Age: 24 (DOB 01/26/1992)
Garlick is a local boy out of La Habra in Orange County and attended Cal Poly Pomona, not too far from Dodger Stadium.  Garlick could find himself getting AB’s in LA sometime in 2017 if he keeps producing.  He is ultimately a solid 4th outfielder with the ability to mash LHP.  MLB Comparison – Steven Souza Jr.

39. Rob Segedin, 3B/OF
Age: 28 (DOB 11/10/1988)
Segedin got a nice quick dip in the show in 2016 and produced nice pinch hitting ability against LHP.  Not a defensive wizard but he can get the job done well enough to be a solid bench player.  MLB Comparison – Steve Pearce

40. Ronny Brito, SS
Age: 17 (DOB 03/22/1999)
WOW, 1999…that makes me feel, well old.  This CHILD, has a total package of tools.  He is a stud defender, with good speed and a good patience at the plate.  He walks a lot and strikes out a lot which shows me he may be too patient.  Brito will likely be a better real life player than fantasy, as I have doubt he’ll ever hit.  MLB Comparison – Adeiny Hechavarria

41. Brandon Montgomery, 2B
Age: 20 (DOB 02/12/1996)
Montgomery is what they call a “baseball player”.  He is gritty and does almost everything well, but nothing great.  He is the type of guy that should make it to the MLB for at least a quick dip.  He needs to develop a carrying tool that will keep him successful in the major leagues.  MLB Comparison – Stephen Drew

42. Erick Mejia, SS
Age: 22 (DOB 11/09/1994)
I know what the Dodgers were thinking when they acquired Mejia from Seattle.  Erick Aybar.  Aybar plays solid defense, so does Mejia.  Aybar has gap power, so does Mejia.  Aybar has decent speed, so does Mejia.  Aybar’s first name is Erick, so is Mejia’s.  If all goes well, they are the same person.  MLB Comparison – Erick Aybar.

43.  Ibandel Isabel, 1B
Age: 21 (DOB 06/20/1995)
Mr. II!  The kid is solid as a rock out of the DR.  He has done nothing but mash XBH and strikeout since making his pro debut.  Isabel needs to show willingness to draw a walk and cut down on the K’s to ever amount to anything.  He’s got a lot of work to do, but the tools are there.  MLB Comparison – Darin Ruf

44. Andrew Sopko, RHP
Age: 22 (DOB 08/07/1994)
An average innings eating type from the right side, Sopko is destined for a long relief role in the MLB if he ever makes it there.  He has decent control which could help him reach his goal as a major league pitcher. MLB Comparison – Joe Blanton

45. Carlos Rincon, OF
Age: 19 (DOB 10/04/1997)
Rincon is the only player I have ranked that I’ve literally never seen play in person or on video.  His stats in his first professional season are intriguing, as are the few things I’ve read about him.  He has a long way to go if he ever makes it in the show.  MLB Comparison – NONE

46.  Errol Robinson, SS
Age: 22 (DOB 10/01/1994)
Robinson was one of my favorite players coming out of the 2016 MLB draft, so I was stoked when the Dodgers selected him.  He is a small guy that plays solid and dependable defense at SS and all over the diamond.  That will end up being valuable if he can translate his bat to major league competition.  He should hit enough to be a back up SS.  MLB Comparison – Mike Aviles

47. Andre Scrubb, RHP
Age: 22 (DOB 01/13/1995)
Scrubb is a freaking large man, in fact he’s huge.  He has a good fastball with good command has been able to strikeout a lot of hitters while sustaining a low walk rate at every stop.  He’s also a hilarious man based on my research and videos I’ve watched.  He could be a nice mid relief arm that contributes holds and K’s.  MLB Comparison – Post Dodgers Jonathan Broxton

48. Tim Locastro, SS
Age: 24 (DOB 07/14/1992)
Locastro is a solid defender and a solid contact hitter. While he does not have enough power or speed to be anything special, he could be a solid source of OBP.  MLB Comparison – Darwin Barney

49. Scott Barlow, RHP
Age: 24 (DOB 12/18/1992)
If Barlow hadn’t had on and off arm troubles over the last few years, he’d be a lot higher in the rankings.  Barlow has a lanky body with a rigid delivery, but has produced decent MILB numbers.  He could contribute to an MLB squad as soon as late 2017 in a relief role.  MLB Comparison – Drew Hutchinson

50. Chris Anderson, RHP
Age: 24 (DOB 07/29/1992)
I couldn’t finish this list off without including former top 10 Dodger prospect Chris Anderson.  He still possesses more raw talent than most, but just can’t throw a strike….AT ALL.  I think the starting pitcher ship has sailed, but if he’s ever able to resemble any sort of control, he could be a solid back end reliever.  MLB Comparison – Ubaldo Jimenez

Keep in mind, these rankings had fantasy impact in mind primarily.  However, I did find that the rankings would have been pretty similar if I were ranking them based solely on real life MLB potential.  Please let me know what you think in the comments below, or contact me directly.  I hope you enjoyed!

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                  

11 Comments

  1. I was looking forward to seeing this list, and I think you are just about spot on with your rankings of the guys that played in Ogden last year. My only change would be swapping Isabel and Montgomery. Otherwise I like your list

  2. Rincon is interesting to me, I’d like to see what he does this year. I think he’s more of a strength guy than bat speed, so we’ll need to watch how he progresses up the ladder and if he can make enough contact for the raw power to play. Scouting reports on him are pretty sparse thus far.

    Hansen could shoot up lists if he performs again this year. Again, watching contact issues with him, as some sources have it as a bit of a longer swing.

  3. I THINK THAT IS VERY INTERESTING THE LIST AND VERY WELL THE COMPARISONS THE ONLY ONE THAT I DO NOT SEE PROPERTY IS THE LEVEL WHERE TO PUT ALVAREZ THINK THAT SHOULD DO MORE THING AND THAT WE WILL SEE THIS SEASON AND WHERE PUT DENNIS SANTANA RHP THAT WAS ALLSTAR AND WE WILL SEE THAT THIS SEASON DOES DUE THIS AMONG THE FIRST 30 THANKS

  4. I just discovered your site, and I really like the combination of depth and succinctness in these lists. Thanks.

    What do you think of new Dodger “prospect” Jose Miguel Fernandez?

    • Thanks for the comment! Fernandez is a curious case coming out of Cuba and not playing for two years, he’ll need time to adjust. I think he ultimately ends up a bench bat as he doesn’t have a carrying tool. He has little power, average speed. He has a good eye and is a solid contact hitter. I would have slotted him around #30 with upside of becoming an average starter if he adjusts to MLB life.

  5. Johan Mieses has been struggling big time so far in Rancho with an Avg of .068 and only 1 HR and a huge K rate, are you still as optimistic on his chances? Thanks

    • Thanks for the comment Barry. I was definitely the high guy on Mieses coming into the 2017 season. While its still a relatively small sample size, the K rate is a bit concerning. The power is obviously still there, so let’s see if he makes the necessary adjustments. Look for my updated Top 50 in the next couple of days.

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