DODGERS 2018 MINOR LEAGUE/PROSPECTS THREAD

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    After the first weekend, here are some of the early results from Dodgers prospects
    Keibert Ruiz 3-9, 2 BB, 0 K's
    Jared Walker 1-7, HR, BB, 3 K's
    Errol Robinson 2-4, 2B, SB
    Cody Thomas 3-13, 2B, SB, 4 K's


    Jordan Sheffield 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
    Andre Scrubb 2.1 IP, 4 H, 0 K's, 2 BB, 1ER
    Ben Holmes 3 IP, 3 H, 4 K's, 1 BB

    I don't really have a firm grasp of why the team elected to send Ben Holmes to the AFL as he is way older than the competition at 27 years of age. This is usually used for teams to test their top prospects against more MLB caliber talent and though Holmes has had success since joining the org in, it is not like he has looked like the second coming either. Would have thought that May or White were due for some more innings here, so it is still a bit odd that they sent him, imo.

    Keibert Ruiz is obviously the big name to watch here. He turned in a solid season for his age, but I would consider it a bit of a letdown year. He started to catch on later in the season, so continuing that run here in front of a lot more scouts could get a little more helium back in his balloon.

    Cody Thomas is kind of a DJ Peters lite. He doesn't have the raw talent that Peters possesses, but he does have the tools to be an interesting potential MLB'er. He is coming off of a solid season in Rancho and has garnered some interest from scouting services leading up to the AFL.

    Andre Scrubb is coming off of a strong finish in Rancho and Tulsa after a rough start in Great Lakes(these words are hardly ever said together in regards to pitchers). I don't know much about Scrubb other than he was probably drafted for his size as he is BIG dude at 6'4" 265 lbs. He did not possess much of a FB when he was drafted, so I am interested to see if that has improved. Also, the kid has a pretty great personality.

    Jordan Sheffield is to me, the second most important player in this group. His introduction to professional ball has been quite the uphill battle. Armed with some of the best pure stuff in the draft a couple of years ago, Sheffield has completely fallen on his face while nearly every other top arm in the org around him has at least seen some stretches of success. Sheffield has been a mess, whether it has been mildly pedestrian K numbers, high WHIP or worrisome HR numbers, but the org continued to roll him out as starter when every scout in the world said he needed to go back to the pen.The club finally did the deed mid season and saw a bit of a turnaround. He had one truly awful outing, but was otherwise meh to decent the rest of the time. If he can ever harness his stuff, he is a true 8th-9th inning guy with 3+ pitches including an upper 90's fastball. A movement back towards what he should be would add two very intriguing bullpen arms for the Dodgers in the 2nd half of next season along with Marshall Kasowski.
     
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    Final tally in the division of Top 100 prospects on MLB.com
    Padres: 10!!!
    Dodgers: 4
    Rockies: 3
    Giants: 2
    D'Backs: 2

    Other contenders
    Braves: 10
    Cardinals: 3
    Phillies: 3
    Nats: 3
    Cubs: 1
    Brewers: 1
     
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    C-Kid ... didn't you post yesterday that the Stros are 'deep' with young talent? Why aren't they on this list?

    Just asking.
     
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    He posted NL teams the Astros have 2-3 top prospects
     
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    Ooops.... sorry. My mistake.
     
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    As VRP said, I left off the AL, just felt it’d be a little much. The Astros have 4 top 100 prospects. We saw one last night, Josh James and he’s tough to project due to the rapid/huge uptick in his stuff. What they do have are two top 10 prospects in the upper minors and that is what I was talking about in terms of scary players on the way. One is Kyle Tucker and he’s an OF’er with star skills with the stick and could be a corner OF’er for them soon. The other player is Forrest Whitely and I’ve seen more than a couple folks that think he’s the best pitcher in the minors with ace potential. That part sucks, though the next couple years could see Keuchel, Morton, Verlander and Cole all walk of the org decides not to send any cash.








    I don’t want to talk about the other guy in the top 100. I’ll just say he’s a sweet swinging 1B they acquired for Josh Fucking Fields
     
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    Wow. I should research edu memos like you research baseball prospects. Very good intel, brother.

    As for Yordan, chin up. Maybe he'll be the Cuban Greg Brock.
     
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    Not gonna do a big write up, but the Dodgers players aren't doing a whole lot. Ruiz is continuing to look like a high contact plus decent walk rate guy, which like Verdugo is something many of us are clamoring for. Though also like Verdugo, the power has not shown up. Ben Holmes continues to put up decent numbers. Sheffield has only thrown 3 innings in relief, but has given up only 1 H and K'd 3. PLEASE BE GOOD.

     
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    But can he catch the ball?
     
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    Yes, his defense was already decent and I have heard the feeling is that he took a step forward this year.
     
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    Awesome!
    Can he start in the World Series for us right now?
     
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    Sheffield and Ruiz continue to be the only Dodgers players really doing anything great in the AFL and are also the organizations players invited to the Fall Stars. Sheffield has put up 6 scoreless frames on 3 hits, 5 K's and NO walks. While Ruiz has hit for average and gotten on base at a good clip, but hitting for absolutely no power. He has also K'd only twice in 47 PA's which is damn impressive for his age and level of the competition. If the power never comes, Ruiz could still show to be a valuable offensive weapon.

    Now going back to Sheffield, this is where things get interesting. He has the stuff to be a #2 starter, but his command/control has not worked and some of that stuff just hasn't played up as well at starter than it has shown it could be out of the pen. I have gotten no real updates on Sheffield other than he has looked "impressive" during his run in the AFL. Scouts and prospect services still feel that he is probably a back end reliever that could be a closer if everything clicks. He possesses 3 plus pitches as it is, including an upper 90's FB. The Dodgers have some interesting prospects that should contribute to the big club in 2019(Verdugo, Santana, May, Rios, White, Gonsolin, Kasowski and Smith), but outside of maybe Verdugo you could argue that the one that could hold potentially the greatest impact would be a potential reaching Jordan Sheffield. The bullpen has been the achilles heal the last two World Series runs for the Dodgers and adding Sheffield at his potential would be a massive upgrade the second half of the season. Fingers crossed that this is the start of this kid finally figuring things out.
     
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    ^GREAT stuff as usual. Sheffield as a reliever has great potential.
     
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    Here is a fresh report on Jordan Sheffield. Looks good, his view on Sheff's change being behind his curve is different than some other reports I had heard earlier on in his career. Wonder if it has more to do with him overthrowing it a bit in relief.
    https://2080baseball.com/reports/jordan-sheffield-2/
     
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    Keibert Ruiz drew some positive reviews from his clutch AB in the Fall Stars game. Chris Blessing with Baseball HQ is going over some of his findings and just posted this

    "My favorite defenders I saw in the AFL were #Dodgers catcher Keibert Ruiz and #Braves OF Cristian Pache. Plus-plus defenders. Both a joy to watch on defense."

    In regards to question about his arm:
    "Mechanically sound. It’s fringe-average to below average strength. However, the pops have been good."

    That is some high praise as defense was something that Ruiz was said to be advanced at for his age, but still lacking. With his bat to ball skills, if this report were to play out, Ruiz is probably not going to be tradeable in the mind of the FO.....


    His advanced D skills could also mean he is MLB ready sooner than later...
     
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    A family emergency has pulled Keibert Ruiz from the AFL. His season is over.
     
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    Very positive. One of the things that stood out to me was his review of White. If is velo is back and he can keep it that way, his ceiling is probably the highest of any of the soon to be ready pitchers on farm, imo. His cutter being viewed as 70/80 grade pitch in the eyes of some around the scouting world is a big reason for that feeling. Now... he needs to prove he can keep that mid-upper 90's velo and still have the movement on that pitch for that to happen. Something he has just never been able to do is stay healthy long enough to really show it all off.
     
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    full write up to doughty's post for those too lazy to click the link...

    Analyzing the Dodgers’ Minor League Catchers
    by Tim Rogers | Dodgers Nation — 11 November 2018

    As the Dodgers enter the off-season moving towards the 2019 season the biggest question mark revolves around the catchers. Yasmani Grandal is a free agent (he could return) and Austin Barnes forgot how to hit. Even if Grandal comes back for a year the catching situation at the Major League level is a major question mark going forward. However, as many know, there is good news; the Dodgers have some amazing catchers in the minors. We will go over some of the main prospects and, maybe, some you haven’t heard of. I was able to speak with the Rancho Cucamonga Manager the last 3 years, Drew Saylor, about the guys that he’s had and was alerted to some by @RaptorsStringer.

    Keibert Ruiz – age 20, Tulsa (AA), ETA 2020
    I was able to see some of Ruiz during the season a bit with the MiLB First Pitch application on my iPhone. However, when I saw him on the MLB Network in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) All-Star game I saw a smooth handler of pitches and some good approaches at the plate. On the offensive side, Drew Saylor spoke of his cleanness of the swing with a bat/ball approach resembling Victor Martinez (a hero of Ruiz – both switch hitters). Defensively, Saylor spoke of his soft hands, tools and baseball intelligence. In some reviews I’ve read about Ruiz there needs to be some improvement in his throwing. To get a good glimpse of the type of character and work ethic Ruiz has, read about his unlikely family.



    Will Smith – age 23, Oklahoma City (AAA), ETA mid-2019
    I have not been able to get any up close action of Smith. Offensively, it seems he struggles a bit at different times. AAA was extra tough on him as indicated by his slash line of .138/.206/.218/.425. However, in AA his slash line was .264/.358/.532/.890. Defensively, Drew Saylor raved about his “electric arm”, continued improvement in his receiving, his blocking is strong and his catch and throw is “elite”. Offensively, Saylor spoke about how he has grown a lot. That really began to show in AA as he hit 19 homers in just 265 at-bats. I hope he can cut down on his strikeouts. As with many Dodgers, versatility is valued and Smith plays a pretty good third base and can even play second in a pinch. He also has above average sprint speed. Here is a story about his Rookie Career Development Program experience. We all know what we really want, Will Smith (the lefty) facing our Will Smith. It could happen as early as 2019.



    Connor Wong – age 22, Rancho Cucamonga (A), ETA late-2020
    Wong, like Will Smith, is a versatile player who has good speed also. He started his college career as a shortstop and learned how to catch after his freshman year. Drew Saylor spoke of his ability to play a quality second and third base. He played a lot of second base when I saw him play and he looks excellent at that position. As a catcher, Saylor spoke of him having soft hands, a good grasp on game calling and an improving transfer when throwing out base stealers. Saylor also said he’s a steady leader, which is important for a catcher. On the offensive side, Saylor cited that Wong made a lot of strides later in the season to be a key contributor during the stretch drive. Wong got off to a hot start with a lot of homers but hit a slump. He seems to be a grinder with excellent athletic ability. I would not be surprised if he plays a lot of second base at the Major League level, given how much talent there is at the catching position.



    Steve Berman – Age 23, Rancho Cucamonga (A), ETA 2021
    Berman might be someone you’ve not heard of but I was impressed with him. Drew Saylor called him a “glue guy” who was excellent for the team culture. As I observed, the team culture for the Quakes was amazing and Berman was a big part of it. He seemed to be the funniest guy on the team also. Berman’s season started slowly as he was off and on the disabled list 4 times through July 5th. He was able to make some key contributions during clutch times once he came back. Offensively, Saylor spoke of his knowledge of the situation, taking professional at-bats and was well prepared. From a defensive perspective, he receives well and calls a good game. He’s a student of the game and showed great improvement from 2017 to 2018. With some health, he will get a lot of playing time in 2019 and will make some big strides. Given his personality and preparation habits, he can be in this game for a long time past his playing career. Here is an interview of Steve with Steve Douglas:



    Ramon Rodriguez – age 20, Great Lakes (low A), ETA 2022
    Rey-Rey started the season with Great Lakes but was sent down to Ogden. Offensively, he’s someone who will take a walk and had some nice overall batting numbers in 2017. My source, @RaptorsStringer says that his caught stealing percentage was 36% which is not too bad. Rodriguez has an opportunity to move up in 2019 and I would not be surprised to see him in Rancho Cucamonga soon.



    Marco Hernandez – age 20, Ogden (rookie), ETA 2022
    Another tip from Joe @RaptorsStringer, Hernandez has some nice offensive numbers. He’s got some height at 6’2” but is built more like an infielder. This might be a player to keep our eyes on.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ETu5z9E_Bo

    Diego Cartaya – age 17, did not play, ETA mid-2021
    Cartaya, by many accounts, was the top international prospect of the 2018 signing period. He’s already 6’2” and weighs around 200 pounds. According to MiLB he’s very advanced defensively and has a mature approach at the plate. He’s shown a willingness to go to the opposite field and could be more of a higher average hitter than a power hitter.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqZ8WW3tFtI

    Summary
    Drew Saylor told me that he thinks catchers have a 3-fold difficulty than other positions players. They get beat up more than anyone else and are on-field leaders. The Dodgers do have an amazing set of prospects at the catching position. It is something to be excited about but the Dodgers have a hole there for 2019. Who steps in and fills that hole?

     
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