DODGERS 2018 MINOR LEAGUE/PROSPECTS THREAD

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  1. ColoradoKidWitGame

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    I had a shit ton of driving today so I listened to the MinorLeagueBall podcast about our prospects... honestly it was 45 minutes and they talked about only a handful of prospects... tons of pointless filler. I will summarize what they said

    #8 Mitch White- I said this about his reports:
    Basically, John Sickels said the exact same thing. If White comes back next year throwing the way he did to end this season, he will shoot up to our #1 prospect by midseason. He is a B- prospect for the overall year and his injury track record, but his stuff at the end of the season was A grade worthy. He compared him to Walker Buehler a couple years ago where people said "there is no way he is this good off of TJ" and feels his ceiling is just as high. If White is finally right and this is the real Mitch White, the Dodgers would have another front of the rotation pitcher on their hands. Reminder, Keith Law was salivating over White's cutter/slider two camps ago.

    Unranked Carlos Rincon- This was a weird one in his books. Rincon looked lost at times last year in LoA and reports were awful, but during a late season promotion to HiA, he was an absolute wrecking machine. There are questions about who he truly is, but scouts that saw him at both levels said that they saw adjustments at the end of the season that have them thinking he could catapult to a top 10 prospect in the org if he starts off even at a more reasonable output instead of his HR every 1.9 game pace. Big time power with decent pitch recognition. Potential star if he is putting things together.

    #14 Drew Jackson- He has seen some changes made to his play where he thinks he will be a productive super utility guy. He said Drew is also so high as he has the makeup and athleticism to just one day figure it all out and take a big step up. He admitted that Jackson was honestly rated this high thanks to what Justin Turner, Chris Taylor and Max Muncy have done since joining the Dodgers org. He did say that this is the year it would need to happen as he is running out of time.

    #7 Will Smith- They think he is a first level catcher and they reiterated reports that I had seen that said he had run out of gas by the end of the season. They think he is probably more trade bait than anything since Keibert Ruiz exists.

    #6 Tony Gonsolin- They think they are the high guys in baseball on him, but they are giving him the bullish grade due to this dude handling everything the org has thrown at him and coming out much better than expected. He is supposedly incredibly athletic and some scouts that have seen him say he has 4 pitches that one time or another have flashed plus offerings. If he can continue to improve on those pitches, his ceiling is incredibly high. He is not there yet, but they are betting on his athleticism which is why his grade is as high as it is.

    #2 Gavin Lux- Sickels LOVED Lux, Dunn does not. They both see him as a power hitting 2B, but Sickels is much much higher on his hit tool. Dunn thinks his D is not going to be ok at either SS or 2B. Sickels said that there is growing belief that Lux will be able to stick at SS, but he is not going to be better than Seager at the position.

    #1 Alex Verdugo- The feeling that Dunn gets is that the Dodgers are going to move him. This is from there being continued reports about his personality, but Sickels said that he hears that those reports are overblown and truly questions the merit. Both think he has one of the best hit tools in MiLB and threw out an Andrew Benintendi comp, with a better arm(worse D though). Sickels thinks his power has emerged enough to make him an incredibly valuable hitter.


    https://www.minorleagueball.com/2018/11/12/18088804/los-angeles-dodgers-top-20-prospects-for-2019
     
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    I think Ruiz or Smith are gone. Never seen a scenario where two frontline catchers were held on to.
     
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    The team is rumored to regard Ruiz pretty highly, so I think he falls into the Seager, Bellinger, Buehler and Urias situation of untouchable. Smith had a great 2/3rd's of a season, but once again the issues with his ability or lack thereof to stay healthy a full season crept up. I could see the club being more willing to move Smith in the right deal.
     
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    Jordan Sheffield waited until the last game of the AFL to give up his first run and ended up costing the Desert Dogs their season. Reports on Sheffield were still very positive and this came in from Statcast today where he threw 4 of the 10 highest spin rate curve balls.

    "Sheffield's (Dodgers' No. 26) best curveballs trailed Thornton's only slightly in terms of spin rate, and he showed the ability to set up the pitch with a fastball that was consistently 96-97 mph out of the bullpen."
     
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    I honestly don't listen to any. That one for minorleagueball.com was the only one that I had in probably a year or two and that was only cause I knew I had an hour of driving ahead of me and it came across my twitter feed on my way out the door. I have XM, so I usually just listen to MLB Radio. Sorry I can't be of better help.
     
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    You don't need to listen to podcasts.
    Podcasts need to listen to you.
     
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    I'd listen.
     
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    I would too.
     
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    Add some stripper interviews (like when Stern was funny in the old days) and I'll listen, too.
     
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    some TB collabs would be dope too
     
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    Or a combo show of 4 segments.

    Segment 1 analysis of players/teams
    Segment 2 memes
    Segment 3 updates on prospects
    Segment 4 long form story/rant
     
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    OF Jacob Scavuzzo announced that he’s joined the Padres organization. Scavuzzo was an intriguing Dodgers prospect after the 2015 season, but has never been able to truly capitalize on that breakout year. A lot of talent, but never able to put it all together. Now heads to SD to be with the scouting director who drafted him.
     
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    There has been a lot of chatter about the guys the Dodgers DIDN'T protect for the Rule 5 Draft in the MiLB world. I've seen a few different folks that think 1B/3B Connor Joe and UTL Drew Jackson both look like guys that could potentially stick at the end of a bench this season, while RHP Stetson Allie and his 102 MPH fastball getting a shot for a team not looking to win now. The thing that is growing worrisome is that the team did not protect 3B Cristian Santana. Santana has been slower to develop, but has still shown the skill-set to be an impactful MLB regular. He went into last season as many folks pick to being the next Dodgers star, but fell pretty flat until starting to put things together with a massive final month and a half. There are murmurs now that a couple teams have targeted him as a draft and stash with the potential that he has displayed. If he is snagged by another organization and stowed at the end of a bench in 2019, that would be a very disappointing loss for the franchise, in my opinion.
     
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    The Top 25 Prospects from the AFL, not really a surprise to see Keibert Ruiz make it. Dodgers elected to not send more than Ruiz from our intriguing prospect field. Jordan Sheffield had a solid run as he adapts to the pen. Only one reliever in the league made the list and it was a guy who just flat out dominated and he came in at #23, so not easy to crack in relief. Another dude who is a starter was used out of the pen that came in at 24, but he is likely to still be used as a starter for now.

    9. Keibert Ruiz, C, Glendale (Dodgers No. 2)
    Ruiz's Fall League season ended two weeks early when he left to deal with a death in his family, but before he departed he showed why he's one of the game's best catching prospects. He's a switch-hitter who can handle the bat from both sides of the plate, should grow into power and owns solid receiving skills.
     
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    in your opinion ckwg, how far away is ruiz?
    later this year, one year, two years?
    imagine it really plays into who friedman & co go after and how long
    thanks man
     
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    I would guess that we see him this year in September since he is on the 40 man now, but I would not be surprised if he's not up again til late 2020 after that and more of a regular in 2021. Catchers are notoriously slower to develop, so I could see the club using that excuse to keep him down longer so that they can get control of another year of his prime. He had a very good year in AA for his age and position, but it was still a bit away from it being the impact type of bat that the club is hoping for as there are still concerns about his power. I could see him getting April and May in Tulsa again with the promotion to OKC after that, or they may just go ahead and get him to AAA right away, but I think they may want to give Will Smith a solid look in OKC first. Either way, he is likely in for the Alex Verdugo treatment of mostly 2 years in AAA, which would probably be the best course for both the club and the player. Obviously this changes if he has a monster year in 2019 and turns up the power.
     
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    Really interesting article today from The Athletic about RHP prospect Marshall Kasowski. He was in a very serious car crash in college that threw off is career. He luckily walked away with only a concussion and the later need to remove his gallbladder after being hit from behind in his truck by another vehicle traveling over 100 MPH. He has used that to push him to never give up and to work incredibly hard at what he has done. Seems hyper-focused on improving his game and enjoyed a breakout season in 2018.

    Something that is interesting in the article is it talks about his FB and why the Dodgers thought it was a truly special pitch. It is a true rising fastball with incredible deception, which is why even though he works in the low-mid 90's, he generates a ton of swing and miss. His marks on his offspeed pitches are low, but he talked about the development of his change as the season progressed and how he and the club recognizes that it too has a lot of deception to it. If he can develop those pitches a little better and fill the strike zone more, dude should be in the bigs this season.
     
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    The way you're describing his fastball reminds me of Sid Fernandez'.

    Hopefully his belly is nothing like El Sid's.
     
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    So Lux has moved into MLB.com's Top 100 specs? Guess that happened a couple months ago, but I just now noticed because of this Jose Abreu rumor. Great leap for him this past season
     

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