DODGERS 2019 MINOR LEAGUE/PROSPECTS THREAD

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  1. Go Dodgers

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    You're right. Seems they signed Pollock to try to appease the fanbase after passing on Harper. May not have been the case, but it sure looked that way.
     
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    I was honestly shocked last off-season when the Dodgers played it so quietly. Their farm was getting to the overflow point where they had enough guys on the cusp that were valuable MLB pieces that they could have used to get someone that was of a larger impact variety. Instead they made one fantastic trade that added more MiLB depth and then signed a mediocre injury plagued OF’er for money that could have been better spent elsewhere(to be fair, he’s been great lately at least).

    This year, they will need to do something as the amount of talent/depth is going to be overwhelming and almost unnecessary. Edwin Rios, Chris Taylor, Kyle Garlic, Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes and Matt Beaty should probably be starters for second tier teams. With guys like DJ Peters, Keibert Ruiz and Jeter Downs likely entering the fold next year as well. My guess is that a year from Free Agency, Joc will ask to be given a shot to play everyday, or get traded somewhere he can. With Hill and Ryu’s contracts over, will the club look to add a big arm to pair with Buehler at the top of the rotation?

    I feel we are going to fall short and this offseason will tell me how much the FO truly cares about winning it all. They need their Fred McGriff, go out and fucking get him.
     
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    It's clear they only care about butts in seats, but don't they have to sign someone every once in a while to at least give the appearance they're trying to win? Would rather they not waste money on fringe journeymen like AJ Pollock and save up for actual impact players who could make a difference. I doubt there's anyone outside of Pollock's family who believe he's enough to push LA over the top.
     
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    I mean, we have seen flashes of superstar Pollock in seasons before and he has quietly been a monster since the ASB(when healthy), but he really wasn’t the player that this team needed. They should have put the funds to better use and tried to pair Kimbrel with Jansen. I don’t care that he’s hurt now, that’s what happens when you’re a pitcher and you fucking miss ST. Or they could have left the finances open and acquired a RH OF bat at the deadline. Castellanos sure woulda looked good in our lineup and not cost 15M in AAV over 5 seasons, well into his descent. They’ve basically painted themselves into a corner now, win the WS this year, or pay the fuck up this offseason and get a star or two to lead these guys.
     
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    Feels like I say that at least once every couple weeks..why hasn't Braves' guy Kasten landed our Crime Dog McGriff to get us over the top? A star in his prime with staying power. Granted, the Braves traded for McGriff, but it's ultimately the same deal. Braves were on the 1 yard, like the Dodgers have been for the last 4 or so years.

    And now, it looks like we're going to sit through Arenado trade rumors this winter ( and probably watch the Dodgers sit out of those talks, if they happen)..Rosenthal throwing it out there.
     
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    If Arenado does in fact demand a trade, I’d bet he’d say Dodgers, Angels, Yanks, Sox, Astros and MAYBE the Braves. Yanks, Sox and Astros don’t have room for him, Braves may choose to go with Austin Reilly, leaving the Dodgers and Angels his two most viable options. Doubt the Rox would want to trade him to LA as that would leave a huge scarlet letter on this FO if he lead us to a WS championship. With the Angels being pretty weak on the farm, it could make it tough for the Dodgers to realistically sit that out.
     
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    For sure. Arenado has the heart of a winner. Has the right approach, sets the right tone as a leader. They just lack talent.

    Angels do lack trade chips, but I think we can safely assume that Moreno will be looking to give Trout/Ohtani some high level help.

    As for the Yanks, I wouldn't count them out. Plenty of Arenado/Yanks smoke before signed his deal. I know Urshela is having a strong year at the plate, but he's not Arenado defensively. Not even close, really. Arenado has a captain-like mindset..think he would fit very well there
     
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    Don't leave Rendon out of your 3B discussion. All he would cost is $$$.
     
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  9. ColoradoKidWitGame

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    My only thing about the Yanks is that they do have one big long term contract and a second one on the way in Judge. Could they afford it? Absofuckinglutely, but they’ve also built up a strong team in the field and an incredible bullpen with a putrid starting rotation. I just think if they move assets at this point it would be to try and nab some starting pitching.
     
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    I'm with you, they definitely need starting pitching more than anything. But if those opportunities don't line up for them, would they upgrade at 3B for their 1st real IF captain since Jeter? I think it'd be on the table. It's the Yankees. They're not taking shit lying down over there. It's not enough to just win division titles there. In some form or fashion, they'll be aggressive..especially if they fall short in OCT. They've got the money and aren't shy about it. They are definitely a team that'll drop a money bag on a guy and then ship him out a couple years later to make room or give themselves payroll relief..in the name of a WS title
     
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    Interesting write up on the Dodgers AZL guys. I have seen from multiple different outlets that the feelings on Cartaya and De Jesus are that they’re both potential superstars. Keith Law said that Cartaya paired with Smith have already shown enough that it makes sense to trade Keibert Ruiz(I don’t agree with that anymore). De Jesus is not getting the same publicity that his fellow signee is, but reviews have been incredibly positive. Expectations are that Cartaya will break into the top 100 at some point next season.

    https://www.prospectslive.com/live-looks/2019/9/12/azl-notes-los-angeles-dodgers
     
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    Dodgers reportedly " covet " Anthony Rendon.

    Is that Rendon's agent leaking info for leverage against the Nats/Mets this winter? Is it Dodgers leaking info to set leverage against the ROX for the Arenado trade talks this winter? Was this leaked in order to prepare JT for his move to 1B? All of the above, or none? Or maybe this old news? Don't really know what to make of it, but smart money says we end up with neither
     
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    This is old news that Olney is bringing back up. There were rumors that the Dodgers were said to covet Arenado and to a lesser extent, Rendon well before last offseason began which got all sorts of "see they don't want to spend money" headlines from fans that thought the plan was to get Bryce or Machado last year when the real financial drop-offs happened this offseason. I had heard that they were thinking plan A. Arenado, B. was Rendon and if they missed on both, sit tight and go hard after Trout and Betts in 2021. Extensions are cutting those opportunities way down, so they will need to start doing something if and when they fall short again this year.
     
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    Gotcha. I remember the Arenado rumors, but not the Rendon rumors. We saw the cracks in JT's defense by the end of last season. Probably safe to say it's a full fledged decline at this point, but it looks like the bat will still play at 1B. So who's getting squeezed? Muncy moving to LF? Muncy trade?
     
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    Couple of MiLB Updates:

    • Baseball America named Gavin Lux player of the year.
    • MLB Pipeline updated their Top 100 for a final time. Lux is now #2, May #33, Ruiz #34, Gray #76 and Downs #88. Smith and Verdugo graduated
    • None of the Dodgers affiliates won their leagues in postseason play as the Drillers lost on a 9th inning grand slam in the AA championship deciding game.
    AAA- Did not make playoffs. Only affiliate to come in under .500
    AA- Lost in Championship
    HiA- Lost in Semi-Finals
    LoA- Lost in Championship
    Rook- Lost in Championship
    AZL Mota- Lost in First Round
    AZL Lasorda- Did not make playoffs
    DSL Shoemaker - Did not make playoffs
    DSL Bautista- Did not make playoffs

    That is a great year again for Dodgers affiliates. Last year, the story was how much talent was knocking on the door. Going into next season we will start to see a more steady stream of readiness as the talent is much more spread out than in years past. The Dodgers current Top 15 will likely look like this in the spring:
    Lux- MLB
    May- MLB
    Ruiz- AAA
    Gray - AA
    Downs - AA
    Gonsolin - AAA
    Hoese - Hi or Lo A
    Busch - LoA
    White - AAA
    Santana - AAA
    Cartaya - LoA
    Peters - AAA
    Amaya- HiA
    Grove - HiA
    Estevez - AAA

    So a good mix of ready, almost there and another couple of years away. Don't expect this to be our top 30 at the start of season as there are a number of guys outside this list that had very impressive seasons.
     
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    Looks like they're prepping these kids nicely... should be an easy adjustment to the big league club.
     
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    A lot of the clubs top prospects currently on the roster were among the 2018 AA champion Tulsa Drillers.
     
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    First game of the AFL season
    Jeren Kendal hit a HR in his first game!!!!………………………………… and struck in the other 3 at bats.
    Gerardo Carrillo went 3 innings, giving up only 2 hits and striking out 2 as well.
     
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    Vargas should see a big jump. The top 5 should include Ruiz, Downs, Cartaya, Gray, Vargas. The first three are definitely top 100 prospects for me. Lists may not include Cartaya due to his age/small sample, but based on his tools, potential, and production (in limited time), he belongs. You can argue Top 100 status for the latter two. Considering Lux, May, Smith, and Gonsolin all graduated, it is quite the accomplishment that we still may have 3-5 top 100 prospects.
     
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    Lux won't graduate this year and the only way May and Gonsolin will is if they hit a service time number which I am not sure they will. I agree that Vargas will move up, but he is probably not cracking the current top 7 or 8 just cause his power is not there yet. If his power shows up next year, I totally will be on the same page and agree that he is a top 5 guy. If he can't start to develop that loft here soon, his chances of being an impact player are greatly diminished since defensively he is very mediocre and is destined for 1B/3B. I'd argue him and Cartaya have the highest ceilings of the lower level dudes as that swing is sure beautiful.
     

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