Discussion in 'Los Angeles DODGERS' started by ColoradoKidWitGame, Jan 4, 2019.
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None of the Dodgers prospects are really making waves in the AFL this year. This is not a complete shock as the team elected to not really send their biggest potential star prospects. Mitch White, Jeren Kendall and Omar Estevez all have seen some time with mixed results, but I would not be shocked if they are there to get some looks from other teams for potential deals this offseason.
- Mitch White had a rough first outing, but seems to have settled in with 3 straight scoreless relief appearances. He has been moved to a full time pen role in the AFL for the first time, so that could be interesting to watch going forward.
- Brett de Geus is continuing a fantastic second season with the org by putting together 5 scoreless outings and only giving up two hits in 6.1 IP, K'ing 7 and 1 BB.
- The biggest news in regards to the clubs prospects is that they have added Michael Busch to the roster this past week. Staying on brand, Busch has walked 4 times in 8 plate appearances.
- Marshall Kasowski is back from injury and after a rough introduction to the league, he too has settled in with 4 straight scoreless outing. The big knock on Kasowski is that he has NO secondary pitches. He does all his damage with a fastball that gets some 70 grades for the pure deception of it as he has the axe thrower delivery. He has got to get a second pitch going as a 50+ grade from a secondary would push Kasowski into a legit back end of the bullpen role. Otherwise he is a low-leverage reliever.
- Carrillo was used in relief for only the second time in his last outing that resulted in at least one 100 MPH reading.
Some AFL and overall Prospect Notes:
- Jeren Kendall had a great final month in HiA and in a recent piece from MiLB.com they talk about how he finally started feeling more comfortable at the plate with his new swing. He is not setting the world on fire by any stretch in the AFL, but it is important to remember that he is facing the best competition he has seen to date and somewhat hanging in there. The Dodgers said that his rebuild could take multiple years, so I am seeing if he shows the same off-season dedication he did last year.
- Brett de Geus made another scoreless appearance since the last update.
- Carillo moved back into a starter role this past week and threw a decent 4 innings of scoreless ball. He was battling command issues all night, but was working around 97 with the FB which got some attention.
- Michael Busch is starting to get a decent bit of attention. He has shown a solid grasp of the strike zone and barreled up his first HR of his pro career yesterday. These guys do not play every night so they are not getting a ton of AB's. So far he is 3-9 with 8 walks. He is also getting some high marks for his D at 2B. This was a question mark when he was drafted as he was a CIF throughout college and did not have a ton of experience at 2B.
This past Dodgers draft is going to be an interesting one to watch play out. The '16 draft is highly regarded and talked about extensively in the MiLB world as it produced Lux, May, Gonsolin, White, Smith, Peters and Sheffield. The '19 draft is already garnering some attention and I am getting very excited about some of the things I am hearing. Hoese and Busch both look like they will be able to hold their own with a bat, while Ryan Pepiot showed better than originally advertised stuff once joining the org. The big question mark now will be what happens with Jimmy Lewis going forward. The 6-6 right hander has all the ingredients to be a dominating force if he can stay healthy. Not a bad start for the Dodgers 2019 draft picks.
The FINAL final Top 100 for 2019 has come out from Baseball America and it now has a few Dodgers break ins. Will Smith has officially graduated, but there are some new entries to the list.
The Dodgers draft report card also came out and here are a couple of the ones that really got me excited to read!
Best Fastball: RHP Nick Robertson(7) sits 94-96 mph and his fastball gets on hitters quickly with his plus deception. Robertson hides the ball well behind his 6-foot-6, 265-pound frame, preventing hitters from picking the ball up until it’s too late.
Best Pro Debut: RHP Mitchell Tyranski(12) struck out 40 of the 77 batters he faced in the Rookie-level Arizona and Pioneer leagues. His curveball was his swing-and-miss pitch in relief and is the best breaking ball in the Dodgers’ draft class.
Closest To The Majors: 3B Kody Hoese’s(1) feel for hitting, above-average power, average speed and solid defense makes him a well-rounded player with few weaknesses. The Dodgers believe that will allow him to conquer the minors quickly.
Baseball America is saying that the Dodgers have found themselves another late round gem. Brett de Geus had a dominant performance in the AFL after doing just as much across both A levels this year. He was moved out of the rotation and his stuff took a LEAP forward. He has 3 legit pitches out of the pen including a mid-upper 90's fastball, a cutter that moves like a slider and a curve. They think he could move quickly here on out due to his advanced control of his pitches.
There was an interesting series of tweets last night that showed up in my timeline and they were about Josiah Gray. They compared Gray to some of the best pitchers in baseball in 2019 and how his peripherals lined up with them. Basically how he does not give up hard contact, his strike out rate is very high and he also limits his walks. Gray gave up only 3 HR's in 2019 and all were at the HiA level against Lancaster. So one team seemed to have his number moreso than others, but he also faced that team 5 times in a 40 day stretch which allows for some serious familiarity for the hitters. Even with all that, he never gave up more than 3 runs in a single outing and has garnered a lot of interest in the scouting world. This report said that Gray should already be a Top 50 prospect due to his + command/control of two pitches and said that his slider is probably a 60 grade pitch in the future. With his relative newness to pitching, he will be very interesting to watch this season as he enters year 2 with the club. This piece concluded that he is probably now at a #2 starter upside and has a higher ceiling than Dustin May.... who was a pitcher that this guy also REALLY likes. It will be interesting to see if Gray becomes the new untouchable, though I don't think that is hard to do now with the massive amount of depth on the farm and at the big league level already.
Also, the top position performers list came out today for the Dodgers. A few AAAA, MiLB depth guys and MLB bench bats on this list, but there are also some of our top prospects and some young guys to watch. Andy Pages is one of those names in 2020 as some people feel that he is the next monster bat to come up the system. At 18 years old, he absolutely CRUSHED his way through Ogden.
Some folks are chiming in about this report and the feelings are that the Dodgers system is once again absolutely stacked with talent. Even with expected big name graduations, there looks to be pop ups from potential star level talent. Downs & Gray were big leapers this year, but Vargas, Pages, Busch, Hoese, Cartaya and a couple of other intriguing 2019 draft picks could make waves again in 2020. Most of these guys are projected to be solid/above average regulars without a real superstar in the bunch. Pages seems to have the tool set to be the biggest potential monster in the system.
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