Discussion in 'Los Angeles DODGERS' started by ColoradoKidWitGame, Jan 4, 2019.
Begs the question.....was he worthy of a first round pick?
He was at the time, but has shown no ability to adjust after falling from his original 1-1 position.
Kinda been busy, but BA's Top Positional Prospects
19. Caleb Ferguson
The Padres(4 in top 16) and Braves(4 in top 32) are fucking LOADED here, but the rest of the 40 is fairly AL heavy. 1 from the Rockies in at 38, none from the D'Backs or Giants.
12. Edwin Rios
The Rockies had two guys in the top 11 and of the 3 BA writers, one or the other was selected as their 2019 breakout candidate.
11. Jeter Downs
None for 3B, not surprising with Rios listed at 1B
7. Gavin Lux
4. Alex Verdugo
38. DJ Peters
29. Dustin May
45. Dennis Santana
56. Tony Gonsolin
66. Mitchell White
Dodgers coming in at #9 for BA's Top Org rankings, which is the same as last year. Padres were not surprisingly #1, D'Backs #21, Rox #24 and Giants #28. Braves(#4) and Reds(#8) are the only other NL teams ahead of them. Some others of note, the Astros came in at #5 led by two of the top prospects in the game, the Cards were #10 and no other NL contender came before #17 with the Cubs at #29.
Something that is interesting to me is that you could argue that the Dodgers and Astros are the only teams until #19 to have a foundation of solid young players already in the bigs. The Braves being included in that for me is still an ehhh..... They have Acuna who is great, but Albies, Swanson and Newcomb are just so so due to some mediocre offense from the first two and so far meh returns from Sean.
Dodgers are likely to climb this list next season as most of their top prospects are not expected to exhaust their service time this year besides Verdugo.
Great work as usual. Can you see a September call up for a Ruiz or Smith? Probably asked and answered but I'll try.
Some FanGraphs stuff mentioning Dodgers prospects:
(They rave about Dustin May and to an extent Gavin Lux in the chat)
By most accounts, Smith is ready now. They just want to iron out some flaws in his swing and see if they can turn him into something more than an all or nothing hitter. There are a lot of people that think Ruiz will be ready and since he is on the 40 Man plus also a catcher, I have a hard time not seeing him come up in September for a safety net at least. I just think the team is going to give Barnes and then if necessary Smith, plenty of chances to prove themselves before calling up Keibert. There are also a lot of grumblings that he is too aggressive at the dish at present and will need to learn to be a bit more selective.
I feel FG has long been in love with May for a while now. I keep seeing people cap him out as a mid-rotation starter and that sorta baffles me. He's big, his stuff has taken sizeable steps forward every year and he is still pretty young, For a guy that is as tall as he is, to be this advanced already is incredibly rare. He may never light up the radar gun with triple digits, but if he can live in those mid 90's with that spin rate and continues on his trajectory, the Dodgers could have a 1-2 punch here real soon that could carry an aging Kershaw.
Honestly, it was worth a gamble. Before his injury he was regarded as a top 10 talent by most scouts. Dodgers have had a lot of success picking guys like that (see Walker Buehler).
Yeah, I completely agree. I know a lot of folks thought he could be a monster if he could figure things out at the plate. Just pretty frustrating that with all that talent, he still struggles to work out the kinks. Hard to see the light flicking on at this point.
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