DODGERS 2019 MINOR LEAGUE/PROSPECTS THREAD

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  1. ColoradoKidWitGame

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    I am trying to hold back from getting too out in front of my ski's, but the growing light that we could have 4 front of the rotation, MLB ready, power arms all under the age of 25 anchoring Kershaw by seasons end is exciting.
     
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    I'm chubbing up and that's saying something these days.
     
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    No need to amend these posts.

    Ladies and germs ... Introducing the Board Queens, Irish & the Farmer.
     
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    Something that is already making me nuts... One of the top college pitchers in the country has been none other than Dodgers first round pick, J.T. Ginn. He is getting a lot of pub early on and it is pretty frustrating to see now knowing that he wanted an insane signing bonus. Hopefully the Dodgers can get something decent with his pick this year.
     
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    Dustin May was supposedly hitting 99 again the other night against the Cubs.
     
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    Chubbing up or the potential SP ?
     
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    This was from the 11 hitters that impressed this spring on BA


    5. Alex Verdugo, OF, Dodgers

    Verdugo shows no fear at the plate and takes hacks against both righthanders and lefthanders. He recognizes the breaking ball early and does a great job of keeping his hands back. Finally, the Dodgers may have found a lefthanded hitter who doesn’t have extreme platoon splits and can be an everyday outfielder regardless of the opposing pitcher. He went 0-for-3 with a walk in the first and only game I saw him against the Rangers on March 18, but here’s a great point between scouting and analytics. He never looked overmatched. He got his barrel into the hitting zone every time, he was a tough out and he made solid contact versus lefthanders.

    The spring training numbers don’t jump out at you, but for me it's how he swung the bat and how comfortable he looked in the batter's box. Verdugo is going to break camp with the big league team, and if he gets the requisite at-bats, he’s definitely a NL Rookie of the Year candidate for me.
     
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    May the gods grant you are absolutely correct.
    I want so much to believe in this kid, but as of yet, it hasn't happened for me.
     
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    If he is so good, why has he not been given an opportunity to prove so sooner?
    He sounds exactly like what we have missed for so long
    doesn't make sense
    Maybe they are trying to develop a chip on his shoulder. idk
     
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    Twitter was blowing up yesterday because of his walkup music. Got to love Vicente Fernandez ...
     
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    MiLB rosters have been announced. Here are some notables:
    AAA OKC:
    P's Tony Gonsolin, Dennis Santana, Stetson Allie, Josh Sborz and some guy named Clayton Kershaw will be their OD starter
    C/IF/OF: Will Smith, Matt Beaty, Edwin Rios
    Gonsolin is the most intriguing name on this list after his impressive spring. Most feel he is best slotted for a mid rotation spot or in the bullpen if some other things don't come together, but the development of a second elite pitch still has him with an incredibly high ceiling. Most believe that with the Dodgers rotation being fairly stacked, both Gonsolin and Santana will not break in with the club unless it is a bullpen role or something truly catastrophic happens. Sborz and Allie both have a ways to go to be anything more than low leverage middle relievers. Sborz has seen a decent uptick in velo since moving to the pen, but his secondaries took an unexpected step back. Allie is still throwing 100+ with an absolute wipeout slider, but both come with serious spells of command/control problems. Allie has a tendency to center cut his fastballs and make that slider not even close to worth offering to. When he is on though, he can be scary. Smith is probably going to get a full season at AAA to get over his serious contact issues. Beaty and Rios will be the first guys up after injuries due to their versatility. Rios showed some serious positives on defense this spring, but his bat has sadly taken a step back as he continued to beat the ball into the ground. If he can get his launch angle back to 2016-17, dude could be a monster threat in the second half of the year.

    AA Tulsa is stacked:
    P's: Dustin May, Yadier Alvarez, Marshall Kasowski, Andre Scrubb, Mitch White
    C/IF/OF: Keibert Ruiz, Omar Estevez, Gavin Lux, Cristian Santana, DJ Peters and Cody Thomas.
    This is from BP this morning:
    Dustin May headlines the bill for a stacked Tulsa squad. The No. 2 prospect in the Dodgers system brings a three-pitch mix featuring a heavy sinker, excellent breaker, and enough inconsistency of command to make life interesting. Catcher Keibert Ruiz (3) and shortstop Gavin Lux (5) fill out the top of the marquee. The Dodgers confirmed that the young switch-hitter is a step behind Will Smith on the organizational depth chart with his return placement here. The crazy thing? He’ll still be one of the youngest players in the league this year. Lux brings flash with the bat and developing instincts in the field, and is as well-positioned as any prospect to jump into next winter’s 101 with a strong showing.

    Elsewhere on the roster Mitchell White (9) will be a repeat visitor to Tulsa to see if he can continue his comeback from injuries that have hampered his career. Yadier Alvarez will try to come back from whatever it is that’s holding back his raw talent. Cristian Santana brings big bat speed and swing-and-miss to the hot corner (though his corner position already started to cool on the regular last year). And if you’re not satisfied with one top catching prospect, Connor Wong’s development may be something to set an alert for. He’s caught in the logjam at High-A to start, but he’ll likely bring his tools to Tulsa for further refinement in short order. —Kate Morrison and Wilson Karaman

    They were considered the second most intriguing team in the league behind the Padres Affiliate. Lots of dudes on this roster that could impact the club as soon as this year. Many of these guys are "prove it" types that need to show that last year was not a blip and if they do, almost anyone of these guys could find themselves in at least OKC by July.

    HiA Rancho:
    P's: Gerardo Carrillo, Michael Grove, Jordan Sheffield, Edwin Uceta
    C/IF/OF: Connor Wong, Jeter Downs, Starling Heredia, Jeren Kendall and Carlos Rincon
    At this point, there is not a a lot of star level intrigue here. Grove and Downs are the most intriguing guys going into the season, but besides that the roster has a heavy dose of underperformers. With that said, this team could get a whole hell of a lot more interesting VERY quickly as guys like Josiah Gray, the currently rosterless Zach Willeman and Diego Cartaya are rumored to be candidates to see some HiA ball this year. Cartaya would be an extreme, but I have seen a couple people that believe he will find his way to Rancho sooner rather than later as he is just that good.

    LoA Great Lakes:
    P's: Gray,
    C/IF/OF: Jacob Amaya, Leonel Valera, Miguel Vargas
    Some breakout candidates here to watch and there has been a surprise or two every year that comes outta here. Could also see Willeman or Cartaya here as well. Cartaya making the most sense. I think Willeman will skip mainly due to the shitty weather the first month in that league.

    Notables absent:
    P: Zach Willeman, John Rooney, Braydon Fisher, Robinson Ortiz and the ever absent Morgan Cooper
    C/IF/OF: Diego Cartaya and Errol Robinson

    Some notable recent draft and signees here. Willeman and Cartaya are the biggest potential "stars". Since there are a lot of pitchers with not a whole lot of mileage, they are probably getting held back to work on some things and see a heavier workload towards the end of the year. Notable control and velo issues with some of these guys that the club likely wants to correct up close. Cartaya is more than likely going to the AZL or Rookie League, but I saw some folks that thought he is advanced enough for the Dodgers to dramatically challenge him like they have with their advanced catchers in the past.
     
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    One other thing to note about the Dodgers system is that they are due for just one notable "graduation" this year. Alex Verdugo is the only player that is presumed to exhaust his service time within the Dodgers Top 12 with Edwin Rios being the only other one in the club's top 30. Granted, injuries and other events happen, but on the surface the club is not likely to see any of the players come up soon enough to wipeout prospect status. Though there are certainly some guys who on the surface appear to be good enough to get that shot. This will likely mean that the Dodgers will be in the Top 10 for systems in the game in 2020.
     
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    Beyond the Box Score, which is an analytical site, has a stat called KILA. A couple of the other prospect sites also have items like this that are used to project how a MiLB players numbers will translate in the pros. This is by no means ironclad as a lot of these are being adjusted yearly as newer and newer tech is becoming available in the minors. With that said the Dodgers had 4 of the top 50 rated bats last year(woulda been 5 with Diaz). #4 overall on the list was Jacob Amaya and this would fit with the talk about him being a potential breakout candidate in 2019. Also on the list were Miguel Vargas, Jared Walker and Gavin Lux. The 3 guys ahead of Amaya are legit prospects Wander Franco and Vlad Jr, as well as Rays prospect Nate Lowe who put up monster numbers across two levels before dramatically cooling off in AAA.
     
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    So you're saying don't go see Rancho lol. GREAT work as per usual sir.
     
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    Some notes after the first weekend of MiLB Games:
    • Watch how the Dodgers are using their relievers. Early on they have deployed their more intriguing relief prospects in multi inning roles. With the 3 batter minimum coming next year, the club is looking like they are going to get out ahead of this thing and potentially use their pen to get through the order potentially one time... it also helps that they used many of their top relievers as starters first.
    • Josiah Gray had great first game of the season, only giving up 2 hits and 2 walks with 6 K's in a 4.2 inning start. Got written up for a noteworthy performance.
    • Oooohhhhh Dustin May.... 5 IP, 2 H(just one out of the IF), 9 K's, 1 BB. Reports are that he was working in the UPPER 90's and used his developing changeup incredibly well. I think this is why he is still in AA so that he can adjust to using it more. Almost everyone has him pegged for the middle of the rotation, but these continued steps forward have folks singing a different tune. I have seen some folks that think he still has a couple more MPH's in him, which would be pretty great.
    • Mixed results out of Tony Gonsolin in his AAA debut last night. 4 IP, 3H, 2 BB, 3 ER, but 8 K's in the short outing. Command/Control is the biggest key for him moving forward.
     

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