DODGERS 2020 MINOR LEAGUE/PROSPECTS THREAD

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  1. ColoradoKidWitGame

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    Eh, he has not said anything really about any of the guys at the alt site. I think the only other time he mentioned a player at the alt site was Gonsolin and saying almost the same thing as he did with Lux in that he was "close" to being ready for a return to the bigs. My hope is that the rumors are true about expanding the alt site by 15 as that would at least allow for regular games to take place.
     
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    I am not so sure. FO is 100% in control in this situation.

    Roberts gets his instructions and follows through.
     
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    Isn't his silence exactly that...following through on instructions ?
    I guess they told him to lose in the post...and like a good robosoldier, he was magnificent at it.
    Hoorah !
     
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    Due to a number of graduations this season, for the first time since Pipeline started ranking systems in 2015. The Dodgers farm did not make their Top 10 at the mid season update. They are currently ranked #11
     
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    Yeah, but they mean a Spinal Tap "11" ...
     
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    Dodgers have signed a couple of kids in the last couple of days.
    • Dodgers signed RHP prospect Roque Gutierrez of Mexico. The 6-ft, 175-pounder has a fastball in 90-93 mph range, a slider and an advanced changeup. He’s currently the youngest player in camp for the Aguilas de Mexicali in the LMP. He turned 18 this month. The accompanying video made that change look pretty impressive.
    • From Future Dodgers: Cole Percival is a projectable 6’5” RHP, sits low 90s but topped out at 95 over the summer. He missed all of 2019 with an injury, but had 3.38 ERA and 19/8 K/BB in 24 IP this year. Ranked 373rd by BA before the draft. Yes, this is Troy's son.
     
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    Fuck Kenley.
     
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    Oh wow, I totally missed Jim Callis report from our Alt site. Here are some highlights
    • Ruiz apparently took a big step forward behind the scenes. The Dodgers hitting crew focused on him a good bit and they said he did a significantly better job of using his legs and began to show more power. They also wanted him to work on his defense and in it all they noticed a significant change in his arm strength which was a surprise to everyone. He said Ruiz is back to being one of the top catching prospects in baseball due to the reports.
    • Not having a regular season could have been a massive help for Josiah Gray's development. They used the Alt Site time for him to concentrate on his secondaries. Expect to see him use his slider, curve and change up more than he has in the past and with a lot more confidence. His secondary pitches were somewhat of a question mark coming into the season and could have led to him being in the pen.
    • There is some feeling that 3rd round pick Jake Vogel could end up being the steal of the draft. The 18 year old more than held his own against much more advanced competition and showed of elite defense in CF. He has ++ speed and they think the power will be unlocked in a big way once he fills out a bit. This could be a kid that pushes Bellinger to LF in a couple of years.
    • No real report on the other draft picks that headed to the Alt Site.
    • Kody Hoese 3B, was the best hitter at the alt site and his power has really started to come out.
    • Michael Busch 2B, was drafted for his bat and there were serious questions about whether he could stick at 2B. Apparently he took a huge leap defensively and the team is confident that he will man the position. His already lethal bat took a step forward as well.
    • If you remember during scrimmages, a prospect named Ryan Pepiot came in drew a lot of attention by making our already professional hitters look fucking awful. I was excited about Pepiot as some people felt he came out of college with an 80 change up. The big issue was a fastball that 91-94 in starts. Well he is now sitting 95 with more vertical movement and it has made his changeup all the more unhittable. He was said to be the guy at camp that players wanted to face the least. Awesome to hear!
     
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    Expect to see our BA top prospect list to come out some time in Dec. The East is lined up through this month and then I expect the Central.
     
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    BA has an update from Instructs and there is a good review for 2B, Michael Busch

    Busch earned universal reviews as the top hitter in Arizona. He took high quality at-bats, turned around upper-90s velocity and showed home run power to center field and both gaps. His balance, bat speed, hand-eye coordination and strike-zone discipline all drew high praise. Evaluators were split on Busch’s defense at second base, but he earned consistent grades as a plus hitter with plus power.

    This is a guy that had gotten a lot of praise during the AFL in 2019 for his obscene plate discipline. Putting that together with a plus hit tool and plus power could have the makings for a scary hitter. Defense still remains the big question for Busch.


    There was also a piece from Bill Plunkett that I missed in October. Here are some highlights from it:
    • Once again, Busch was talked about as a guy that really stood out this season as a guy that took a big step forward at the Alt-Site.
    • Other guys that had impressive years were 1st round pick Bobby Miller and Kody Hoese, they also mentioned Andy Pages, Miguel Vargas and James Outman as guys that impressed them during instructs. Both Vargas and Pages have scouts that think they are legit stars in the making or duds. Vargas has what some view as a future 70-80 hit tool, but his power and defense were giant question marks for him. Pages has 60+ power potential and I saw a lot of scouts that felt 2020 would be a learning year for him as they felt advanced pitching would pick him apart. He is the rare player that a year like this could have actually been good for him if he was able to develop some understanding for recognizing better breaking pitches.
     
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    SS Leonel Valera, 21, was a Top 10 under the radar prospect from instructs

    Valera filled out his frame and got increasingly physical over the past year. With the added strength has come the ability to drive the ball up the middle and to right-center with authority. Valera is a bit of a free swinger and is still learning his new body, but his growing power bodes well. He retained his fluidity and athleticism in the middle infield even with his strength gains, providing optimism he has a major league future with his power potential and ability to play multiple positions around the infield.
     
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