With the Los Angeles Dodgers struggling this season, let’s check in on what’s happening with the top Dodgers prospects.
Walker Buehler & Alex Verdugo are both currently with the Dodgers, so we’re going to focus on the next 5 in line.
Los Angeles Dodgers Prospects
Keibert Ruiz is one of the better prospects in all of baseball, not just within the Dodgers organization. At just 19, he’s the #3 ranked catcher and #50 overall according to MILB. In Double A Tulsa, the Venezuela native has 22 hits in 83 at bats, good enough for a .269 batting average.
What scouts are high on about Ruiz is his defense abilities. He’s one of the better defensive catches in the minor leagues and that alone can get him to the majors. Ruiz does have to make a few minor adjustments before he’s ready to get the call. But with the right coaching, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t thrive.
With just one catcher on the Dodgers active roster, what happens if Yasmani Grandal goes down? Who’s next in line? It may just be Ruiz, whether he’s ready or not.
Despite not yet having pitched this season, Mitchell White is sitting fourth in the Dodgers top prospects list. Then what makes White so special?
White’s fastball-slider combo can be very deadly. Those are his two best pitches, both graded at 65 on the 80 scale. Last season, the right hander threw 28 innings and recorded a little over a strikeout an inning, racking up 31. Once the 23-year-old is done with his extended spring training, expect White to jump to Oklahoma City after a couple of solid starts in AA.
A high price tag comes with high expectations. Yusniel Diaz cost the Dodgers a whopping $31 million, which does not include his $15.5 million signing bonus. Diaz, though, is raking in Tulsa. Six of the 15 hits thus far have gone for extra bases. That adds up to a .980 OPS.
But wait, there’s more! Diaz has drawn seven walks in his 46 at bats. If there is one thing to improve, it’s the amount of times Diaz has struck out. Eight of his at bats this season have ended in strikeouts. That will have to improve if Diaz wants to make that jump to AAA.
DJ Peters is an outfielder that you should definitely be keeping an eye on. According to scouts, Peters has 55 power on the 80 scale. That is extremely impressive. Peters has shown that power this season in Tulsa. Of his 30 total hits, 10 of them have gone for extra bases. If that trend continues, except the 22-year-old to jump to AAA before the end of the season.
Jeren Kendall was supposed to be a high draft pick when he was leaving high school, according to milb.com. However, despite progressing in college, the former Vanderbilt star fell late in the first round. That reason was because of his high strikeout rate. Unfortunately, the strikeouts have carried over to the minors, and Kendall is already sitting at 33 this season.
The 22-year-old’s speed is probably his biggest asset as a baseball player. It helps him play a decent center field. But where it is most lethal is on the base path. This Dodgers prospect already has 12 stolen bases to his name. That’s quite impressive after just 23 games played.