2018 Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects

Dodgers Top 10 Prospects
1. Walker Buehler, RHP
2. Alex Verdugo, OF
3. Keibert Ruiz, C
4. Mitchell White, RHP
5. Yadier Alvarez, RHP
6. Yusniel Diaz, OF
7. Jeren Kendall, OF
8. DJ Peters, OF
9. Will Smith, C
10. Dennis Santana, RHP

GOT QUESTIONS? Dodgers Top 10 Chat


For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: 1B Cody Bellinger (1) hit a National League rookie record 39 home runs to win Rookie of the Year. OF Andrew Toles (6) exhausted his prospect eligibility before going down with a torn ACL in May. C Austin Barnes (10) overtook Yasmani Grandal as the Dodgers starting catcher in the postseason.

Trending: ◀️▶️Still deep with plenty of high-end talent.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: The Dodgers boast the deepest and highest-quality collection of catchers of any system in the game. Keibert Ruiz heads the group as a premier prospect, Will Smith projects as a quality future everyday catcher, 2017 draftee Connor Wong is an intriguing athlete moving quickly and Kyle Farmer is a present major league-caliber backup. The Dodgers are strong on the other side of the battery as well with a deep group of righthanders stratified throughout the farm.

Weaknesses: The middle infield is the system’s one true weak spot. While that is not a problem at shortstop with Corey Seager there for the long-term, there aren't many inspiring options to play second base. The Dodgers will likely have to make a position change with someone already on their big league roster or engineer a trade to find their long-term second baseman.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Alex Verdugo.
🔸Best Power Hitter: DJ Peters.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Alex Verdugo.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Tim Locastro.
🔸Best Athlete: Jeren Kendall.
🔸Best Fastball: Yadier Alvarez.
🔸Best Curveball: Walker Buehler. 
🔸Best Slider: Mitchell White.
🔸Best ChangeupImani Abdullah.
🔸Best Control: Dustin May.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Will Smith.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Errol Robinson.
🔸Best INF Arm: Drew Jackson.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Jeren Kendall. 
🔸Best OF ArmAlex Verdugo.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Austin Barnes (31)
🔸1B Cody Bellinger (25)
🔸2B Chris Taylor (30)
🔸3B Justin Turner (36)
🔸SS Corey Seager (27)
🔸LF Alex Verdugo (25)
🔸CF Joc Pederson (29)
🔸RF Yasiel Puig (30)
🔸SP Clayton Kershaw (33)
🔸SP Walker Buehler (26)
🔸SP Julio Urias (24)
🔸SP Alex Wood (30)
🔸SP Mitchell White (26)
🔸CL Kenley Jansen (33)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: LHP Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) | WAR: 59.4
🔸2009: OF Andrew Lambo (Atlantic League) | WAR: N/A
🔸2010: SS Dee Gordon (Marlins) | WAR: 10.4
🔸2011: SS Dee Gordon (Marlins) | WAR: **
🔸2012: RHP Zach Lee (Padres) | WAR: -0.4
🔸2013: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (Dodgers) | WAR: 6.9
🔸2014: OF Joc Pederson (Dodgers) | WAR: 5.3
🔸2015: SS Corey Seager (Dodgers) | WAR: 13.5
🔸2016: SS Corey Seager (Dodgers) | WAR: **
🔸2017: 1B/OF Cody Bellinger (Dodgers) | WAR: 4.2

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: RHP Ethan Martin (DNP) | WAR: N/A
🔸2009: LHP Aaron Miller (DNP) | WAR: N/A
🔸2010: RHP Zach Lee (Padres) | WAR: -0.4
🔸2011: LHP Chris Reed (Retired) | WAR: N/A
🔸2012: 3B Corey Seager (Dodgers) | WAR: 13.5
🔸2013: RHP Chris Anderson (Twins) | WAR: N/A
🔸2014: RHP Grant Holmes (Athletics) | WAR: N/A
🔸2015: RHP Walker Buehler (Dodgers) | Top 10
🔸2016: SS Gavin Lux (Dodgers) | WAR: N/A
🔸2017: OF Jeren Kendall (Dodgers) | Top 10


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