Dodgers, Rays World Series Rosters Have Strong Prospect Pedigree

The reason prospects matter is they become major leaguers. If everything goes well, they become major leaguers who help a team win a World Series.

The 2020 World Series between the Dodgers and Rays features many, many players who were once top prospects, including Game 1 starters Clayton Kershaw and Tyler Glasnow, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, Walker Buehler, Blake Snell, Willy Adames, Austin Meadows and Brandon Lowe, all of whom ranked as a Top 100 Prospect at some point.

In all, just over 41% (23 of 56) of players on the Dodgers and Rays World Series rosters were Top 100 Prospects at one time. Overall, 48 of the 56 players on the 2020 World Series rosters ranked in at least one Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

That’s in line with recent trends. Here are the number of players on World Series rosters the last four seasons who ranked in at least one Prospect Handbook.

2017: 47 of 50

2018: 48 of 50

2019: 47 of 50

2020: 48 of 56

The Dodgers have more players with prospect pedigree on their roster than the Rays. Overall 26 of the 28 players on the Dodgers World Series roster ranked in at least one Prospect Handbook, compared to 22 of 28 players on the Rays World Series roster.

Here is a look at each player on World Series rosters this year and when they ranked in a Prospect Handbook, including what teams they ranked for.

Note that Yoshitomo Tsutsugo ranked in the 2020 Prospect Handbook as a top international prospect and signed with the Rays after the book’s publishing date.


Player Team Years Ranked
RHP Pedro Baéz                                          Dodgers 2008-11, 2014-15
RHP Walker Buehler                                   Dodgers 2016-18
RHP Dylan Floro                                          Rays 2016
RHP Tony Gonsolin                                   Dodgers 2019-20
LHP Victor González                                  Dodgers 2014, 2020
RHP Brusdar Graterol                               Twins, Dodgers 2018-20
RHP Kenley Jansen                                  Dodgers 2010-11
RHP Joe Kelly                                      Cardinals 2010-12
LHP Clayton Kershaw                          Dodgers 2007-08
LHP Adam Kolarek                             N/A  
RHP Dustin May                              Dodgers 2017-20
LHP Jake McGee                                    Rays 2005-11
RHP Blake Treinen                                                             A’s, Nationals 2012, 2014
LHP Julio Urías                                             Dodgers 2014-16
LHP Alex Wood Braves 2013
C Austin Barnes Marlins, Dodgers 2013-17
IF Matt Beaty (L) Dodgers 2018-19
OF Cody Bellinger (L) Dodgers 2014-17
OF Mookie Betts Red Sox 2013-14
IF/OF Enrique Hernández N/A  
IF Max Muncy (L) Athletics 2013-16
OF Joc Pederson (L) Dodgers 2011-15
OF AJ Pollock D-backs 2010-13
IF Edwin Ríos (L) Dodgers 2018-20
SS Corey Seager (L) Dodgers 2013-16
C Will Smith Dodgers 2017-19
IF/OF Chris Taylor Mariners 2013-14
3B Justin Turner       Reds, Orioles 2008, 2009


Player Team Years Ranked
RHP Nick Anderson    N/A  
RHP Diego Castillo Rays 2018
RHP John Curtiss Twins 2018-19
RHP Pete Fairbanks Rays 2020
LHP Josh Fleming N/A  
RHP Tyler Glasnow Pirates 2013-17
LHP Aaron Loup N/A  
LHP Shane McClanahan Rays 2019-20
RHP Charlie Morton Braves 2004-05
LHP Ryan Sherriff N/A  
LHP Blake Snell Rays 2012-16
RHP Ryan Thompson N/A  
LHP Ryan Yarbrough Rays 2015-18
C Michael Perez D-backs 2012-14, 2018
C Mike Zunino Mariners 2013
SS Willy Adames Tigers, Rays 2014-18
1B/3B Mike Brosseau N/A  
1B Ji-Man Choi Mariners 2014-15
1B Yandy Díaz Indians 2016-17
2B Brandon Lowe Rays 2018-19
2B Joey Wendle Indians, A’s 2014-17
OF Randy Arozarena Cardinals, Rays 2017-20
OF Kevin Kiermaier Rays 2011, 2014
OF Manuel Margot Red Sox, Padres 2013-17
OF Austin Meadows Pirates 2014-18
OF Brett Phillips Astros/Brewers 2013-18
OF Hunter Renfroe Padres 2014-17
OF Yoshi Tsutsugo Int’l* 2020

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