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  1. 1. Bobby Miller | RHP
    Bobby Miller
    Born: Apr 5, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Louisville, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Marty Lamb.
    Minors: 2-2 | 2.40 ERA | 70 SO | 13 BB | 57 IP

    Fastball: 70. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Curveball: 50. Control: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Miller bounced between the bullpen and rotation his first two seasons at Louisville and became a full-time starter as a junior. His stuff and control both ticked up through four starts before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the season, and the Dodgers drafted him 29th overall and signed him for $2,197,500. Miller continued improving his stuff and control at the alternate training site and was a revelation in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Miller is an intimidating presence at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and has the stuff to match. He has distinct four-seam and two-seam fastballs that both sit 95 mph and touch 98, and his mid-80s slider is another plus pitch with three-quarters tilt and late, darting action. Miller got more comfortable with his diving, mid-80s changeup throughout the summer and began throwing it with conviction to hitters on both sides of the plate. His downer curveball in the upper 70s is another pitch he can land for strikes. Miller's stuff is sizzling, but he's still learning how to sequence and get his pitches to play off each other. He throws plenty of strikes but will leave pitches over the plate.

    THE FUTURE: Miller has the look and stuff of a powerful mid-to-front-of the-rotation starter. He'll make his pro debut in 2021.

  2. 2. Diego Cartaya | C
    Diego Cartaya
    Born: Sep 7, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 199
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Luis Marquez/Roman Barinas/Cliff Nuiter/Jean Castro.
    Minors: .298/.409/.614 | 10 HR | 0 SB | 114 AB

    Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Running: 30. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Cartaya was Venezuela's top player in the 2018 international signing class and signed with the Dodgers for $2.5 million on July 2. He quickly jumped from the Dominican Summer League to the Rookie-level Arizona League in his pro debut and starred in the AZL as a 17-year-old. One of the youngest players added to a 60-man player pool in 2020, he spent the summer at the alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Cartaya is highly advanced for his age on both sides of the ball. He shows soft hands in receiving, sets a good target, expertly frames low pitches and has impressive flexibility for his size. Cartaya has plus raw arm strength and has improved at syncing his footwork to get his best throws off more consistently. He still needs refinement but has a chance to be a plus defender with a plus arm. Cartaya has an advanced approach at the plate and projects to hit for average with his short, quick swing and sound bat path. His natural strength and long levers give him power potential, but his swing is primarily geared to shoot the ball the other way.

    THE FUTURE: Cartaya has the potential to be a standout, but he's still a teenager who is many years away. He'll make his full-season debut in 2021.

  3. 3. Michael Busch | 2B
    Michael Busch
    Born: Nov 9, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 207
    Drafted/Signed: North Carolina, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Jonah Rosenthal.
    Minors: .267/.386/.484 | 20 HR | 2 SB | 409 AB

    Hitting: 60. Power: 60. Running: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: Busch was regarded as one of college baseball's top hitters at North Carolina and was drafted 31st overall by the Dodgers in 2019. He was limited to 10 games in his pro debut after he was hit by a pitch that broke his right hand, but he showed what he could do in 2020. Busch spent the summer at the alternate training site and drew raves as the best hitter in instructional league in Arizona

    SCOUTING REPORT: Busch is all about his bat. He is an exceptionally patient hitter who doesn't chase, fights off close pitches and waits for something he can drive. When he gets it, he unloads on balls with a compact, lefthanded swing with plus bat speed and extension. Busch's swing and approach make him a plus hitter, and he's begun to show plus power with the ability to drive the ball over the fence to both gaps. Busch played first base and left field in college, but the Dodgers are trying to make him a second baseman. He's gotten leaner and more athletic to improve his range, and he dropped his arm slot to give him more zip on his throws, but he's still a likely below-average defender.

    THE FUTURE: Busch is following the Max Muncy path as a masher who is playable at second base in short stints. He is poised to move quickly in 2021.

  4. 4. Ryan Pepiot | RHP
    Ryan Pepiot
    Born: Aug 21, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Butler, 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Stephen Head.
    Minors: 5-9 | 4.62 ERA | 127 SO | 47 BB | 102 IP

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 50. Changeup: 70. Curveball: 45. Control: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: Pepiot led the Big East Conference in strikeouts in 2019 but also had the second-most hit batters and third-most walks. The Dodgers bet on his stuff and made him the highest-drafted player in Butler history when they selected him in the third round, No. 102 overall. Pepiot opened eyes in 2020 when he struck out Cody Bellinger, Matt Beaty and Gavin Lux in a dominant two-inning summer camp appearance at Dodger Stadium. He carried that success over to the alternate site and was the Dodgers' best pitcher in camp.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Pepiot is a big-bodied righthander with premium stuff. His fastball has ticked up to sit 93-95 mph with riding life, and his changeup is a devastating, plus-plus pitch in the mid 80s with hard movement down and in to righthanded batters. Pepiot focused on the consistency of his slider and began getting reliable tilt down and away to make it an average pitch, and his mid-70s curveball is another usable offering. Pepiot cleaned up his arm action and began locating his fastball to his glove side, giving him average control for the first time. He occasionally sprays his fastball up and in but generally self-corrects.

    THE FUTURE: Pepiot has to show he can maintain his control gains over a full season. If he can, he has a chance to be a righthanded power starter.

  5. 5. Miguel Vargas | 3B
    Miguel Vargas
    Born: Nov 17, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2017.
    Signed By: Roman Barinas/Mike Tosar.
    Minors: .319/.380/.526 | 23 HR | 11 SB | 483 AB

    Hitting: 60. Power: 50. Running: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Vargas is the son of international baseball legend Lazaro Vargas, who played 22 seasons in Cuba and led the country to Olympic gold medals in 1992 and '96. He left the island with his father in 2015 and signed with the Dodgers for $300,000 in 2017. Vargas quickly emerged as one of the top hitters in the Dodgers' system, batting .330 in his pro debut despite not playing for two years. He advanced to high Class A as a 19-year-old in 2019 and stood out in instructional league in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Vargas is a uniquely advanced hitter for his age. He has quick hands, elite hand-eye coordination and drives the ball the other way with authority. Vargas wears out the right-center field gap and racks up doubles, but he's still learning to pull the ball in the air and has yet to show he can turn on velocity inside. The Dodgers see the physical ability to make the adjustment and believe it's a matter of intent. Vargas is a slow mover without a lot of twitch in the field. He's a below-average third baseman and played some second base during instructs, but he is likely a first baseman long term. He has average arm strength.

    THE FUTURE: Vargas' hitting ability is that of an everyday player. He'll try to find his best position in 2021.

  6. 6. Andy Pages | OF
    Andy Pages
    Born: Dec 8, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2018.
    Signed By: Luis Marquez/Roman Barinas/Manelik Pimentel
    Minors: .265/.394/.539 | 31 HR | 6 SB | 438 AB

    Hitting: 45. Power: 60. Running: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 70.

    TRACK RECORD: Pages was one of the top hitters in Cuba's junior leagues growing up and signed with the Dodgers for $300,000 when he was 17. He struggled in his first pro season but blossomed in year two when he finished second in the Rookie-level Pioneer League in home runs (19) and total bases (153). He was not brought to the alternate training site in 2020 but stood out for his tools in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Pages combines impressive physical ability with a high-level understanding of hitting. He recognizes pitches, has excellent hand-eye coordination and possesses plus power that produces some of the top exit velocities in the Dodgers' system. He drives the ball hard to center and right field and makes loud contact that stays with observers for weeks. Pages can be overly aggressive and will swing and miss against higher-quality pitches, but he makes adjustments and should improve with experience. He is an intuitive baserunner whose excellent reads and jumps make up for fringe-average speed. Pages has learned to tone down his flair in right field and become a reliable, above-average defender with a plus-plus, albeit sometimes inaccurate, arm.

    THE FUTURE: Pages has the makings of an everyday right fielder if he can make enough contact. He is set to make his full-season debut in 2021.

  7. 7. Andre Jackson | RHP
    Andre Jackson
    Born: May 1, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Utah, 2017 (12th round).
    Signed By: Brian Compton.
    Minors: 5-5 | 3.68 ERA | 103 SO | 30 BB | 96 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Jackson primarily played left field at Utah and briefly pitched as a reliever. He missed the 2017 season after having Tommy John surgery, but the Dodgers liked his arm strength and drafted him as a pitcher in the 12th round. Jackson got healthy, began starting and tied for second in the organization in strikeouts as he advanced to high Class A Rancho Cucamonga in 2019. The Dodgers brought him to the alternate training site in 2020 and added him to their 40-man roster after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Jackson is a good athlete with lots of natural arm strength. His fastball sits 95-96 mph and gets swings and misses in the strike zone, and his above-average changeup is one of the best in the organization. He shows natural feel to spin the ball and flashes an average curveball and hard cutter with short tilt. Jackson is still raw and more of a thrower than pitcher. He revamped his delivery and arm action at the alternate site to improve his below-average control, and he lacks the feel for sequencing or command that comes with experience.

    THE FUTURE: Jackson is still learning how to pitch but is a potential late-bloomer as a converted position player. Double-A awaits in 2021.

  8. 8. Luis Rodriguez | OF
    Luis Rodriguez
    Born: Sep 16, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Roman Barinas/Laiky Uribe/Leon Canelon.

    TRACK RECORD: Rodriguez ranked as Venezuela's top prospect in the 2019 international class and signed with the Dodgers for $2,667,500 on July 2. He was set to make his professional debut in 2020, but instead spent the year working out in the Dominican Republic after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the minor league season. He briefly participated in Dominican instructional league in the fall.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rodriguez was a lanky, contact-oriented center fielder when he signed, but his game has changed as he's started to fill out. He's added weight and strength and started focusing on hitting balls as far as he can with his newfound strength. While his power potential has ticked up to plus, he's lost his all-fields approach and become a pull-only hitter who is too aggressive at the plate. Rodriguez plays an adequate center field, but his average speed and growing body portend a possible move to a corner. He has the above-average arm strength for right field.

    THE FUTURE: The Dodgers hope Rodriguez can rediscover his old swing and approach with a return to normalcy in 2021. He'll be 18 all of next season and still has a lot of development left.

  9. 9. Landon Knack | RHP
    Landon Knack
    Born: Jul 15, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 220
    Minors: 7-1 | 3.18 ERA | 82 SO | 8 BB | 63 IP

    Knack missed the first month of the season with a hamstring strain but has dominated since arriving at Great Lakes in early June. He remains an elite strike-thrower and has maintained the velocity uptick he showed his senior year at East Tennessee State, sitting 93-96 mph with downhill plane on his fastball. His mid-80s slider and changeup have each flashed plus at their best and his 12-to-6 curveball is another potentially above-average pitch. Knack's workload has been limited like most Dodgers pitchers, but his well-rounded arsenal, pinpoint control and aggressive mentality are earning him mid-rotation starter projections.

  10. 10. Wilman Diaz | SS
    Wilman Diaz
    Born: Nov 15, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2021.

    Diaz, who along with Rays shortstop Carlos Colmenarez is someone several scouts considered one of the top players in Venezuela in the most recent international signing class. Diaz trained with Alexis Quiroz in the same program where the Dodgers signed Cartaya and 2019 catcher Yeiner Fernandez, so the Dodgers had scouted Diaz from a young age. Diaz has a good balance of tools, skills, athleticism and physical upside. He's 6-foot-2, 165 pounds with a loose, low-effort swing, good bat speed and plate discipline with good performance in games. He hits for power in games too, showing the ability to backspin balls to the pull side and drive the ball with impact to the opposite field as well. He still has a lean, athletic frame with a lot of space to fill out, so his power should climb once he gets stronger. Diaz also has the athleticism and actions to give him a good chance to stay at shortstop. He takes pride in his speed, which has improved to a plus tool, and he plays under control in the field with good hands, footwork and an above-average arm.

  11. 11. Kody Hoese | 3B
    Kody Hoese
    Born: Jul 13, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Tulane, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Benny Latino.
    Minors: .196/.247/.250 | 2 HR | 2 SB | 260 AB

    Hitting: 60. Power: 50. Running: 45. Fielding: 55. Arm: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: Hoese went from a 35th-round pick in 2018 to a first-round pick in 2019 after he finished fourth in the nation with 23 home runs at Tulane. He posted an .863 OPS in his pro debut and was the Dodgers' top hitter at the alternate training site in 2020, but he was more pedestrian in instructional league as he battled fatigue and drew mixed reviews from opposing evaluators.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Hoese is a well-rounded hitter with a balanced approach and compact swing. He is an adept fastball hitter who frequently finds the barrel and drives the ball to all fields, though he's better against high fastballs than low ones because he gets out of his legs at times. He covers all pitch types and locations when he stays rooted in his lower half. His long levers, wiry strength and knack for the barrel give him 20-plus home run potential. Hoese has calm, reliable hands at third base and reads hops well, but he's not a smooth mover and his arm strength fluctuates widely from below-average to above-average. He worked with Dodgers pitching coordinator Rob Hill at the alternate site to improve his velocity and be more consistent with his arm slot.

    THE FUTURE: Hoese looks like a future standout at his best but needs to be more consistent with his swing and throwing stroke. He'll see the upper minors in 2021.

  12. 12. Maddux Bruns | LHP
    Maddux Bruns
    Born: Jun 20, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Minors: 0-2 | 16.20 ERA | 5 SO | 7 BB | 5 IP

    There's likely not a pitcher in the 2021 class who has as much pure arm talent as Bruns. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound lefthander wowed scouts last summer at Perfect Game's National Showcase, running his fastball up to 97 mph and flashing two breaking balls that were both plus pitches. At later events it was clear that Bruns' control and command were well behind his pure stuff, and he struggled not only to hit his spots but to get the ball around the zone. That made him something of an enigma entering the spring, as no one in the industry doubted his pure stuff and upside, but seemingly everyone was scared about his strike-throwing ability and the reliever risk that came with it. Scouts in the South did see better control from Bruns this spring against poor competition, but they still commented he was much more of a control-over-command arm. Bruns is strong and physical, and attacks hitters with a vertical arm slot that creates plane and a crossfire delivery that adds to his deception. While he can run his fastball up to 97-98, he pitches more effectively in the lower 90s. Bruns throws a 12-to-6 curveball in the mid-70s with tremendous depth and also has a hard slider in the low 80s with power and late biting action. On top of that, some scouts have even graded his low-80s changeup as a plus offering, but he's not used it much to this point. Bruns is committed to Alabama, but a team could easily take a shot on his massive upside somewhere in the top-two rounds.

  13. 13. Leonel Valera | SS
    Leonel Valera
    Born: Jul 9, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 165
    Minors: .224/.305/.436 | 16 HR | 16 SB | 362 AB

    Valera got significantly stronger during the coronavirus shutdown and now shows plus raw power that plays to all fields, particularly right-center. He has the hands, bat speed and strength to be an impact hitter, but he's prone to chasing out of the zone and will need to improve his plate discipline. Valera remains an above-average to plus defender at shortstop with a plus arm even with the added bulk, and has the athleticism to play multiple positions.

  14. 14. Mitch White | RHP
    Mitch White
    Born: Dec 28, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Santa Clara, 2016 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Tom Kunis.
    Minors: 3-0 | 1.65 ERA | 53 SO | 13 BB | 44 IP

    TRACK RECORD: White had Tommy John surgery in high school and battled an assortment of injuries after the Dodgers drafted him in the second round in 2016, including a broken toe, general soreness and recurring blisters. He finally stayed healthy in 2020 and pitched consistently well at the alternate training site, resulting in his first major league callup on Aug. 28.

    SCOUTING REPORT: White has plenty of stuff but has long been hampered by injuries and inconsistency. His fastball sits 93-94 mph with natural cut and both his vertical, low-80s curveball and horizontal mid-80s slider are plus pitches at their best. White has long struggled with fastball command and secondary execution, in part due to mechanical issues caused by his injuries. He was consistent at the alternate site and in two scoreless relief appearances in the majors, providing optimism that he's turned a corner.

    THE FUTURE: It all comes down to health and consistency for White. The Dodgers saw enough progress to believe he still has a chance to start, but his injury history and pitch mix point to a relief future.

  15. 15. Luke Raley | OF
    Luke Raley
    Born: Sep 19, 1994
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 235
    Drafted/Signed: Lake Erie (Ohio), 2016 (7th round).
    Signed By: Marty Lamb.
    Minors: .294/.393/.570 | 19 HR | 8 SB | 272 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Raley hit .424/.528/.727 for Division II Lake Erie in 2016 and was drafted by the Dodgers in the seventh round. They traded him to the Twins as part of the package for Brian Dozier in 2018 but re-acquired him with Brusdal Graterol in exchange for Kenta Maeda before the 2020 season. Raley spent the summer at the alternate training site and was one of the top hitters in camp.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Raley is incredibly strong with bulging biceps and plus-plus raw power. He frequently hit home runs on top of the parking garage beyond right field at Southern California's Dedeaux Field during the alternate site and showed the ability to hit opposite-field home runs, too. His swing is oriented to his pull-side and he needs to improve his plate discipline, but he's productive against both righties and lefties and has the bat speed to be an average hitter who taps into his power often enough. Raley is an average runner and plays hard defensively in left field. He's occasionally too aggressive and collides with other fielders or the wall. He has above-average arm strength despite a funky throwing stroke.

    THE FUTURE: Raley's power and sneaky athleticism have long made him a potential sleeper. He's on the 40-man roster and is in position for his major league debut in 2021.

  16. 16. Clayton Beeter | RHP
    Clayton Beeter
    Born: Oct 9, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Texas Tech, 2020 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Clint Bowers.
    Minors: 0-6 | 3.44 ERA | 78 SO | 22 BB | 53 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Beeter had Tommy John surgery in high school and redshirted his freshman year at Texas Tech. He took over as the Red Raiders closer when he returned in 2019 and moved into the rotation as their Friday night starter during the abbreviated 2020 season. The Dodgers drafted Beeter in the supplemental second round, No. 66 overall, and signed him for $1,196,500. He spent the summer at the alternate training site and finished the year at instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Beeter boasts two power offerings with a mid-90s fastball that reaches 97 mph and a top-to-bottom, hammer curveball that draws consensus plus grades. His fastball features elite rise and his curveball has sharp downward movement, giving him the north-south profile teams covet. Beeter's changeup and control lag well behind. His changeup is a below-average pitch and his control was firmly below-average at the alternate site. He struggles to repeat his delivery and fails to consistently execute or command his pitches. Even at his best, Beeter flashes only average control.

    THE FUTURE: Beeter faced questions in college whether he projected as starter or reliever, and the Dodgers acknowledge he's likely a reliever after what they saw at the alternate site. He'll start for now as he begins his pro career.

  17. 17. Carlos Duran | RHP
    Carlos Duran
    Born: Jul 30, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 230
    Minors: 2-5 | 5.56 ERA | 115 SO | 30 BB | 81 IP

    Duran has emerged as the most promising pitcher on a prospect-laden Rancho Cucamonga staff. His fastball velocity has jumped to 96-97 mph with plus sink and run and his slider has been a devastating pitch against righthanded hitters. Duran struggles against lefties and has trouble maintaining his intensity, but his pure arm strength gives him a chance to be a hard-throwing middle reliever.

  18. 18. Edwin Uceta | RHP
    Edwin Uceta
    Born: Jan 9, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 155
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Luis Marquez/Matt Doppelt.
    Minors: 2-3 | 4.55 ERA | 40 SO | 13 BB | 30 IP

    TRACK RECORD: An unheralded $10,000 signee out of the Dominican Republic, Uceta finished second in the Dodgers system in ERA (2.77) and strikeouts (141) as he rose to Double-A in 2019. He missed the start of summer camp in 2020 for undisclosed reasons and was sent home from the alternate training site for breaking Covid-19 safety protocols. The Dodgers still added him to the 40-man roster after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Uceta is a slight-bodied righthander with impressive feel to pitch. His fastball sits 90-92 mph and touches 94, but it plays up extension and late ride from his lower release height. Uceta's changeup is his out pitch. He sells it with his arm speed and it looks like his fastball out of his hand before dropping off the table with late run and fade in the mid-80s. Uceta expertly plays his fastball and changeup off each other and keeps batters guessing. His upper-70s, slurvy breaking ball remains a work in progress but gets some swings and misses from righthanded batters. Uceta ties everything together with average control.

    THE FUTURE: Uceta still has room to fill out and add velocity. He can be a back-end starter if he does.

  19. 19. Jacob Amaya | SS
    Jacob Amaya
    Born: Sep 3, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS--West Covina, Calif., 2017 (11th round).
    Signed By: Bobby Darwin.
    Minors: .216/.303/.343 | 12 HR | 5 SB | 417 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Amaya grew up a Dodgers fan in suburban Los Angeles and his grandfather, Frank, was a Dodgers minor leaguer from 1955-58. The Dodgers drafted him in the 11th round in 2017 and signed him for an above-slot $247,500 to forgo a Cal State Fullerton commitment. Amaya immediately established himself as the best defensive infielder in the Dodgers system and progressively grew offensively, culminating in a .381 on-base percentage for low Class A Great Lakes in 2019. The Dodgers brought him to their alternate training site for the final month of the 2020 season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Amaya is a gifted defensive shortstop for his age. He positions himself in the right places with uncanny instincts, has impressive range in every direction, maintains proper footwork and has an above-average, accurate arm. He's improved his consistency with maturity and projects to be at least a plus defender. Amaya has a solid offensive foundation as a patient hitter who recognizes pitches and rarely chases, but his swing is still developing. He worked on his lower half and balance throughout the shutdown and saw an uptick in his quality of contact at the alternate site.

    THE FUTURE: Amaya's offensive development will determine if he reaches his everyday ceiling. His defense will buy him time.

  20. 20. Carson Taylor | C
    Carson Taylor
    Born: Jun 2, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Minors: .278/.371/.433 | 9 HR | 1 SB | 291 AB

    Taylor missed two weeks with a groin tweak but has impressed when healthy. He improved his receiving and pitch-framing and has capably handled a high-octane pitching staff at High-A Great Lakes. His blocking, throwing and game-calling remain works in progress but are moving in the right direction. The switch-hitter made some positive adjustments to his lefthanded swing and has been on fire offensively after a slow start. He has more walks than strikeouts and is showing an advanced ability to conduct high-level at-bats.

  21. 21. Kendall Williams | RHP
    Kendall Williams
    Born: Aug 24, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Bradenton, Fla., 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Brandon Bishoff (Blue Jays).
    Minors: 3-3 | 4.53 ERA | 87 SO | 22 BB | 94 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Williams was IMG Academy's No. 2 starter behind Brennan Malone and boosted his stock with a strong showing at the 2019 National High School Invitational. The Blue Jays drafted him in the second round and signed him for $1,547,500. The Dodgers liked Williams in the draft and acquired him for Ross Stripling at the 2020 trade deadline.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Williams is a classic, projectable righthander with a 6-foot-6 frame, a polished delivery and room to grow into more velocity. His fastball presently sits in the low 90s and frequently touches 93-94 mph. His best secondary is a potentially plus changeup that tunnels well off his fastball before dropping off with power fade. Williams is still working to find a breaking ball. He began working on a hard slider with short tilt in the mid-80s during instructional league. Williams has a natural feel to manipulate the baseball and throw strikes from different angles. He should have at least average control.

    THE FUTURE: Williams has the ingredients to become a mid-rotation starter if his breaking ball develops. His full-season debut awaits in 2021.

  22. 22. Robinson Ortiz | LHP
    Robinson Ortiz
    Born: Jan 4, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Luis Marquez/Roman Barinas/Laiky Uribe.
    Minors: 2-1 | 0.77 ERA | 12 SO | 13 BB | 12 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Ortiz fell under the radar as an amateur and signed with the Dodgers for $60,000 a year after he became eligible. He quickly conquered the Rookie levels and had a strong finish at low Class A Great Lakes in 2019. Ortiz returned home to the Dominican Republic during the coronavirus shutdown and participated in Dominican instructional league after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Ortiz has a smooth, easy delivery from the left side. His fastball sits 91-93 mph and touches 94-95 with armside life. He has room to get stronger and throw harder, which the Dodgers expect he will. Ortiz has an advanced feel for an 82-86 mph changeup that draws swings and misses and weak contact from righthanders. His 79-83 mph slider stays off the barrel against lefties. Ortiz mixes his pitches effectively and shows average control with his simple, repeatable delivery.

    THE FUTURE: Ortiz has a chance to be a back-of-the-rotation starter if he grows into more velocity. He'll move to high Class A in 2021.

  23. 23. Zach Reks | OF
    Zach Reks
    Born: Nov 12, 1993
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Kentucky, 2017 (10th round).
    Signed By: Marty Lamb.
    Minors: .280/.382/.539 | 19 HR | 0 SB | 321 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Reks struggled as an Air Force freshman and transferred to Kentucky, where he failed to make the team as a walk-on. He spent the next two years as a student-only until Wildcats assistant coach Rick Eckstein saw him athletically dismount a scooter and asked him to try out again. Reks made the team, became a starting outfielder and was drafted by the Dodgers in the 10th round in 2017 as a senior sign. He quickly made his way up the minors and hit .291/.385/.536 with 28 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A in 2019. The Dodgers brought him to their alternate training site in 2020 and added him to the 40-man roster after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Reks' game is simple: he can hit. He gets on plane quickly and has a quick, adjustable swing from the left side that allows him to cover the entire plate. He has an efficient swing path and frequently finds the barrel to generate home run power to all fields. Reks is at least an average hitter with average power, but he's a liability defensively. He's well below-average in left field and struggles both coming in and going back on balls. His arm strength is fringe-average, but he's accurate and has a quick release.

    THE FUTURE: Reks will benefit if the National League permanently adopts the designated hitter. He is in position for his major league debut in 2021.

  24. 24. Nick Robertson | RHP
    Nick Robertson
    Born: Jul 16, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 265
    Minors: 2-4 | 3.53 ERA | 63 SO | 17 BB | 59 IP

    Robertson jumped to Double-A and has impressed as Tulsa's closer. He floods the strike zone with mid-90s fastballs, has a slider that handles righties and a changeup that handles lefties. His stuff and aggressive mentality are befitting of a high-leverage reliever, and he's not far off from his major league debut.

  25. 25. Brandon Lewis | 3B
    Brandon Lewis
    Born: Oct 23, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Minors: .269/.348/.569 | 30 HR | 2 SB | 383 AB

    The enormously strong Lewis showed his plus-plus power in spurts at Low-A Rancho Cucamonga before receiving a promotion to High-A Great Lakes in late June. He has holes in his swing that need to be closed and he doesn't move well enough to stay at third base long term, but he's getting to his power enough to do damage.

  26. 26. Hyun-il Choi | RHP
    Hyun-il Choi
    Born: May 27, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Minors: 8-6 | 3.55 ERA | 106 SO | 18 BB | 107 IP

    Choi has shown elite control and pitchability at Low-A Rancho Cucamonga and enough stuff to project a future major league role for him. His fastball sits in the low 90s and touches 94 mph and his changeup has been a consistently average pitch. His slider is inconsistent, but at its best it's another potentially average offering. Choi is still maturing and learning to hold his velocity, but he's shown enough to be a potential swingman.

  27. 27. Eddys Leonard | SS
    Eddys Leonard
    Born: Nov 10, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 160
    Minors: .296/.390/.539 | 22 HR | 9 SB | 425 AB

    Leonard emerged as one of the Dodgers' better low-level prospects this year with a well-balanced offensive profile and the ability to play the middle infield. He has a chance to hit for average and power and remain in the middle of the diamond.

  28. 28. Ryan Ward | OF
    Ryan Ward
    Born: Feb 23, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .278/.352/.524 | 27 HR | 8 SB | 439 AB

    An eighth-round pick in 2019, Ward made swing changes to tap into more power this year and has shown the ability to drive the ball out to all fields at High-A Great Lakes. He has consistently made hard contact and played a serviceable corner outfield.

  29. 29. Jose Ramos | OF
    Jose Ramos
    Born: Jan 1, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 150
    Minors: .329/.396/.576 | 11 HR | 2 SB | 255 AB

    Ramos stood out quickly in extended spring training for his power and ability to crush a fastball. He still has trouble recognizing and adjusting to spin, but his power and solid athleticism bode well for his future.

  30. 30. Jorbit Vivas | 2B
    Jorbit Vivas
    Born: Mar 9, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 145
    Minors: .312/.396/.496 | 14 HR | 8 SB | 413 AB

    Vivas has an advanced feel to hit for his age and consistently produces at every level. He controls the strike zone and has the ability to manipulate the barrel to all parts of the zone and hit just about anything. He has a solid foundation for making contact and is beginning to grow into power.

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