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  1. 1. 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: .254/.389/.503 | 22 HR | 1 SB | 362 AB

    Track Record: Cartaya played for Venezuela in international tournaments from the time he was 10 years old and progressively emerged as the country's best player in his class. The Dodgers made him their top target during the 2018-19 international period and signed him for $2.5 million. Cartaya played just 80 games in his first three years after signing due to the canceled 2020 minor league season and an assortment of injuries, including a pair of back flareups and a hamstring strain. He made staying on the field a top priority in 2022 and played a career-high 95 games as he rose from Low-A to High-A. He finished in the top 10 in the Dodgers' system in doubles (22), home runs (22) and OPS (.892), earned a selection to the Futures Game at Dodger Stadium and was named the Dodgers' minor league player of the year.

    Scouting Report: A large, physical masher at 6-foot-3, 219 pounds, Cartaya has grown into plus-plus power and has become one baseball's most promising young power hitters. He demolishes baseballs from left-center to right-center field with a fast, powerful swing and drives balls over the wall even when he mishits them. He crushes both high-end velocity and good breaking stuff and has a knack for playing up to his competition, including when he homered off Padres lefthander Blake Snell during a rehab start last May. Cartaya's swing gets a tad long at times, leading to bouts of strikeouts, but he has the instincts and awareness to self-correct and make adjustments. Cartaya recognizes pitches, stays in the strike zone and draws plenty of walks to post high on-base percentages on top of his power. He projects to be an average hitter with plus-plus power and still has room to improve as he becomes more consistent with his swing mechanics. Cartaya's defense has further to go. Once considered a potential plus defender, he has gotten tighter in his hips and upper body as he's gotten bigger and lost quickness and mobility. He has yet to find an optimal setup with his new physique and receives pitches too deeply, resulting in drops and framing issues at the top of the zone. He is frequently late on blocks and allowed 93 wild pitches and 11 passed balls in just 64 games in 2022. The Dodgers ascribe Cartaya's struggles to rust at the beginning of the year and fatigue at the end of it, but his setup, receiving technique and blocking all need significant improvement for him to be an average defender. Cartaya does have the intangible components for catching. He is an advanced game-caller who communicates well with his pitchers and is bilingual. He has above-average arm strength that plays up with a quick release.

    The Future: With Will Smith entrenched as the Dodgers' catcher, Cartaya has time to improve his defense without being rushed. He projects to be a middle-of-the-order force in the Dodgers' lineup no matter his ultimate position.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 70. Speed: 30. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60

  2. 2. 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: 7-7 | 4.25 ERA | 145 SO | 37 BB | 113 IP

    Track Record: Miller flashed explosive stuff at Louisville but didn't get a consistent chance to start until his junior year, when he made four starts before the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 season. The Dodgers saw enough to draft him 29th overall and sign him for $2,197,500. A right oblique strain limited Miller in his pro debut, but he took off with full health in 2022. He recorded 145 strikeouts against just 37 walks, the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the Dodgers' system, and rose from Double-A to Triple-A. He started the Futures Game at Dodger Stadium and struck out the side while being the game's only pitcher to top 100 mph.

    Scouting Report: Miller is an intimidating physical presence at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and has the stuff to match. His high-octane fastball explodes out of his hand at 97-99 mph and routinely touches 100-101. His fastball doesn't have overwhelming movement, but he has improved his command of it to make it a plus-plus pitch and can blow it by hitters with his pure power. Miller also has a two-seam fastball that sits 97-100 mph with hard tail and sink that gives batters another hard offering to consider. Miller's tight upper-80s slider with late bite is another plus-plus pitch that overwhelms hitters, and his sinking 87-90 mph changeup has become a plus pitch as he's learned to reach out and finish it. He rounds out his arsenal with a sweeping, 11-to-4 curveball in the low 80s that is an average pitch. Previously wild, Miller has streamlined his delivery and now pounds the strike zone with average control. He is still learning how to properly sequence his pitches and can be too intense at times.

    The Future: Miller has the stuff, physicality and control to be a frontline starter similar to Brandon Woodruff if he can polish his mental approach. His big league debut should come in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 50. Slider: 70. Changeup: 60. Control: 50

  3. 3. 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: .304/.404/.511 | 17 HR | 16 SB | 438 AB

    Track Record: Lazaro Vargas was one of Cuba's best hitters throughout the 1980s and '90s. His son Miguel inherited his father's gifts and emerged as one of Cuba's top amateur hitters before he left the country in 2015. He signed with the Dodgers two years later for $300,000. Vargas continued to hit at every level and owns a career .313 average. He earned a selection to the Futures Game in July and received his first big league callup on Aug. 3. He doubled in his first career at-bat.

    Scouting Report: Vargas is as complete a hitter as any player his age. He has outstanding control of the strike zone, an innate sense for which pitches to attack and an elite feel for the barrel. He squares up all types of pitches with a direct, inside-out swing that stays in the zone for a long time and covers the entire plate, giving pitchers few holes to attack. He naturally drives the ball the opposite way to right-center field and has begun turning on pitches on the inner half. Vargas doesn't have huge raw power, but he's a borderline plus-plus hitter who makes so much quality contact he should reach 20-plus home runs as he gets stronger. Vargas has remade his body to become sleeker and faster and is now a plus runner who posted the second-fastest sprint speed on the Dodgers in 2022. The improved agility has helped his range at third base, but he's still a below-average defender whose actions, footwork, throwing accuracy and focus need improvement. He is raw and inexperienced at first base, second base and left field.

    The Future: Vargas earns frequent comparisons to countryman Yuli Gurriel and has similar potential to be a premier hitter who contends for batting titles. The Dodgers will try to find Vargas' best position to get him in the lineup every day in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 65. Power: 50. Speed: 60. Fielding: 40. Arm: 55

  4. 4. 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: .274/.365/.516 | 32 HR | 4 SB | 552 AB

    Track Record: Growing up in Minnesota as one of eight brothers and sisters in his family, Busch starred in football, hockey and baseball in high school and blossomed into one of college baseball's top hitters at North Carolina. The Dodgers drafted him 31st overall in 2019 and signed him for $2.312 million. Injuries to his right hand after he was hit by pitches limited Busch in both his pro debut and first full season, but he excelled with full health in 2022. Busch led the minor leagues with 118 runs scored and ranked third with 70 extra-base hits and 285 total bases.

    Scouting Report: Busch's exceptional plate discipline is the foundation of his success. He exudes calm in the batter's box and rarely chases outside the strike zone, putting together high-quality at-bats and forcing pitchers to throw the ball over the plate. Busch unloads on balls with a short, balanced swing from the left side and drives them hard in the air from left-center to right-center field. He occasionally gets underneath fastballs at the top of the zone, but he has the strength, hand-eye coordination and feel for the barrel to do damage against all types of pitches. Busch can be too passive at times, leading to too many strikeouts looking, but he has improved his aggressiveness and projects to be an average hitter with plus power as he further refines his approach. A first baseman in college, Busch transitioned to second base as a pro and remains a work in progress defensively. He's a fringe-average runner with limited mobility and isn't particularly smooth, but he tends to make the plays even if it isn't always pretty. He projects to be a fringy but playable second baseman with a below-average arm.

    The Future: Busch earns frequent comparisons with Max Muncy as a middle-of-the-order masher and functional, albeit limited, defender. He'll open 2023 at Triple-A and is poised to make his MLB debut.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 40

  5. 5. 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: 9-1 | 2.56 ERA | 114 SO | 36 BB | 92 IP

    Track Record: Pepiot set Butler's single-season (126) and career (306) strikeout records during a decorated three-year career and became the program's highest-drafted player when the Dodgers selected him in the third round in 2019. After a star turn at the alternate training site in 2020, Pepiot reached Triple-A in his first full season in 2021 and took another leap in 2022. He finished second in the Pacific Coast League in ERA (2.56) with Triple-A Oklahoma City while becoming the Dodgers' go-to callup option when they needed a starter. He made his MLB debut in May and went 3-0, 3.47 over nine appearances (seven starts) with the Dodgers across the season.

    Scouting Report: Pepiot is physical, 6-foot-3 righthander with premium stuff. His high-spin fastball sits 94 mph and touches 98 with hard armside run out of his strong, powerful delivery. His slider has been a point of emphasis in his development and now sits 84-87 mph with added sweep to make it an average pitch he can locate down in the zone. Pepiot's formerly elite changeup has regressed with his focus on his slider, but it's still a plus offering in the upper 80s with late dive that gets empty swings and weak contact from experienced hitters. Pepiot's below-average control has long been a work in progress and remains so. He struggles to command his fastball and his changeup is more of a chase pitch, which hitters laid off of in the majors. Pepiot doesn't miss the zone by much and generally throws enough strikes to get through four or five innings, but he struggles to go much further.

    The Future: Pepiot projects to be a hard-throwing starter who goes five innings before handing it off to his bullpen. He has the stuff to be an elite setup man or potential closer if he moves to relief.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 50. Changeup: 60. Control: 40

  6. 6. Gavin Stone | RHP
    Gavin Stone
    Born: Oct 15, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: Brian Kraft
    Minors: 9-6 | 1.48 ERA | 168 SO | 44 BB | 122 IP

    Track Record: Stone spent most of his first two seasons at Central Arkansas pitching in relief before moving to the rotation as a junior. He pitched a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts in his final start before the coronavirus pandemic ended the 2020 season. Drafted by the Dodgers in the fifth round, he signed for a below-slot $97,500. Stone immediately showed himself to be a potential steal when he led the Dodgers' system in strikeouts in his pro debut. He solidified that status in 2022 by leading the minor leagues with a 1.48 ERA as he rocketed from High-A to Triple-A.

    Scouting Report: Stone is undersized with a small frame, but he's an elite athlete who keeps getting stronger and adding velocity. His fastball has grown from 90-92 mph in college to 93-96 in his pro debut to now 94-98 to make it a plus pitch he commands well. His fastball doesn't have exceptional movement characteristics, but he moves it around the zone effectively and mixes it well with his secondary pitches. Stone's best pitch is a plus-plus 84-87 mph changeup with late run and dive he will throw in any count. He can land it for strikes or get chase swings with it and almost never allows hard contact. Stone's tight, vertical slider in the mid 80s tunnels well off his fastball and is a potentially above-average pitch that gives him a quality third offering. He rarely throws his fringy 79-82 mph curveball, but he can land it for a strike. Stone has improved his command in unison with his velocity and throws crisp strikes with plus control. He is a focused, composed competitor on the mound and holds his velocity deep into starts despite his small frame.

    The Future: Stone's enhanced stuff gives him a chance to be a midrotation starter, though his slight frame still gives some evaluators pause. His major league debut should come in 2023.

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

  7. 7. 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: .236/.336/.468 | 26 HR | 6 SB | 487 AB

    Track Record: Pages starred as one of the top hitters in Cuba's junior leagues and signed with the Dodgers for $300,000 after he left the country. He promptly finished among the league leaders in home runs in the Dominican Summer League and Rookie-level Pioneer League in his first two seasons and led the Midwest League with 31 homers in 2021, earning the league's MVP award. Pages moved to Double-A Tulsa in 2022 and continued his power binge with 26 home runs, third-most in the Texas League, but he also hit a career-low .236. He earned a measure of redemption by tying for second in the Arizona Fall League with five home runs.

    Scouting Report: Pages possesses enormous power that is the best in the Dodgers' system. His fast bat speed, immense strength and uphill swing path combine to produce towering home runs that leave all parts of the stadium and clear scoreboards. Pages has a knack for delivering big home runs in clutch situations and gets to his power enough to project 30 homers annually. Pages is a cerebral hitter, but his uphill swing path leaves him vulnerable to elevated fastballs and he is prone to chasing sliders off the plate. He is learning to lay off pitches he can't drive but has holes that will limit him to a below-average hitter. Pages has gotten heavier as he's aged and is now a well below-average runner with a thick lower half. He gets good jumps in right field and has improved his focus to be an average defender, but he'll have to monitor his conditioning to make sure he doesn't get much bigger and lose mobility. He has plus-plus arm strength and has improved his throwing accuracy to make his arm a game-changing weapon.

    The Future: Pages' youth and power give him a chance to be a low-average slugger who hits just enough to play every day. He'll head to Triple-A in 2023 and could make his major league debut during the year.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 70. Speed: 30. Fielding: 50. Arm: 70

  8. 8. Dalton Rushing | C
    Dalton Rushing
    Born: Feb 21, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 220
    Minors: .404/.522/.740 | 8 HR | 1 SB | 104 AB

    Track Record: Rushing spent his first two seasons at Louisville backing up future No. 1 overall pick Henry Davis at catcher and didn't get a chance to start until his junior year. He impressed with a standout showing in the Cape Cod League before the season and followed with a team-high 23 home runs in the spring. The Dodgers drafted Rushing with the 40th overall pick in 2022 after he wowed them during interviews at the draft combine and signed him for $1,956,800. Rushing continued to mash after signing, hitting .424 with eight home runs in 30 games for Low-A Rancho Cucamonga and solidifying the Dodgers' belief he was a first-round talent who fell.

    Scouting Report: A standout linebacker in high school, Rushing is a muscular, physical slugger who squats 700 pounds and does immense damage with his raw strength. He unloads on balls with a compact, violent swing and crushes them to all fields, frequently clearing 400 feet. He has exceptional plate discipline and an advanced feel for picking out pitches he can drive, helping him project to be an average hitter with plus power. Rushing has holes in his swing, primarily against fastballs up and in, but the Dodgers believe adjustments to his posture will rectify the issue. Rushing is a good athlete despite his bulk and is an average runner underway. He maintains that athleticism behind the plate, but he is very raw as a receiver and is a below-average defender overall. Rushing's glove frequently gets beat by the ball to the spot, and he has timing issues in his framing and blocking. His plus arm strength is hindered by below-average throwing accuracy. Rushing has the elite work ethic and competitive makeup to improve.

    The Future: Rushing projects to be a slugger who hits in the middle of the order regardless of position. He'll focus on improving his defense to stay behind the plate in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 55

  9. 9. Nick Nastrini | RHP
    Nick Nastrini
    Born: Feb 18, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Dennis Moeller.
    Minors: 6-4 | 3.93 ERA | 169 SO | 55 BB | 117 IP

    Track Record: Nastrini arrived at UCLA as a top recruit out of San Diego's Cathedral Catholic High and grew into premium stuff as he gained strength and maturity. He entered his junior year with the Bruins considered a potential first-rounder, but he suffered a horrendous case of the yips and was dropped from the rotation by April. The Dodgers decided to take a shot on Nastrini's raw stuff and drafted him in the fourth round in 2021, signing him for $497,500. He rediscovered his control and composure under the Dodgers' instruction and flew up to Double-A in his first full season in 2022. He led the Dodgers' system with 169 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .178 average, third-lowest in the minor leagues.

    Scouting Report: Nastrini is a physical, 6-foot-3 righthander with power stuff. His fastball sits 94-95 mph and touches 98 with above-average ride and extension that helps it play as a borderline plus-plus pitch, especially at the top of the strike zone. His short, vertical slider in the mid 80s flashes above-average with late drop below barrels, and his fading mid-80s changeup is an average pitch that is more consistent than his slider. He added an 80-83 mph power curveball late in the year that is fringy now but has a chance to improve with more development. Nastrini has a polished, repeatable delivery, but he tends to be too methodical in his tempo and mechanics, leading to below-average control. He is best when he works quickly and lets his natural athleticism take over on the mound.

    The Future: Nastrini's loud stuff and improved control give him a chance to be a No. 4 starter if he can maintain his strides. He will open 2023 at Double-A and has an outside chance to reach the majors during the season.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 65. Curveball: 45. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 40

  10. 10. James Outman | OF
    James Outman
    Born: May 14, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Tom Kunis.
    Minors: .294/.392/.586 | 31 HR | 13 SB | 473 AB

    Track Record: Outman starred as a middle linebacker in high school, but he chose to pursue baseball and became a three-year stater at Sacramento State. The Dodgers drafted him in the seventh round in 2018 after he led the Western Athletic Conference in home runs as a junior and signed him for $157,500. Outman rebuilt his swing under the Dodgers' instruction and broke out offensively in 2022. He rose from Double-A to the majors and homered in his first MLB at-bat, against the Rockies, on July 31. He returned to Triple-A and hit for the cycle twice in four games, headlining a season in which he finished second among Dodgers prospects with 69 extra-base hits.

    Scouting Report: Outman is a strong, physical athlete at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. He previously struggled to make contact against pitches on the inner half, but after controlling his leg lift and lowering his hands in 2022, he became more athletic in his swing and began clearing his hips to eliminate the hole. Outman hits balls hard with his raw strength and now covers enough of the plate to reach average power and be the strong side of a platoon. He still has some length to his swing and holes against breaking balls that will prevent him from hitting for a high average. Outman is a powerful, plus runner who accelerates well to chase down balls in the outfield. He has the athleticism and timing to scale walls and rob home runs and projects to be an above-average defender at all three outfield positions. He rounds out his defense with a plus, accurate arm that produced six outfield assists last season.

    The Future: Outman is frequently requested in trades by teams who believe he can be an everyday center fielder with his swing improvements. He fits best in a platoon and is ready to fill that role in MLB.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 50. Speed: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60

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