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Track Record: Ruiz mainly attracted teams with his defense as an amateur in Venezuela, training at the academy run by former major league shortstop Carlos Guillen. Almost immediately after signing with the Dodgers, Ruiz began holding his own against older players. At age 17 he moved to the Rookie-level Pioneer League and hit .354 as the league's youngest player. At 18 he jumped to full-season ball and hit .316 with an .813 OPS between low Class A and high Class A. And in his age-19 season, as the rare teenaged catcher in the upper levels, Ruiz had the lowest strikeout rate of any hitter in Double-A, hit a career-high with 12 home runs and ably handled Tulsa's high-octane pitching staff. Scouting Report: Ruiz originally intrigued with his defense, but as he's progressed his offense stands out. He is a gifted switch-hitter with excellent timing and bat speed and loose wrists that enable him to manipulate the barrel to all parts of the zone, giving him excellent plate coverage. He has an aggressive approach and doesn't walk much, but he stays within the strike zone and rarely swings and misses. Ruiz puts together good at-bats from both sides of the plate, but he has faster hand speed and more natural lift in his lefthanded swing. He has progressively added strength and increased his home run total every season, now projecting for double-digit homers to go with a plus bat. Ruiz's defense lags behind his offense but is still advanced for his age and is constantly improving. He shows good timing blocking balls, is an above-average--if sometimes inconsistent--receiver and has developed a knack for backpicking runners. He has an average, accurate arm that occasionally gets slowed down by footwork and transfer issues, but he made strides to clean those up and improved his caught stealing rate to a career-best 26 percent in 2018. Ruiz also became more confident handling a staff, from presenting gameplans to pitchers to knowing when to take mound visits. The Future: Ruiz's success on both sides of the ball as a teenager in Double-A made him the top catching prospect in baseball for many evaluators. His potential as a switch-hitting, middle-of-the-order catcher has him positioned to be next in the long line of Dodgers great homegrown backstops.
Track Record: Verudgo rose quickly after the Dodgers drafted him 62nd overall in 2014 and signed him for $914,600. He represented Mexico in the World Baseball Classic at age 20, reached the majors by 21 and had a chance for a larger role in his age-22 season last year, but the Dodgers' outfield glut forced him back to Triple-A. Verdugo finished fifth in the Pacific Coast League with a .329 average, and hit .260 over three callups with the Dodgers. Scouting Report: Verdugo is the purest hitter in the Dodgers system with a simple, balanced swing. He generates hard line drives to all fields and is extremely patient, recording nearly as many walks (86) as strikeouts (97) over the last two years. Verdugo's average home run power is mostly to his pull side, but he can drive the ball hard the other way too. Verdugo stays dialed in at the plate, but an indifferent attitude affects the rest of his game. He has average speed and gets good jumps in right field when he's focused, but he often isn't and lets balls drop that shouldn't. His slow motor also shows up on the bases, frustrating teammates and coaches alike. The Future: Verdugo has the potential to be high-average, moderate power outfielder like Nick Markakis, but only if he improves his effort. He'll try to secure regular at-bats with the Dodgers in 2019.
Track Record: When the Dodgers drafted Lux 20th overall in 2016, he was a skinny teenager with athleticism and instincts--his uncle Augie Schmidt was the No. 2 pick in 1982--but was he short on physicality. After a middling first full season, Lux bulked up and broke out in 2018. Bigger, stronger and faster, Lux led all full-season minor league shortstops in batting average and slugging percentage as he surged from high Class A to Double-A, winning Dodgers minor league player of the year. Scouting Report: Lux caught up to velocity and recognized pitches even when he struggled, and his added strength unlocked an above-average hitter with growing power. Lux has a rhythmic, athletic setup that allows him to fire his barrel through the zone, and a path adjustment to get on plane resulted in significantly more hard contact in the air. Lux mostly pulls the ball on a line, but can elevate for home runs to tease average power. Lux stayed limber as he got stronger and remains an above-average runner with plus baserunning instincts. He has the range, hands, athleticism and above-average arm strength for shortstop, but throwing accuracy issues have him largely projected to second base The Future: Lux has the bat to profile at either middle infield position, likely as a No. 2-type hitter with a lot of doubles. He'll see Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2018.
Track Record: A string-bean skinny high schooler with bushy red hair, May sat in the low 90s when the Dodgers drafted him in the third round in 2016 and signed him for $997,500. After two years of growth and patience, May's fastball velocity jumped from 89-92 mph to 93-96 mph in 2018 and sent him skyrocketing. He cruised through high Class A up to Double-A as a 20-year-old, capping his season with a win in the clinching game of the Texas League championship series. Scouting Report: May's ability to command his fastball and pitch downhill made his heater a weapon even at lower velocities. Now with his velocity bump, it's a true plus pitch with power sink. May used his fastball about 55 percent of the time early in the season, but after bumping that usage to around 70 percent in mid-June, he took off. May's power curveball and cutter each flash above-average but aren't consistent because they're relatively new to his arsenal. His low 80s power curve replaced his slider, and his cutter became his go-to pitch for lefties after his firm, below-average changeup stalled. May is the rare long-limbed pitcher with plus control, pounding the zone and limiting his walks at every level. The Future: May has size, velocity, control and performance all on his side. If he improves his secondaries, he can be a mid-rotation starter or better.
Track Record: An infielder by trade, Smith impressed with his ability to catch Kyle Funkhouser, Zack Burdi and other triple-digit flamethrowers at Louisville and signed with the Dodgers for $1,772,500 as the 32nd overall pick in 2016. He immediately showed the same impressive catching ability as a pro, guiding Walker Buehler, Yadier Alvarez, Dennis Santana and other high-octane arms through the Dodgers system. Despite missing a month with a deep thumb bone bruise, Smith hit a career-high 20 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A in 2018, all while splitting his time between catcher (49 games) and third base (43) so fellow catching prospect Keibert Ruiz could also get reps behind the plate. Scouting Report: Smith's best asset is his athleticism. He has quick feet, soft hands and an above-average arm he can get to from multiple angles, making him a plus defensive catcher and above-average defender at third base. Smith was a contact hitter in college, but the Dodgers reworked his swing to generate more loft. An adjustment to get ready a tick earlier revealed above-average power in 2018, although his uphill swing yields more swings and misses than expected given his solid bat speed, hands, direction and approach and drains his ability to hit for average. The Future: The Dodgers brought Smith to Los Angeles at the end of 2018 to observe how big leaguer catchers prepare. His major league debut is on the horizon in 2019.
Track Record: Ferguson had Tommy John surgery his senior year of high school, but the Dodgers gave him $100,000 to sign as a 38th-rounder even with the injury. After rehab and three years of careful workload management, the Dodgers turned Ferguson loose in 2017, and he went out and won the California League ERA title. He followed with 10 dominant starts at Double-A and Triple-A to open 2018 and reached the majors in June. Scouting Report: Previously able to touch 94 mph only in his first inning before dropping to 89-92, Ferguson improved his nutrition and fitness in 2018 and better sustained his velocity. With a slimmer and stronger body, his fastball is now sits 93-95 mph and touches 97 in relief, and he holds it over multiple innings. His main secondary is an above-average upper 70s curveball with 12-to-6 bite that he controls better than his fastball. Ferguson's fringy changeup is raw and rarely used, but his fastball-curveball is combo potent enough he still had reverse-splits, posting better numbers against righties (.661 OPS) than lefties (.733). The Future: Ferguson has already shown himself to be a relief asset in the majors. Depending on the Dodgers' needs and if he's given the chance to develop his third pitch, he could still grow into a rotation piece.
Track Record: Santana, whose basketball-loving father named him after Dennis Rodman, signed with the Dodgers as a shortstop for $170,000 but converted to pitching after his first season. The lanky righthander took to pitching quickly, earning all-star honors in the Midwest League in 2016 and California League in 2017 before shooting through Double-A and Triple-A up to the majors in 2018. Santana earned the win his major league debut on June 1 and was set to make his first start on June 7, but was scratched with a strained rotator cuff and missed the rest of the season. Scouting Report: The long-limbed Santana whips his arm around his body out of a low slot to create a potent combination of deception, velocity and movement. His fastball sits 93-95 mph and touches 97 with significant sink and run, handcuffing righthanded batters and occasionally busting his catcher's thumb. It's a plus offering, but its premium movement also makes the pitch difficult to command. Santana's above-average 82-85 mph slider is effective against righties but runs into the barrel against lefties, so the continued improvement of his 85-87 mph changeup will be key. It flashes average and Santana is confident throwing it. The Future: Santana's has the stuff and track record to start, but his arm slot and resulting suspect command have most evaluators preferring him in the bullpen, where he has closer upside.
Track Record: Gonsolin played both ways at St. Mary's as the Gaels starting right fielder and top reliever/spot starter. The Dodgers, intrigued by his fastball up to 95 mph, drafted Gonsolin in the ninth round in 2016 and signed him for $2,500 with the idea his velocity would jump if he focused solely on pitching. That hunch proved correct. Gonsolin sat in the low 90s when he signed, humped up to the mid-90s midway through his first full season and touched 99 mph by the end of 2017. He asked the Dodgers for the chance to start in 2018 and took advantage when they granted his request, leading the system in ERA (2.60) and strikeouts (155) as he rose to Double-A. Scouting Report: Gonsolin flashes three above-average or better pitches as a starter, though not always at the same time. His fastball sits 94-96 mph with ride and he holds that velocity into the late innings. His 78-81 mph curveball with big depth was voted the best breaking pitch in the California League, and his diving 85-88 mph split-change increasingly became a favored option. He also flashes an average upper-80s short slider. Gonsolin mixes well and throws all his pitches for strikes, although his command is a bit scattered. He remains a dangerous hitter owing to his two-way past. The Future: Gonsolin was one of the Dodgers' most asked about players in trade discussions last year, but his four-pitch mix has him firmly in the team's rotation plans. He'll see Triple-A in 2019.
Track Record: White's career has been a frustrating tale of success interrupted by injury. He had Tommy John surgery right before college but recovered to emerge as Santa Clara's ace as redshirt sophomore and be drafted 65th overall. In his first full season he posted a 2.93 ERA while advancing to Double-A but also missed six weeks with a broken toe. In 2018 he missed the first month of the season due to general soreness and struggled to find a rhythm most of the year before finishing with a 3.00 ERA over his final eight starts. Scouting Report: White has plus stuff at his best but is woefully inconsistent. Sometimes he'll work 94-97 mph, others he'll be 90-93, and most often he's 92-95. White has a fluid arm action but crosses his body and loses his direction to the plate, resulting in his stuff playing down and an inability to locate to his armside. Tulsa pitching coach Dave Borkowski made late-season tweaks to liven White's backside, yielding some improvement. White's short, tight upper 80s slider is his most consistent pitch and shows plus at its best. His 12-to-6 curveball flashes above-average and his changeup average, but neither are consistent. The Future: White looks like a potential frontline starter at his best but struggles to sustain it. Maintaining his health and refined delivery will be key in 2019.
Track Record: Muscular and massive at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, Peters set Western Nevada JC's single-season home run record in 2016 and signed with the Dodgers for $247,500 as a fourth-round pick. Playing for the organization he grew up rooting for in L.A. suburb Glendora, Peters led the Pioneer League in total bases in his pro debut, won California League MVP his first full season and led the Double-A Texas League with 29 home runs in 2018, although that came with league-high 192 strikeouts. Scouting Report: Peters' carrying tool is his enormous raw power, which some scouts grade an 80. With a chiseled core and long limbs, Peters creates prodigious leverage and demolishes anything left over the plate, frequently clearing 400 feet to all fields. Peters long arms leave him vulnerable to velocity inside however, and he led both the California (189) and Texas leagues in strikeouts despite good strike-zone discipline because he swings and misses in the zone so much. Peters is tremendously athletic for his size and a serviceable center fielder with average speed and long strides that allow him to cover enough ground. His above-average arm strength helps him profile in right field, although his accuracy is an issue. The Future: Peters' strikeout rate is alarming, but the hope is he can get to his power enough to make an impact. He'll move to Triple-A in 2019.
Track Record: Cartaya ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the 2018 international class after a decorated amateur career, headlined by representing Venezuela at international tournaments since he was 10.The Dodgers locked onto Cartaya early and signed him for $2.5 million on the first day of the signing period. Scouting Report: The 17-year-old Cartaya is beyond his years in terms of his baseball IQ and feel for the game. He is a polished hitter with a short, quick swing that drives the ball to all fields and has a sharp understanding of the strike zone. He recognizes pitches, rarely chases and overall has the traits of a potential plus hitter with a high on-base percentage. His power is mostly to the gaps now, but he could grow into average home run pop with physical maturity. Defensively, Cartaya is a smooth, athletic receiver with a plus arm and quick exchange, and he shows solid flexibility and agility in blocking balls. The Future: Cartaya shows all the promising traits of a well-rounded catcher, but the journey for teenage catchers is long and rife with potential pratfalls. He'll get his first taste of pro ball in 2018.
Track Record: Rios finished second in the nation with 18 home runs his junior year at Florida International and the Dodgers drafted him in the sixth round. He's raked ever since entering pro ball, piecing together a career .302/.351/.528 line with 64 homers in just under three seasons' worth of games. Rios was in line for his major league debut in 2018, but a strained oblique and subsequent hamstring injury limited him to 88 games at Triple-A. Scouting Report: Rios is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound lefthanded masher with plus power generated by fast hands and excellent timing. He gets to his home run power both to the opposite field and to his pull side, and hits both righties (.309 in 2018) and lefties (.291). Rios rarely walks and his swing can get a little long, but he has hit for average at every level. Rios focused on improving his defense in 2018 and became average at first base and playable at third base, as well surprisingly decent in left field. He's a below-average runner but has good short-area quickness and reaction times. His above-average arm plays best in the infield with a quick release. The Future: With Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger at first base, Rios is going to have to continue improving his defense at third base and left field to get into the Dodgers lineup. Otherwise, his bat makes him an interesting trade candidate.
Track Record: Downs comes from a baseball family. His father, Jerry Sr., pitched in Colombia. His older brother Jerry is a first baseman in the Red Sox organization. And Jeter was named after Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Drafted 32nd overall in 2017 by the Reds, Downs showed power and speed in his first taste of full-season ball with 13 home runs and 37 stolen bases at low Class A Dayton. After the season, the Reds traded him to the Dodgers as part of the deal for Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer. Scouting Report: Downs wasn’t fazed by the Midwest League, showing off a future above-average hit tool and racking up extra-base hits. He uses a simple setup and sound mechanics to generate loud contact, showing the ability to hit to all fields with average power. Downs has the tools to stay in the infield, though evaluators believe his modest range and above-average arm will fit better at third base or second base than his present shortstop. He’s an above-average runner who is a constant threat to steal because of good reads and jumps. The Future: Downs joins a Dodgers system light on infield prospects and projects as a regular at either second or third base. He'll begin his Dodgers career at Class A Class Rancho Cucamonga in 2019.
Track Record: Santana signed for $50,000 in 2013 and largely stayed under the radar until a breakout 2017. Facing skepticism he could repeat it, Santana went to high Class A Rancho Cucamonga in 2018 and finished tied for the California League lead in home runs (24), led the league in RBIs (109) and was named postseason MVP after batting .308 with a 1.154 OPS to lead the Quakes to the California League championship. Scouting Report: Santana is a physical, explosive hitter who punishes fastballs. His physicality and bat speed produce plus power to all fields, sending balls over scoreboards in left field and out over deep gaps in right-center. Santana crushes the hard stuff, but he is very aggressive and extremely poor at recognizing breaking balls, fishing below the zone and swinging and missing wildly. Santana's is a plus defender who makes incredible reaction plays at third base, although his mobility on the move needs to improve. His plus-plus arm is the best in the Dodgers system. The Future: Santana's power, defense and ability to hit a fastball give him the solid foundation of an everyday player. Whether he improves his breaking ball recognition will determine if he gets there.
Track Record: The Dodger stunned the industry when they signed Alvarez for $16 million in 2015 despite the fact he failed to make Cuba's junior national team because he was so wild. After teasing progress in his 2016 debut, Alvarez fell back into his wild ways in 2017 and melted down at Double-A Tulsa in 2018. He missed the first three months with a groin strain, had nearly as many walks (43) as strikeouts (52) in 48.1 innings after he returned, and reportedly left the team briefly in September after a disagreement with management, although the Dodgers dispute the details of that account. Scouting Report: Alvarez's flaws are tolerated because he tantalizes with an easy 95-99 mph fastball. He generates plus arm speed and is hard to pick up, helping his fastball play despite the fact it's often left over the plate. Both his upper 80s slider and 12-to-6 curveball flash above-average-to-plus, but he has no control of either of them. Alvarez's control is well below-average and results in frequent non-competitive pitches, although a move to the stretch full-time late in the year yielded improvement. The Future: Alvarez flashes moments of a power fastball and two plus breaking balls, and that's what evaluators hold onto. He'll try to show he's improved and matured in 2019.
Track Record: Wong is the latest of the infielders-turned-catchers the Dodgers love, following Kyle Farmer, Austin Barnes and Will Smith. Wong played shortstop his freshman year at Houston before moving to catcher and hit at both spots, leading the Dodgers to draft him in the third round in 2017. Wong made a strong impression in his first full season, finishing in the top 10 in the California League in home runs (19) and OPS (.831) while providing a steady presence behind the plate to lead high Class A Rancho Cucamonga to the league championship. Scouting Report: Wong is slight physically but makes up for it with his athleticism and preparation. He is a studious observer who absorbs copious amounts of data on hitters to help his pitchers. On the field, Wong is an above-average athlete who receives and throws well with an average arm. His lack of experience catching shows in blocking sometimes, particularly to his right. As a hitter, Wong is aggressive and jumps on first-pitch fastballs, but he struggled after pitchers adjusted and started him with breaking balls, resulting in a 32 percent strikeout rate. He has the average power to drive home runs out to left field when he connects. The Future: Wong's athleticism and intangibles have evaluators liking him as a potential backup catcher. He'll try to show he's more at Double-A Tulsa in 2019.
Track Record: Kendall looked like a potential top-10 pick after starring for U.S. Collegiate National Team in 2016, drawing comparisons to Kenny Lofton. A concerning amount of swings and misses the following spring at Vanderbilt dropped him to 24th overall. Kendall continued to show premier athleticism his first full season with high Class A Rancho Cucamonga, but also a distressing amount of whiffs. He hit just .215/.300/.356 with a 32 percent strikeout rate, tied for third-worst in the California League. Scouting Report: Kendall is one of the most dynamic athletes in baseball. He's a plus-plus runner who gets to top speed quickly, is a Gold Glove-caliber center fielder who runs pristine routes, and has a plus, accurate arm that yielded 11 assists. He even flashes plus raw power out of his sneaky strong frame. Kendall's problem is he has yet to find a workable setup at the plate, resulting in a terrifying number of late, non-competitive swings. With an upright, inanimate stance, Kendall doesn't catch up to velocity and freezes on breaking balls. He draws walks and is a dangerous basestealer when he gets on, but pitchers who throw strikes neutralize him. For the second straight year the Dodgers spent instructional league tinkering with Kendall's setup, aiming to get him in a better position to hit. The Future: Kendall's big tools give him upside, but his hitting has to improve significantly to even be a backup. He'll try to make the needed adjustments in 2019.
Track Record: Grove was shaping up as a possible future first-rounder his sophomore year at West Virginia, but he blew out his elbow in his ninth start and had Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss the rest of 2017 and all of 2018. The Dodgers saw enough when Grove was healthy to believe in him and drafted him in the second round, No. 68 overall. Scouting Report: Grove enticed before his injury as a superb athlete with two potential plus pitches. He has pristine pitchers body at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and is athletic and explosive in his delivery. When healthy, Grove's fastball sat an easy 93-96 mph with excellent carry through the upper third of the strike zone. His 85-86 mph power slider with vertical drop tunneled well off his fastball, giving him a second plus offering. Grove rarely threw a changeup in college, so the Dodgers put him in a changeup development camp to try different grips and see what works. The Future: Grove's stuff wasn't quite back yet in instructs, but he is expected to be ready by Opening Day. If everything comes back, he has mid-rotation potential.
Track Record: When Gray arrived at Le Moyne (N.Y.) College he was a shortstop whose arm was his best tool. He began pitching significantly the summer before his sophomore year and transitioned to being a starting pitcher for his junior season. He dominated Division II, going 11-0, 1.25, and was drafted by the Reds in the supplemental second round. He proved equally impossible to hit in the Appalachian League, where he would have led the league in ERA and opponent's average if he had not fallen two innings short of qualifying. After the season, the Dodgers acquired Gray with Jeter Downs and Homer Bailey for Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer.Scouting Report: Gray has a lively arm, athletic body and excellent arm strength. His 91-95 mph fastball is a plus pitch because of its life, his command of it and his ability to generate swings and misses up in the zone. His 84-87 mph slider could use further refinement. It's somewhat slurvy for now, but it shows late tilt at its best and projects as an above-average pitch. Gray also mixes in a developing changeup that needs to improve. Gray shows advanced fastball command and average control for his age. The Future: Gray has plenty of room to continue to develop as a pitcher. His athleticism, strong lower half and his feel for pitching gives him a strong base.
Track Record: Carrillo signed with the Dodgers for $75,000 in 2016 after training with the Mexican League's Tijuana Toros and intriguing with his quick right arm. After a strong showing in the DSL in 2017, Carrillo made his U.S. debut in 2018 and was promoted out of the Rookie-Level Arizona League after just four appearances. He handled the aggressive promotion with aplomb, turning in a 1.65 ERA over nine starts at low Class A Great Lakes. Scouting Report: Carrillo is nicknamed "The Assassin" for two reasons. First, he is meticulously poised and unflappable, mowing down his opponents with precision. And second, his stuff is deadly. Carrillo is all of 6 feet, 154 pounds, but he sits 90-94 mph and touches 97 with heavy sink at the bottom of the strike zone. His changeup is an above-average pitch that overwhelmed lower level hitters, and he teases an average curveball. Carrillo is a good athlete who repeats his clean delivery to throw all his pitches for strikes, keeping hitters guessing and drawing uncomfortable swings. He wore down at the end of the year and was sitting 87-90 by his final start, but he had the guile to battle through. Though he only struck out 6.8 batters-per-nine in the Midwest League, he limited opponents to a .192 average. The Future: Carrillo's stuff excites, but he has yet to throw more than 60 innings in a season and his small frame yields durability questions. He'll try to show he can hold up at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga in 2019.
Track Record: Vargas is the son of Cuban baseball legend Lazaro Vargas, an infielder who played 22 years in Cuba's Serie Nacional and won two Olympic gold medals with the country's national team. After the younger Vargas starred for Cuba in the 2014 15U World Cup in Mexico and 2015 18U World Cup in Japan, father and son left the island together in Nov. 2015. Nearly two years later, in Sept. 2017, the Dodgers signed Miguel Vargas for $300,000. Scouting Report: Vargas had a reputation as one of Cuba's top youth hitters and lived up to it in his pro debut, batting .400/.464/.592 at the Rookie levels before finishing the year at low Class A Great Lakes. Strong and physical at 6-foot-3, 198 pounds, Vargas combines an advanced approach, supreme hand-eye coordination and plus raw power. He has an inside-out swing that primarily sends drives for doubles into the right-center gap, but once he learns to pull the ball evaluators expect his home run numbers to spike. Defensively, Vargas has quick hands and an above-average arm at third base, but his slow-twitch body has most evaluators projecting him to first. The Future: Vargas will have to mash to rise as a likely first baseman, but he has the offensive tools to do it. He'll start 2019 back at Great Lakes.
Track Record: Willeman spent two years as Kent State's closer before moving to the rotation as a junior in 2017. He pitched well as a starter and had late draft helium, but he had Tommy John surgery a week before the draft and fell. The Dodgers snagged him in the 19th round and signed him for $125,000. Willeman sat 90-95 before surgery, but after nearly 14 months of rehab with the Dodgers, he returned in late July sitting 94-96 mph and touching 99. Scouting Report: Willeman is a broad, physical power pitcher. His fastball velocity stands out, and he impresses even more with two power breaking balls that flashed plus. His hard slider checked in 91-92 mph and his hammer power curveball clocked 83-84. Willeman's control was a little off, but not beyond what was expected from someone who hadn't pitched in a year. His head stays still in his delivery and he reaches top velocity with little effort, enough to project average control. The Future: Willeman threw only 19.1 innings, so his durability remains an open question. With a premium fastball and two potential plus secondaries, his upside is enormous if he can stay healthy.
Track Record: Ortiz was little known as an international amateur and didn't sign for nearly a year after becoming eligible, landing with the Dodgers for $60,000 in June 2017. After impressing in the DSL after signing, Ortiz made his U.S. debut in 2018. Scouting Report: Ortiz is a strong, mature-bodied lefthander with the smooth delivery to log innings. His above-average fastball sits 92-94 mph and plays up with gloveside life. He shows feel to spin a tick above average breaking ball, although it's presently a little slurvy, and his excellent hand speed portends an above-average changeup. Ortiz commands all of his offerings and shows an advanced feel to pitch. He's also an eager learner with a makeup conducive to improving. Ortiz's frame doesn't leave much more room for growth, but the Dodgers are confident he'll get stronger and add velocity. The Future: The Dodgers internally liken Ortiz to Caleb Ferguson with his mature body, competitiveness and feel for three pitches. He'll move to full-season ball with low Class A Great Lakes in 2019.
Track Record: Sborz won Most Outstanding Player at the 2015 College World Series as Virginia's relief ace. The Dodgers drafted him in the second round that summer and tried to develop him as a starter, but Sborz returned to relief in 2018 and moved to the doorstep of the majors. After some initial bumps at Triple-A, he held opponents scoreless in 12 of his final 15 appearances and didn't allow a hit in three playoff outings. Scouting Report: Sborz sat in the low 90s as a starter but ticked up in relief. His fastball sits 94-95 mph out of the bullpen and frequently gets to 96-97. Sborz comes straight over the top and powers his fastball downhill to both corners, although it occasionally sails on him. Sborz's vertical upper 80s slider is a plus pitch at its best, but his command of it inconsistent. When it's on, he looks the part of a late-inning reliever with two plus pitches and a competitive streak. Sborz is capable of pitching back-to-back days and can go multiple innings if needed. The Future: Sborz's move to relief fits squarely with the Dodgers bullpen needs. He was added to the 40-man roster after the season and will likely make his ML debut in 2019.
Track Record: Beaty finished in the top five in Belmont history in hits, RBIs and walks and was drafted by the Dodgers in the 12th round in 2015. He starred from the outset, making the California League all-star team in his first full season and winning Texas League player of the year in his second. An intercostal strain followed by a torn UCL in his thumb limited him to just 31 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Scouting Report: Beaty lacks huge tools but has always hit, batting .309/.366/.445 in his pro career. He has innate feel for the barrel, takes an advanced, patient approach and makes quick adjustments. He is a line-drive hitter who uses the whole field, and he can elevate to his pull side for home runs. He rarely strikes out and wears pitchers down with consistent, competitive at-bats. Beaty is solid-average at both third and first base with an average arm, and he saw time at second base and left field in 2018 to enhance his versatility. He plays hard with a grinder mentality, endearing him to teammates and evaluators alike. The Future: Beaty's ML debut is on the horizon in 2019. He'll break in as a bench player and has a chance to become more.
Track Record: The Dodgers gave Estevez $6 million during their 2015 Cuban signing spree that included Yadier Alvarez and Yusniel Diaz. After looking like a poor investment for two years, Estevez overhauled his approach, swing and preparation and turned into a different player in 2018. On the back of scorching second half, Estevez led the California League in runs (87) and doubles (43). Scouting Report: Estevez chased everything and pulled off the ball for two seasons before changing it up. He began doing weighted ball hitting drills to help him stay through the baseball, and once that clicked, it opened up the big part of the field and the doubles came in spades. With increased confidence and success came improved pitch selection as well, with Estevez overall showing the potential to be an average hitter with gap power. Estevez's tools are lacking beyond his bat. He has decent hands but is a below-average runner with a thick lower half who will have to move off shortstop. His arm is fringy. The Future: Estevez's long-term defensive home will be second base, and only if he hits. He'll try to maintain his improvements at Double-A Tulsa in 2019.
Track Record: After posting ERAs above 5.00 his first two years at Hofstra, Rooney stood out in the summer of 2017 in the Cape Cod League and then had an All-American junior season. Rooney finished second in the nation with a 1.23 ERA and set the Hofstra program record for strikeouts (108) and innings pitched (95). The Dodgers drafted him in the third round, No. 104 overall, and signed him for $563,240. Scouting Report: An imposing 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, Rooney cleaned up his previously husky body and improved his stuff and control as a result. His fastball sits in the low 90s and ramps up to 94 mph with ride, and Rooney commands it in all four quadrants of the strike zone. He mixes in an above-average mid-80s slider and his changeup began showing average. He mixes all his pitches and keeps traffic off the bases with an elite pickoff move. After signing, he picked off 10 runners in eight games. The Future: Rooney's track record is short, but the Dodgers believe he'll move fast as a lefthanded strikethrower with three pitches. He'll head to high Class A Rancho Cucamonga in 2019.
Track Record: The Dodgers have had success signing older international pitchers at a discount in recent years, with Uceta a prime example. Signed for just $10,000 as an 18-year-old out of the Dominican Republic, Uceta helped pitch Rookie-level Ogden to the Pioneer League championship in his first season. In his second, he ranked seventh in the Midwest League in ERA (3.25) before a promotion to high Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Scouting Report: Uceta is still growing into his slight frame, giving him some projection on his three-pitch mix. His fastball sits 90-92 mph and touches 94, and he backs it up with a sweeping slider that starts in the righthanded batter's box and ends up on the outside corner. He mostly relies on his fastball and slider, but his changeup flashes average and has shown better in the past. Uceta has average control and sometimes spends a little too much time in the strike zone, resulting in high home runs allowed totals. The Future: Uceta's stuff is a tick light at present, so a lot depends on him filling out and adding velocity. He'll start back at Rancho Cucamonga in 2019.
Track Record: The Dodger signed Rincon for $325,000 as part of their massive 42-player, $90-million international signing class in 2015. A physical outfielder who struggled to translate his big power from batting practice into games as an amateur, Rincon labored to hit as a pro until moving to high Class A Rancho Cucamonga at the end of 2018, when he went off for 15 home runs in 29 games. Scouting Report: Rincon is an extremely competitive, aggressive player, and that aggressiveness got the best of him early in his career. Under the calming influence of Rancho Cucamonga manager Drew Saylor, Rincon learned to dial it back and threw himself into the advance scouting process. Better prepared and more relaxed, he began hunting fastballs and putting his easy plus raw power into play. Rincon remains aggressive and prone to strikeouts, but he's moving in the right direction. He is a well below average runner and well below average defender in both corner outfield spots. He reads fly balls better in right field and has an average arm. The Future: Rincon's future is tied squarely to his bat. He'll try to carry his late-season outburst over into in 2019.
Track Record: Amaya's grandfather Frank Amaya played four seasons as a shortstop in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization beginning in 1955. The younger Amaya raised his draft profile with a star showing at the 2017 National High School Invitational as a senior for West Covina (Calif.) South Hills High School, and the hometown Dodgers drafted him in the 11th round. He signed for $247,500 to pass up a Cal State Fullerton commitment. Scouting Report: Amaya lacks huge tools but keeps getting on base and playing plus defense everywhere he goes. He has the plate discipline and pitch recognition of a leadoff hitter, and his growing strength is gradually producing harder contact. Amaya's swing is more suited for doubles than home runs, but as he picks out the right pitches to drive evaluators can envision double-digit home runs to go with an average bat. Amaya's advanced instincts at shortstop have him in the right in position to make seemingly every play. He is an average runner who gets excellent jumps and reads off the bat, and he has an above-average arm with a good internal clock. The Future: Amaya's advanced offensive approach and impressive shortstop defense have the Dodgers high on him. He'll spend 2019 at the class A levels.
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