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BA Grade: 60. Risk: Medium Tool Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 55. Run: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55. Track Record: Wisconsin high school players are historically one of the draft’s least successful demographics, but Lux was a unique case. His uncle Augie Schmidt won the 1982 Golden Spikes Award and later became the coach at Division III Carthage (Wis.) College, where Lux began accompanying him to practices as a 6-year-old. After blossoming physically as a high school senior, Lux became the first Wisconsin prep drafted in the first round in 37 years when the Dodgers drafted him 20th overall in 2016. Lux struggled his first full season, but after adding 20 pounds to his skinny frame and adjusting his bat path, he took off. He raised his batting average 80 points and his slugging percentage 152 points from 2017 to 2018, and in 2019 he upped his game again. Lux hit .347 with a 1.028 OPS, both fourth in the minors, between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-Oklahoma City and won BA Minor League Player of the Year. He recorded a 50-game on-base streak, hit a career-high 26 home runs and received his first major league callup Sept. 2. He got his first hit in his first career at-bat and took over as the Dodgers’ primary second baseman down the stretch. Scouting Report: Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman called Lux’s approach “the most mature I’ve ever been around in someone his age.” When Lux gets a pitch to hit, he explodes on it with above-average bat speed and a leveraged swing that allows him to drive the ball from gap to gap. Once a doubles hitter, Lux’s liners have increasingly carried over the fence to right and center field as he’s added muscle. With an advanced approach and an increasingly impactful swing, Lux projects as a consensus plus hitter with a chance to approach .300 in his best years and 20 or more home runs per season. Lux has maintained his plus speed and athleticism even as he added muscle and grown broader. He doesn’t run often, but he picks his spots well. Lux is a true leader of the infield who commands his defense at shortstop. He attacks the ball, reads hops well and gets the ball out quickly. Lux has the athleticism, lateral range and above-average arm strength to stick at shortstop, but longstanding throwing accuracy issues make him more reliable at second base. The Future: Lux is ready to step in as the Dodgers’ everyday second baseman. As his offensive game grows, he has a chance to become their No. 2 hitter and a potential all-star.
BA Grade: 60. Risk: Medium. Tool Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 45. Control: 70. Track Record: May’s fastball sat 88-92 mph in high school, but the Dodgers liked his projectable 6-foot-6 frame and bet he would add weight and velocity. He did just that after signing as a third-round pick, progressively adding a few ticks every year up to a breakthrough 2019. May broke camp sitting 95 mph and touching 99, and he vaulted from Double-A to the majors by early August. Scouting Report: May’s sinker is a plus-plus pitch that draws comparisons with Kevin Brown’s. It comes in at 95-99 mph from his towering release point and stays off of barrels with late, hard bite. His sinker touched 100 mph during a postseason relief appearance, and batters often can’t do anything except pound it into the dirt. May’s 90-92 mph cutter is his primary swing-and-miss pitch. He can alter its shape and locate it both sides of the plate, back-dooring it to lefties and leaving righties waving through it on the outside corner. May primarily uses his sinker and cutter, but also flashes an average power curveball and fringe-average changeup that will play up with better command. His control is impeccable. The Future: May is slated to open 2020 in the Dodgers’ rotation. He is their future No. 2 starter behind Walker Buehler.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 45. Run: 40. Arm: 55. Fielding: 50. Track Record: Ruiz signed with the Dodgers for $140,000 at 16 and skyrocketed through the system, playing a full season at Double-A at age 19. He repeated Double-A in 2019 due to the organization’s catching logjam and struggled with motivation, leading to an underwhelming 76 games at Tulsa. He appeared rejuvenated after a July promotion Triple-A, but soon suffered a season-ending finger fracture. Scouting Report: Ruiz’s tools remained apparent even in a down year. His elite-hand eye coordination and ability to manipulate the barrel give him the foundation of a plus hitter, and he almost never swings and misses. Ruiz is often too passive early in counts and has to swing at pitches he can’t drive after pitchers get ahead, so the Dodgers have implored him to be more aggressive. The switch-hitting Ruiz flashes average power from the left side but almost none from the right. He should reach 12-15 homers once he starts picking out better pitches to drive. Ruiz is an improving game-caller behind the plate who flashes above-average receiving and blocking skills when he’s motivated. His average arm strength is hampered by below-average accuracy. The Future: Ruiz will try to get back on track at Triple-A in 2020. He’s still far ahead of most catchers his age.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: Medium Tool Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 70. Control: 50. Track Record: Gonsolin played both ways at St. Mary’s and actually had more home runs (seven) than saves (six) his senior year. The Dodgers drafted him as a pitcher in the ninth round in 2016 and signed him for $2,500. Gonsolin rapidly added velocity once he began focusing solely on pitching and rocketed up the system. After leading the organization in strikeouts in 2018, he rose from Triple-A to the majors in 2019 and logged a 2.93 ERA in 40 innings. Scouting Report: After topping out at 95 mph in college, Gonsolin now holds 93-96 mph late in games as a starter and touches 99 mph in relief. He pitches aggressively and is unafraid to throw his fastball to any part of the strike zone. Gonsolin gets ahead with his fastball and finishes batters with his devastating split-change, a plus-plus pitch in the mid-80s that dives below the zone and gets swings and misses. His above-average, low 80s curveball and average upper 80s slider show nice spin and shape and will improve with better command. Gonsolin is athletic and aggressive and stays around the strike zone, but his command is often scattered. The Future: Gonsolin has a chance to open 2020 in the rotation. If he stumbles, his stuff will play in high-leverage relief.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 55. Track Record: Gray entered Division II Le Moyne as a shortstop, began closing games as a sophomore and moved to pitching full-time his junior year. The Reds drafted him 72nd overall in 2018 and traded him to the Dodgers after the season in the deal that sent Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig to Cincinnati. Gray jumped three levels to Double-A in his first season with the Dodgers. He led the system in ERA (2.28) and strikeouts (147) and was named the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year. Scouting Report: Gray is slightly undersized at 6-foot-1, but his strong, athletic physique allows him to pound the strike zone and hold his stuff deep into games. Gray’s plus fastball sits 92-96 mph with running life away from lefties and into righties. Other pitchers throw harder, but Gray misses more bats because of the life on his fastball and his ability to maintain his top-end velocity and command late into games. Gray routinely lands his above-average, 84-88 mph slider with late snap for strikes, and his firm upper 80s changeup flashes average with late sink. Gray’s delivery is a bit crude, but he repeats it and flashes above-average control. He is highly intelligent and an elite competitor. The Future: Gray cemented himself as part of the Dodgers future rotation plans. He’ll head to Triple-A in 2020.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 55. Run: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55. Track Record: Downs was one of the top high school players in the 2018 draft class and signed with the Reds for just over $1.8 million after they made him the 32nd overall pick. The Dodgers acquired him after the season in the trade that sent Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig to Cincinnati. Downs started slow in his first season in the Dodgers’ system, but he caught fire during the summer and finished as one of only 10 minor leaguers with 20 home runs (24) and 20 stolen bases (24). Scouting Report: Downs is a bat-first player with a pretty swing. His hands work, he stays on time and he turns around velocity with a quick, efficient path. Downs can be overly at passive and take at-bats off, limiting him to an average hitter, but he’s a dynamic extra-base threat when he’s focused. He drives the ball from gap-to-gap and projects for above-average power as he gets stronger. Downs is an intelligent baserunner whose average speed plays up on the bases. His reliable hands and above-average arm fit anywhere on the infield, but his range is suboptimal for an everyday shortstop. The Future: Evaluators see Downs as a multi-positional, everyday infielder in the mold of Josh Harrison. He finished last season at Double-A and will open back there in 2020.
BA Grade: 60. Risk: Extreme Tool Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 55. Run: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60. Track Record: Cartaya starred for Venezuela’s junior national teams growing up and was regarded as the country’s best prospect in the 2018 international signing class. The Dodgers established a relationship with him early and signed him for $2.5 million. Cartaya began 2019 in the Dominican Summer League but proved so advanced the Dodgers moved him stateside after just 13 games to the Rookie-level Arizona League, where he excelled as a 17-year-old. Scouting Report: Cartaya is a highly advanced player on both sides of the ball. He has a short, quick swing with a sound bat path, drives the ball with an up-the-middle approach and makes adjustments to get to his power. He has strong hands and plenty of bat speed and should hit for both average and power as he matures. Cartaya presents a big target behind the plate and is flexible for his size. He’s an above-average receiver with an above-average to plus arm, and some scouts think he’s already a present major-league-caliber defender. He has a strong, durable frame and a high baseball IQ, which he shows off with smart decisions on the basepaths. The Future: Cartaya has the Dodgers dreaming of an above-average hitter and plus defender behind the plate. He’ll be only 18 next season but has a chance to move quickly.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 55. Run: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55. Track Record: The Royals drafted Hoese in the 35th round in 2018 as a draft-eligible sophomore, but he returned to Tulane and became a first-rounder with a monster junior season. Hoese finished second in the nation with a .779 slugging percentage and tied for fifth with 23 home runs, leading the Dodgers to draft him 25th overall and sign him for $2,740,300. A tender right elbow limited Hoese after he signed, but he still posted an .863 OPS in 41 games and reached low Class A Great Lakes. Scouting Report: Hoese is a mature hitter who has excellent pitch recognition and controls the strike zone. He rarely chases and forces pitchers to come to him. When they do, Hoese unloads on balls with his natural strength and leveraged swing to produce plus raw power. He can turn on balls for long home runs to left or drive them with authority the other way. With his approach, Hoese is a potential above-average hitter who should clear 20-25 home runs annually. Hoese is fringe-average runner who ticks up to average underway. He reads balls off the bat well at third base and projects to be at least an average defender with plus hands and an above-average arm. The Future: Hoese will rise as quickly as his bat takes him. He’ll begin 2020 at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 50. Run: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45. Track Record: One of eight children, Busch starred in baseball, football and hockey in high school in Minnesota before becoming one of college baseball’s top hitters at North Carolina. The Dodgers drafted him 31st overall in 2019 and signed him for $2,312,000. Busch broke his right hand after getting hit by a pitch in just his fifth game, but he returned for the end of the Arizona Fall League and reached base in 12 of 22 plate appearances. Scouting Report: Many teams thought Busch possessed the best pure swing of the 2019 draft. His swing mechanics are sound, he covers the whole plate and he can manipulate his hands to hit balls in all parts of the strike zone. Busch is more of a patient, line-drive hitter than a masher, but the Dodgers think they can make adjustments to his lower half and create more leverage in his swing to access average power. Though Busch played first base and left field in college, the Dodgers drafted him as a second baseman and believe his short-area quickness and elite work ethic will help him become playable, and possibly average, in time. He’s a below-average runner with a fringe-average arm. The Future: The Dodgers are confident they got a plus hitter. Now, it’s about developing Busch’s power and defense.
BA Grade: 60. Risk: Extreme. Tool Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 50. Run: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55 Track Record: Rodriguez starred in showcase events for years and ranked as Venezuela’s top prospect in the 2019 international class. The Dodgers locked on to Rodriguez early in the process and signed him for $2,667,500 on July 2. Scouting Report: Rodriguez was one of the most complete players in his class with an exciting combination of hitting ability, power and athleticism. He takes a patient, all-fields approach and has advanced plate discipline for someone his age. He turns around velocity with his smooth, righthanded swing and has a natural ability to lift the ball for power, especially to right-center. Rodriguez has a long track record of performing against older competition, and his approach and swing hold the promise of a potentially plus hitter with 20-plus home run power. Rodriguez is an above-average runner with the instincts to stick in center field. He has plenty of room to grow into his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame and could move to a corner as he fills out. His above-average arm strength profiles in right field, if needed. The Future: Rodriguez will be 17 the entire 2020 season and is many years away. He is set to start his pro career in the Dominican Summer League.
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