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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

    BA Grade: 65/High

    Track Record: Cartaya represented Venezuela at international tournaments from the time he was 10 years old and emerged early as the country's top player in his class. He maintained that status through his teenage years and signed with the Dodgers for $2.5 million on the first day of the 2018-19 international signing period. Cartaya immediately impressed in the Rookie-level Arizona League in his pro debut and was the youngest player the Dodgers invited to their alternate training site in 2020, where he understandably struggled against older competition. A back muscle flareup delayed his full-season debut in 2021, but he reported to Low-A Rancho Cucamonga in late May and became an instant star. He hit 10 home runs in 31 games while showing uncommon poise and maturity defensively behind the plate before his season was cut short by injuries. He went on the injured list with a strained hamstring in July and re-injured his back in August while he was rehabbing. The Dodgers shut him down for the year.

    Scouting Report: Though only 20 years old, Cartaya is a big, physical masher who is a force at the plate. He is an extraordinarily mature hitter who expertly manages the strike zone, recognizes pitches out of the hand and makes ear-ringing contact with controlled, powerful swings. His efficient swing and natural strength create booming, all-fields power with remarkable ease, and he stays through the big part of the field in his approach to hit towering drives from left-center to right-center. Cartaya turns around premium velocity, stays on breaking balls, covers the entire plate and rarely chases out of the strike zone, giving pitchers little recourse to avoid damage. He struggles at times with changeups and pitches fading down and away from him, but he still projects to be an above-average hitter with plus power, if not more. Cartaya is a good athlete who is impressively limber for his size behind the plate. He presents a good target for his pitchers, frames well at the bottom of the strike zone and controls the run game with his plus-plus arm strength. He still needs to improve his framing at the top of the strike zone and his game-calling, but he has all the tools to be a plus defender. He will have to watch his size to maintain his athleticism and mobility in blocking as he gets older. Unable to return home to Venezuela during the coronavirus pandemic, Cartaya lived with Dodgers Triple-A manager Travis Barbary in South Carolina during the 2020 shutdown and rapidly learned English. He is an exceptionally hard worker who expertly retains scouting report information and invests deeply in his relationships with pitchers. He is a natural-born leader who remains poised in adverse situations and is comfortable communicating in both English and Spanish.

    The Future: Cartaya's repeated back injuries are concerning, but if he can stay healthy, he has the talent to be a franchise catcher who hits in the middle of a lineup and contends for Gold Glove awards. He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training and will likely spend most of the 2022 season at High-A Great Lakes.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 60. Speed: 30. Fielding: 60. Arm: 70.

  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

    BA Grade: 60/Medium

    Track Record: Miller spent his first two seasons at Louisville moving between the starting rotation and the bullpen and didn't become a full-time starter until 2020. He made only four starts before the coronavirus pandemic canceled the season, but the Dodgers saw enough to draft him 29th overall. Miller immediately impressed at the alternate training site and instructional league after being drafted and made his highly anticipated pro debut in 2021. He continued to show premium stuff and advanced to Double-A, but strict pitch limits and a right oblique strain limited him to just 56.1 innings.

    Scouting Report: Miller is an intimidating presence at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and aggressively goes after hitters with a high-powered arsenal. He attacks the strike zone with a riding 95-98 mph four-seam fastball that touches 100 and a 94-97 mph two-seam fastball with hard tail and sink. His fastballs have similar horizontal movement and run together at times, but his four-seamer should be a plus-plus offering once he learns to separate it. Miller's main secondary pitch is a high-spin, 84-87 mph slider with late, two-plane break that draws swings and misses. His firm, 86-89 mph changeup with fade and sink is another potentially plus pitch that misses bats. He also has a tight-spinning, 78-81 mph curveball he can land for strikes. Miller has tightened his delivery to throw strikes more consistently and now has average control. He still has to prove he can maintain his stuff over longer outings—he completed five innings only once in 17 appearances in 2021.

    The Future: Miller has the stuff to be a No. 2 or 3 starter but still has to prove his durability. He'll open 2022 back at Double-A.

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

    BA Grade: 60/Medium

    Track Record: Vargas is the son of Cuban baseball legend Lazaro Vargas, a former Serie Nacional MVP who led two Cuba to two Olympic gold medals in the 1990s. The younger Vargas emerged as one of Cuba's top hitters as an amateur and left the country with his father in 2015, signing with the Dodgers for $300,000 two years later. After signing, Vargas immediately established himself as one of the best hitters in the Dodgers system. He hit .330 in his pro debut, .308 the following year and had his best season yet in 2021. He hit .319 with a career-high 23 home runs while advancing to Double-A and finished third in the minors in hits.

    Scouting Report: Vargas is a natural-born hitter with an uncanny feel for the barrel. His flat swing keeps his bat in the zone for a long time and covers the entire plate, allowing him to drive balls no matter where they're pitched. His inside-out swing naturally drives balls the other way into the right-center gap, but he began turning on pitches in 2021 and surprised even Dodgers officials with his above-average pull-side power. He rarely strikes out and is a consensus plus hitter. Vargas faces more questions defensively. He catches balls hit at him and has solid hands, but his slow feet limit his range and mobility at third base. He is a fringy defender with a slightly better than average arm and may have to move to first.

    The Future: Vargas draws comparisons to fellow countryman Yuli Gurriel as a hitter and has similar impact potential. He'll open 2022 at Triple-A and could make his major league debut during the year.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 65. Power: 55. Speed: 45. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50.

  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

    BA Grade: 55/Medium

    Track Record: Busch starred 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 and lost the 2020 season to the coronavirus pandemic. Busch finally got to play his first full season in 2021 and jumped straight to Double-A Tulsa, where he finished among the organization leaders in every offensive category despite being hit by a pitch on his right hand again and playing at less than full strength for a month.

    Scouting Report: Busch has some of the best hitting traits in the Dodgers system. He stays balanced in the box, is disciplined with his pitch selection and makes a lot of hard contact with a short, efficient swing. He drives the ball up through the middle of the field and has grown into above-average power with the ability to leave the park from left-center to right-center. Busch handles all types of pitches, but he's too passive at times and falls behind in counts. After Dodgers manager Dave Roberts challenged him to hit .300 during an August phone call, Busch got more aggressive and hit .346 the final month of the season. A first baseman in college, Busch has transitioned to second base and become an adequate defender who makes the routine plays. His range is limited and his below-average arm creates issues turning double plays, but he's playable with shifts.

    The Future: Busch resembles Max Muncy as both a hitter and defender and projects to be a similar player. He'll begin 2022 at Triple-A.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 55. Speed: 45. Fielding: 45. 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

    BA Grade: 55/Medium

    Track Record: Pepiot set Butler's single-season (126) and career (306) strikeout records and became the highest Bulldogs player ever drafted when the Dodgers selected him in the third round in 2019. His star rose when he struck out Cody Bellinger, Gavin Lux and Matt Beaty during a summer camp outing at Dodger Stadium in 2020 and followed with a standout performance at the alternate training site. Pepiot jumped straight to Double-A for his full-season debut in 2021 and finished second in the Dodgers system in strikeouts (127), but he also had the second-most walks (47) and struggled after a promotion to Triple-A.

    Scouting Report: Pepiot's stuff is as good as anyone's in the Dodgers system. His fastball sits 94-98 mph with hard armside run and his changeup is a devastating, 80-grade offering with late drop that gets wild swings and misses. He commands his changeup remarkably well and will throw it in any count against any hitter. Pepiot complements his primary offerings with a short, tight slider in the upper 80s that flashes average but is inconsistent, and he also has a fringy 12-to-6 curveball in the upper 70s. Pepiot has plenty of stuff, but he has long battled below-average control. He is prone to rushing through his delivery and drifting out of his balance point, leading to poor fastball command and short outings when he gets either too much of the plate or not enough of it.

    The Future: Pepiot has the stuff to be a mid-rotation starter if he can corral his delivery. If not, his fastball and changeup will play in late relief. He is in position to make his major league debut in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 50. Curveball: 45. Changeup: 80. 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

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: After spending most of his first two seasons in the bullpen, Stone moved into Central Arkansas' starting rotation in 2020 and threw a no-hitter in his final start before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the season. The Dodgers drafted him in the fifth round and signed him for a below-slot $97,500. Stone made his pro debut in 2021 and was one of the surprises of the season. He led the Dodgers organization with 138 strikeouts as he rose from Low-A to High-A.

    Scouting Report: Stone's fastball sat 90-92 mph in college but ticked up to 93-97 in his pro debut. His fastball plays up with run and ride from his low release point to make it an above-average pitch that gets swings and misses in the strike zone. Stone uses his fastball heavily, but his slider and changeup are also viable weapons. His mid-80s slider flashes average and he began incorporating a firm, 86-89 mph changeup as last year progressed and flashed a plus offering with split action and late dive. Stone is undersized and has some effort to his delivery, but he has above-average control and holds his velocity through his starts.

    The Future: Stone largely projects to be a multi-inning reliever. He still has some physical projection left and could potentially blossom into a back-end starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. 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

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Pages starred in Cuba's junior leagues as an amateur and signed with the Dodgers for $300,000 in 2018. He broke out in the Rookie-level Pioneer League the following year and was set to be traded to the Angels in a Feb. 2020 deal before Angels owner Arte Moreno canceled the trade. It turned out to be a fortuitous development for the Dodgers. Pages made his full-season debut with High-A Great Lakes in 2021 and hit a franchise-record 31 home runs, most in High-A Central. He also led the league runs (96), slugging percentage (.539) and OPS (.933) and was named MVP.

    Scouting Report: Few prospects hit the ball in the air as hard and as far as Pages. His bat speed, strength and uphill swing path combine to produce towering home runs that clear scoreboards and leave all parts of the stadium. Pages destroys pitches below the waist, but his swing path makes him vulnerable to elevated fastballs. He is a cerebral hitter who has shown the ability to adjust, providing optimism he'll make enough contact to be a fringe-average hitter. He keeps his strikeouts reasonable for a power hitter and walks plenty to maintain high on-base percentages. Pages is a below-average runner who struggles with his weight at times. He runs into outs with poor decision-making on the basepaths and is an inconsistent defender in right field who is easily distracted. When focused, he's an average defender with a plus-plus, albeit inaccurate, arm.

    The Future: Pages has the potential to be an everyday, power-hitting corner outfielder, but he has lots of areas to improve. He'll see Double-A in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 70.

  8. 8. Landon Knack | RHP
    Landon Knack
    Born: Jul 15, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Marty Lamb.
    Minors: 2-10 | 5.01 ERA | 80 SO | 27 BB | 65 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Knack spent two seasons at Walters State (Tenn.) JC before transferring to East Tennessee State, where he had continued success with average stuff and plus control. Knack's velocity jumped as a senior to vault him up draft boards to the second round, where the Dodgers selected him 60th overall. Knack missed the first month of the 2021 season with a strained hamstring and missed another three weeks later in the year after he re-injured it, but he still rose from High-A to Double-A and posted 82 strikeouts against just eight walks in 62.1 innings.

    Scouting Report: Knack sat in the low 90s most of his college career, but his stuff has progressively ticked up. His fastball jumped to 92-95 mph as a senior and now sits 93-96 mph and touches 98 with cut and ride to make it a plus pitch. The added separation from his fastball has also turned his fading, 80-84 mph changeup into a plus pitch he sells with his arm speed to get swings and misses over the top. Knack's fastball-changeup combination makes him a reverse-splits pitcher who is better against lefties than righties. His low-80s, high-spin slider flashes above-average but needs more power and break, and his average, 77-79 mph curveball is the fourth pitch in his arsenal. Knack is able to stay out of hitters' hot zones with his plus-plus control. He is a natural strike-thrower who locates in all parts of the strike zone and consistently delivers quick, efficient outings.

    The Future: Knack projects to be a steady, reliable No. 4 starter who pitches above that in his best years. He'll head to Triple-A in 2022.

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

  9. 9. Eddys Leonard | SS
    Eddys Leonard
    Born: Nov 10, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Roman Barinas/Luis Marquez/Maneleik Pimentel.
    Minors: .264/.348/.435 | 15 HR | 4 SB | 496 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: The Dodgers signed Leonard for $200,000 when he was 17, taking a shot on his raw athleticism and fast bat speed. Leonard moved slowly through the Rookie levels and missed the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but he finally played his first full season in 2021 and had the biggest breakout of any player in the Dodgers system. He hit .296 with 22 home runs and 81 RBIs as he moved from Low-A to High-A and finished second in OPS (.929) among all prospects in the organization.

    Scouting Report: Few hitters in the Dodgers system can match Leonard's bat speed. He has electric hands that get his barrel to the zone remarkably quickly, and the ball comes off fast and loud when he connects. Leonard has long crushed fastballs and began staying on righthanded sliders in 2021, which fueled his breakout. Leonard's bat speed gives him above-average raw power, and he began elevating to his pull-side this year to access it in games. He stays balanced through his swing and has few pitch types or locations that cause him to struggle. Leonard is still searching for a home defensively. He's an erratic infielder who is better at second base than shortstop and may have to move to center field. He's a fringy to below-average defender at every spot with average speed and arm strength.

    The Future: Leonard's bat gives him a chance to be a multi-positional, everyday player. He'll see Double-A in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 50. Fielding: 40. Arm: 50.

  10. 10. 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: .261/.369/.426 | 17 HR | 6 SB | 476 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Amaya grew up in suburban Los Angeles and is the grandson of former Brooklyn Dodgers prospect Frank Amaya. The Dodgers kept the connection going when they drafted the younger Amaya in the 11th round in 2017 and signed him for an above-slot $247,500. Amaya quickly established himself as the best defensive shortstop in the Dodgers system, but longstanding questions about his bat only increased after he hit .216/.303/.343 at Double-A Tulsa in 2021.

    Scouting Report: Amaya is a gifted defensive shortstop with elite instincts for the position. He is always in the right place, secures every ball with his soft, reliable hands and makes every throw with his plus, accurate arm. He's not the rangiest or flashiest defender, but he makes every play and is elite at nuances such as tags and relays. Amaya's bat is further behind. He previously demonstrated elite-strike zone discipline but tried to hit for power in 2021 and started chasing and overswinging. He's an undersized hitter who is best when he drives singles the other way with a short, direct stroke.

    The Future: Amaya's defense gives him a chance to stick as a utilityman. He'll try to make the necessary offensive adjustments in 2022.

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

  11. 11. Maddux Bruns | LHP
    Maddux Bruns
    Born: Jun 20, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Benny Latino
    Minors: 0-3 | 5.68 ERA | 67 SO | 45 BB | 45 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Very High

    Track Record: Bruns touched 97 mph at Perfect Game National to establish himself as one of the top pitchers in the 2021 draft class, but his control disappeared the rest of the summer and was hit-or-miss throughout his senior spring. The Dodgers still believed in his arm strength and drafted him in the first round, No. 29 overall, and signed him for $2,197,500.

    Scouting Report: Bruns has a strong, 6-foot-2 frame and attacks hitters with a potent four-pitch mix. His fastball sits 93-95 mph, touches 97 and is a plus pitch with the deception he generates out of his crossfire delivery. His 82-84 mph slider is another plus pitch with tough angle and late bite, and his high-arching, 74-76 mph curveball also shows plus at its best. He also has advanced touch and feel for a fading changeup that projects to be average. While Bruns' stuff is unquestioned, he has well below-average control and struggles to stay around the strike zone. The Dodgers believe his control can become average with adjustments to his timing, delivery and mindset, but he's not a natural strike-thrower.

    The Future: Bruns has to prove he can throw enough strikes to reach his mid-rotation potential. He'll try to show he can at Low-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2022.

  12. 12. 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

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: A compact and strong catcher with a 6-foot-1, 220-pound frame, Rushing has been an impressive hitter throughout his collegiate career but didn't get a chance to show his catching chops regularly until the 2022 season. Rushing split time at first base and catcher during his first two years—when 2021 No. 1 overall pick Henry Davis was on the same team—and played mostly first base in the Cape Cod League with Bourne in 2021, where he acquitted himself nicely, hitting .314/.401/.542 with six home runs and nine doubles. This spring, Rushing has been one of the more impressive college hitters in the country. Through 61 games, Rushing hit .311/.477/.693 with 22 home runs, 15 doubles and 49 walks (17.3 BB%) to 55 strikeouts (19.4%). Rushing has some holes in his swing, and he has struggled against 93-plus mph velocity throughout his career, but he swings at pitches he can do damage with and makes plenty of impact when he makes contact, with strong exit velocity numbers and good barrel rates. While Rushing's offensive performance certainly improved his stock, what really pushed him into top-two round territory was his defensive play later in the season behind the plate. Scouts came away impressed with his defensive ability and wondered why he wasn't catching every day for the Cardinals, with fine receiving skills and plus arm strength. He threw out 31% of basestealers and should only improve his defensive foundation while getting more reps and development time at the position in pro ball.

  13. 13. 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

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Nastrini entered his junior year at UCLA considered a potential first-round pick, but he suffered the yips and walked 38 batters in 31.1 innings. The Dodgers still took a shot on his potent stuff and drafted him in the fourth round, signing him for an above-slot $497,500. Nastrini rediscovered his control as a pro and dominated in six starts at Low-A Rancho Cucamonga, then became the talk of instructional league with a sensational showing.

    Scouting Report: Nastrini is a sturdy, physical righthander who flashes three plus or better pitches. His fastball sits 92-96 mph as a starter with high spin rates at the top of the strike zone. His short, tight 84-88 mph slider is a plus pitch that tunnels well off his fastball and his 78-82 mph, high-spin curveball with depth and sweep is another plus offering. His firm, 87-88 mph changeup with split action is developing. Nastrini's control is the wild card. He is a good athlete with a polished delivery and threw strikes in the past, but he presently has well below-average control and has some mental hurdles to overcome.

    The Future: The Dodgers are optimistic Nastini will find his way back and become a mid-rotation starter. His first big test will come at High-A Great Lakes in 2022.

  14. 14. 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

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Outman was a standout middle linebacker in high school, but he chose to pursue baseball and became a three-year starting outfielder at Sacramento State. He led the Western Athletic Conference with 11 home runs as a junior in 2018 and was drafted by the Dodgers in the seventh round. Outman immediately starred on defense and progressively improved as a hitter leading up to a breakout 2021. He posted a career-high .869 OPS while advancing to Double-A and finished the year with a star turn in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Outman is a physical, athletic specimen more usually seen playing football. He is a plus runner at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds with quick initial burst and elite acceleration in center field. He ticks up to nearly plus-plus speed underway and runs down long flies to both gaps and at the wall. The Dodgers refined Outman's lefthanded swing to get his upper and lower halves more in sync. He still has a hand hitch and has to cheat to get to velocity, but he sees pitches well and crushes fastballs when he connects.

    The Future: Outman is a nearly-ready fourth outfielder with his defense and power at the plate. He'll head to Triple-A in 2022.

  15. 15. Carlos Duran | RHP
    Carlos Duran
    Born: Jul 30, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 230
    Signed By: Luis Marquez/Maneleik Pimentel.
    Minors: 1-3 | 4.17 ERA | 69 SO | 24 BB | 50 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Duran stood 6-foot-7 by the time he was 17 years old and signed with the Dodgers for $300,000 in 2018 out of the Dominican Republic. He made his full-season debut in 2021 and posted an unsightly 5.56 ERA across both Class A levels, but he finished tied for fourth in the organization with 115 strikeouts and flashed one of the best sliders in the minor leagues.

    Scouting Report: Duran previously threw a four-seam fastball that stayed straight and got crushed up in the zone, so he switched to a 92-95 mph two-seamer that gets plus sink and run and still has room to improve. In any form, his fastball is merely a setup pitch for his plus-plus, mid-80s slider. Duran hides the ball well behind his big frame and the pitch turns hard with late sweep and dive, repeatedly getting righties to chase it down and away. Duran's sinker-slider combination dominates righthanded batters, but his well below-average changeup leaves him vulnerable to lefties. He has good body control for his size and throws enough strikes to project fringe-average control.

    The Future: Duran's ability to dominate with his slider bodes well for a situational relief role in the majors. He'll remain a starter for now to work on his entire arsenal.

  16. 16. Nick Frasso | RHP
    Nick Frasso
    Born: Oct 18, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Loyola Marymount, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: Bud Smith.
    Minors: 0-0 | 1.83 ERA | 76 SO | 17 BB | 54 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: A multi-sport athlete in high school who was a high-flying basketball player in addition to a pitcher, Frasso matriculated to Loyala Marymount where he gained 40 pounds of muscle over his three years with the program, getting his fastball up to 97 mph. He underwent Tommy John surgery in June of 2021 and returned to action less than 11 months following the surgery.

    Scouting Report: A tall righthander that oozes athleticism, Frasso's game is predicated on power. He blends his mid-to-high-90s four-seamer that's been up to 100 mph this spring with a tighter slider at 82-85 mph. His best pitch based on performance this season is his mid-80s changeup. He's been limited to 3-4 innings per start which is to be expected as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. Promoted to High-A Vancouver in early July, Frasso has impressed, missing bats with all three of his pitches and limiting walks. It's still undetermined how many innings Frasso can build up to but he has the stuff to dominate in the pen.

    The Future: A rapid return to form from Frasso has seen his profile take a significant jump. Due to his high-powered stuff he provides a bullpen floor, with a potential rotation ceiling.

  17. 17. Jose Ramos | OF
    Jose Ramos
    Born: Jan 1, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 150
    Signed By: Luis Marquez/Cliff Nuiter.
    Minors: .249/.339/.479 | 25 HR | 4 SB | 474 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Ramos signed with the Dodgers for $30,000 out of Panama when he was 17 and immediately emerged as a potential sleeper in the system. He delivered on that promise in his U.S. debut in 2021. Ramos torched the Arizona Complex League to earn a promotion after only 15 games to Low-A Rancho Cucamonga, where he hit.313/.377/.559 over the final two months.

    Scouting Report: Ramos is a strong, aggressive hitter who feasts on fastballs. He has a smooth, rhythmic swing with plenty of bat speed and strength. He turns fastballs around 400-plus feet with his plus raw power and posts some of the highest exit velocities of any Dodgers prospect. Ramos struggles to recognize breaking balls, but he's adept at working himself into fastball counts and playing to his strengths. Ramos is a playable defender in center field and above-average in right field with his average speed and clean routes and reads. His best tool is his plus-plus, accurate arm that makes jaw-dropping throws.

    The Future: Ramos will have to better learn to recognize or lay off breaking stuff. If he does, he could be an everyday, power-hitting right fielder.

  18. 18. Michael Grove | RHP
    Michael Grove
    Born: Dec 18, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: West Virginia, 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jonah Rosenthal.
    Minors: 1-5 | 3.79 ERA | 90 SO | 26 BB | 76 IP

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Grove looked like a future first-round pick as an underclassman at West Virginia, but he had Tommy John surgery during his sophomore year and missed his entire junior season as well. The Dodgers still drafted him in the second round and gave him an above-slot $1,229,500 bonus. Grove's stuff took three years to return, but it finally happened at Double-A Tulsa in 2021. Even though he showed poor control and posted a 7.86 ERA, the Dodgers still added him to their 40-man roster after the season.

    Scouting Report: Grove rebuilt himself into a power pitcher and now possesses the most imposing stuff of his career. He generates 94-97 mph fastballs that touch 99 as a starter with little effort out of his strong, athletic delivery. He complements his heater with a hard slider at 86-89 mph and a power curveball at 78-81 mph that both have downer action and get swings and misses. While everything looks good on paper, Grove's fastball is straight and he tends to leave it over the plate, where it gets crushed, and he lacks a soft offering to keep batters from gearing up. His uptick in stuff has also come with a downgrade in his control, which is now below-average and prevents him from lasting long in his starts.

    The Future: The Dodgers hope Grove's stuff will play in relief moving forward. His transition to the bullpen may come in 2022.

  19. 19. Rayne Doncon | SS
    Rayne Doncon
    Born: Sep 22, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 176
    Signed By: Domingo Toribio/Laiky Uribe/Roman Barinas.
    Minors: .255/.306/.481 | 12 HR | 6 SB | 239 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record:: Doncon used the 2020 coronavirus shutdown to get stronger and enhanced his stock on the international market. The Dodgers signed him for $497,500 out of the Dominican Republic on the first day the 2021 signing period opened. Doncon continued to blossom physically after he signed and outperformed many of his more touted classmates in the DSL in his pro debut. He hit .283/.387/.455 while showing an intriguing power-speed combination and made a loud first impression on Dodgers officials at instructional league after the season.

    Scouting Report: Doncon is a long, lean 6-foot-2 with a high waist and lots of physical projection to dream on. He has fast bat speed, excellent natural timing in the batter's box and consistently barrels fastballs. He has a flat swing plane that results in a lot of low line drives, but he has a chance to grow into average or better power as he gets stronger and fills out physically. Doncon remains lean and is a capable shortstop with good actions and a plus arm. He is a tick below average runner who projects to slow down as he continues to fill out, so he may eventually have to move to third base.

    The Future: Doncon's offensive potential has the Dodgers excited. He will make his stateside debut in the Arizona Complex League in 2022.

  20. 20. Peter Heubeck | RHP
    Peter Heubeck
    Born: Jul 22, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Paul Murphy
    Minors: 0-1 | 7.39 ERA | 42 SO | 25 BB | 32 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Heubeck emerged as one of the top prep pitchers in the Northeast and led Gilman High to the Maryland Class A state title in the spring, highlighted by a 15-strikeout performance in the semifinals. The Dodgers drafted him in the third round and signed him for a $1,269,500 bonus. Heubeck impressed with nine strikeouts in only four innings in the Arizona Complex League after signing, and then became a favorite of Dodgers officials during instructional league.

    Scouting Report: Heubeck is a thin, projectable 6-foot-3 righthander who keeps trending up. His fastball sits 90-91 mph with elite riding life at the top of the strike zone and should tick up as he fills out physically. Heubeck complements his fastball with a plus, 12-to-6 curveball in the low 80s with impressive depth and power. He effectively throws his fastball up and curveball down to give him the north-south profile teams covet. Heubeck mostly relies on those two pitches but has flashed an average changeup. He has an easy delivery and a clean arm action that give him average control.

    The Future: Heubeck has a promising foundation but needs to get stronger. He'll head to Low-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2022.

  21. 21. Devin Mann | 2B
    Devin Mann
    Born: Feb 11, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Louisville, 2018 (5th round).
    Signed By: Marty Lamb.
    Minors: .264/.380/.464 | 16 HR | 1 SB | 375 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: A contact hitter in college at Louisville, Mann got stronger and made swing changes after the Dodgers drafted him in the fifth round in 2018. The changes helped him become one of the top power hitters in the High-A California League in his first full season, but he lost those strength gains and his swing regressed during the coronavirus shutdown. Mann struggled at Double-A Tulsa when minor league play resumed in 2021, but he eventually rounded into form and hit .279 with an .852 OPS over the season's final three months.

    Scouting Report: Mann is a tall, lanky righthanded hitter with strong strike-zone discipline, good pitch recognition and above-average contact ability even when he isn't going well. He's adept at working counts and drives balls from gap to gap when he's right. Mann's slow start depressed his overall numbers in 2021, but he showed his ability to adjust and still projects to be an average hitter with double-digit home run power with the way he finished. Mann has long been a stiff, below-average second baseman, but he began playing first base and the outfield in Tulsa. He gets excellent reads in the corner outfield and covers enough ground with his long gait.

    The Future: Mann's hitting ability and newfound defensive versatility give him a chance to be a bench option. He'll head to Triple-A in 2022.

  22. 22. Ronan Kopp | LHP
    Ronan Kopp
    Born: Jul 29, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 250
    Minors: 5-3 | 2.74 ERA | 108 SO | 43 BB | 63 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: The 6-foot-7 lefthander has shown a potent mix of stuff and deception en route to a dominant season at Low-A Rancho Cucamonga. The unique angles from his long limbs help his upper-90s fastball and plus breaking ball generate exceptional movement.

  23. 23. Edgardo Henriquez | RHP
    Edgardo Henriquez
    Born: Jun 24, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Minors: 2-3 | 4.54 ERA | 44 SO | 18 BB | 36 IP

    BA Grade: 45/Very High

    Track Record: Henriquez fell under the radar in the 2018-19 international signing class and drew little attention when he signed with the Dodgers out of Venezuela as a 16-year-old. He broke out as one of the top pitching prospects as in the Arizona Complex League in 2021 and ascended to the rotation at Low-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2022.

    Scouting Report: Henriquez has matured into a big, hard-throwing righthander with some of the best pure stuff in the Dodgers system. His fastball sits 96-98 mph and touches 101 and his mid-80s slider flashes plus with late break off the plate. He also has a firm changeup in the low-90s. Henriquez oozes potential but requires a lot of refinement. His fastball command is below-average and the inconsistency of his delivery causes his fastball to lose its life and play down. He struggles to land his slider in the zone and his changeup has a long way to go. Henriquez flashes average control when his delivery is working, but at other times he shows well below-average control.

    The Future: Henriquez has a chance to be a hard-throwing, high-leverage reliever if he can improve his delivery. He'll continue to start in the minors for development purposes.

  24. 24. Jorbit Vivas | 2B
    Jorbit Vivas
    Born: Mar 9, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 145
    Signed By: Luis Marquez/Roman Barinas/Andres Simancas.
    Minors: .269/.374/.401 | 10 HR | 2 SB | 479 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: Vivas was an undersized shortstop with a track record of hitting when the Dodgers signed him for $300,000 out of Venezuela in 2017. He never really grew and he moved off of shortstop, but he's continued to hit. Vivas made his full-season debut in 2021 and hit .321 with 14 home runs, 87 RBIs and an .893 OPS as he rose from Low-A to High-A. The Dodgers added him to their 40-man roster after the season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.

    Scouting Report: Vivas hardly stands out with his small, unimposing frame, but he's a talented hitter who frequently outperforms his more physically gifted peers. He consistently puts the bat on the ball with his excellent hand-eye coordination and natural ability to manipulate the barrel. He has a sharp eye at the plate and rarely chases, forcing pitchers to throw strikes and not missing when they do. Vivas posts below-average exit velocities, but he picks out pitches to drive and has gotten strong enough to sneak them over the fence. Vivas is a below-average runner with a fringy arm and is limited to second base defensively. He makes routine plays but is challenged on the move.

    The Future: Vivas' size and lack of athleticism lead to skepticism he'll succeed at higher levels. He'll try to silence those doubts at Double-A in 2022.

  25. 25. River Ryan | RHP
    River Ryan
    Born: Aug 17, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Minors: 2-4 | 2.45 ERA | 70 SO | 21 BB | 48 IP

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    August Update: A two-way player at UNC Pembroke, Ryan has seen his fastball tick up to 97 mph now that he's focused solely on pitching. His developing secondaries, elite athleticism and fresh arm are all indications his best days are still ahead.

  26. 26. Yeiner Fernandez | 2B/C
    Yeiner Fernandez
    Born: Sep 19, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Roman Barinas/Jean Castro/Cristian Guzman.
    Minors: .292/.383/.430 | 10 HR | 3 SB | 363 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: Fernandez played for Venezuela in the 2015 Little League World Series and built a long track record of hitting to become one of the top catchers in his class. The Dodgers signed him for $717,500 and sent him to the Arizona Complex League for his pro debut in 2021, where he hit .319/.382/.454 and received a late promotion to Low-A Rancho Cucamonga.

    Scouting Report: Fernandez hardly cuts an imposing figure with his short, stocky build, but has elite hand-eye coordination and barrel control and sprays line drives all over the field. He handles upper-90s velocity and has sneaky power that could become average once he starts to pull the ball. He is aggressive and doesn't walk much, but he recognizes pitches and rarely swings and misses. Fernandez was a second baseman who converted to catching and is still learning to play the position. He's a good athlete with soft hands and is making progress with his blocking, throwing and game-calling. He has a chance to be an average defender with a plus, accurate arm, but that requires a lot of projection.

    The Future: Fernandez's bat will buy him time to develop his defense. He is playable enough at second base to be a catcher/infielder utilityman.

  27. 27. Kyle Hurt | RHP
    Kyle Hurt
    Born: May 30, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 220
    Minors: 5-7 | 5.27 ERA | 109 SO | 59 BB | 72 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    August Update: Acquired in a trade with the Marlins for reliever Dylan Floro, Hurt has long had premium stuff and is finally starting to put everything together. He has a 95-96 mph fastball with late run he holds late in games, his changeup is a plus pitch and his slider is developing. Hurt previously struggled with his fitness, poise and confidence on the mound, but they've all made great strides to help his results finally match his stuff.

  28. 28. Hyun-il Choi | RHP
    Hyun-il Choi
    Born: May 27, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Jon Deeble/Allen Lin/Simon Kim.
    Minors: 0-1 | 4.50 ERA | 4 SO | 0 BB | 4 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: Choi had a chance to be a top pick in the Korea Baseball Organization draft out of high school but instead signed with the Dodgers for $300,000. He led the Rookie-level Arizona League in strikeouts in his pro debut in 2019 and, after spending the coronavirus shutdown in South Korea, posted a 3.55 ERA in 106.1 innings as he moved from Low-A to High-A in his full-season debut in 2021. He finished among the organization's leaders in innings, ERA, wins (8), strikeouts (106) and WHIP (0.969) and was named the Dodgers' minor league pitcher of the year.

    Scouting Report: Choi is extremely polished for his age and has advanced command of a four-pitch arsenal. His fastball ranges from 90-94 mph with late armside run and plays up with his ability to locate it precisely on both sides of the plate. His best secondary pitch is an average, 80-84 mph split-changeup that plays well off his fastball in part because of how well he locates the pitch. Choi's 80-84 mph slider flashes average but is inconsistent and he rarely uses his slow, 72-74 mph curveball, but he can locate both with plus control. Choi works quickly and efficiently and holds his stuff and command for the better part of five innings before slowing down.

    The Future: Choi's command and pitchability give him a chance to rise as a swingman. He may see Double-A in 2022.

  29. 29. Ryan Ward | OF
    Ryan Ward
    Born: Feb 23, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .255/.319/.486 | 28 HR | 5 SB | 459 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: Ward set single-season records at Bryant for batting average, hits, home runs and total bases and graduated as the school's all-time leader with a .383 batting average. The Dodgers drafted him in the eighth round in 2019, and he promptly finished in the top five in the organization in runs (91), hits (122), home runs (27), RBIs (84) and total bases (230) in his first full season at High-A Great Lakes.

    Scouting Report: Ward isn't the most physical or athletic player, but he just plain hits. He has a picturesque lefthanded swing and drives balls hard with authority to all fields. He controls the strike zone, limits his strikeouts and has a short, direct swing that makes a lot of impactful contact. Though he's not overly big, he's thick and strong in his frame and can hit balls as far as anyone. He hits both lefties and righties and handles all types of pitching. At least an average hitter with average power, Ward is challenged defensively as a below-average left fielder with a below-average arm. He is slowly improving but will always be limited to a corner.

    The Future: Ward earns comparisons to Matt Beaty for his pure hitting ability. Like Beaty, he has a chance to find a home on a big league bench if he can improve his defense.

  30. 30. Damon Keith | OF
    Damon Keith
    Born: May 28, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Minors: .277/.411/.478 | 17 HR | 5 SB | 437 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    August Update: The only position player the Dodgers signed from their 2021 draft class, Keith has plus power out of a quick, easy swing and doesn't strike out much for a power hitter. He's a fringe-average defender and is old for his current level, but his bat is real.

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