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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: .298/.409/.614 | 10 HR | 0 SB | 114 AB

    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.

  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: 2-2 | 2.40 ERA | 70 SO | 13 BB | 57 IP

    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.

  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: .319/.380/.526 | 23 HR | 11 SB | 483 AB

    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.

  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: .267/.386/.484 | 20 HR | 2 SB | 409 AB

    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.

  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: 5-9 | 4.62 ERA | 127 SO | 47 BB | 102 IP

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

  8. 8. Eddys Leonard | 2B/SS/OF
    Eddys Leonard
    Born: Nov 10, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Roman Barinas/Luis Marquez/Maneleik Pimentel.
    Minors: .296/.390/.539 | 22 HR | 9 SB | 425 AB

    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.

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

    Track Record: Jackson primarily played the outfield at Utah but also showed intriguing arm strength during 12 relief appearances. Though he posted a 6.53 ERA and missed all of 2017 after having Tommy John surgery, the Dodgers drafted him as a pitcher in the 12th round and signed him for an over-slot $247,500 bonus. Jackson made the decision look prescient when he tied for second in the organization in strikeouts in his first full season as a pitcher in 2019. He spent 2020 at the alternate training site and made his major league debut in 2021 with a 2.31 ERA in 11.2 innings.

    Scouting Report: Jackson is slowly learning to harness his immense athleticism and arm strength. His fastball ranges widely from 90-98 mph, but at his best he sits 93-96 mph and gets swings and misses up in the zone. After initially struggling to find a consistent secondary pitch, Jackson has developed impressive feel and command for a plus, 83-85 mph changeup that gets swings and misses from both righties and lefties. He sells the pitch well with his arm speed and gets batters waving over it with its late drop. Jackson experimented with a curveball, cutter and slider before settling on a short slider in the mid 80s. It has a chance to be an average pitch as he becomes more consistent throwing it for strikes. Jackson’s control has improved with experience but remains fringy. He throws more strikes at the lower end of his velocity range.

    The Future: Jackson’s stuff and control fit best in the bullpen, but he’s still improving and could start if they tick up. He’ll return to the majors in 2022.

  10. 10. Wilman Diaz | SS
    Wilman Diaz
    Born: Nov 15, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2021.
    Signed By: Roman Barinas/Jean Castro/Jose Briceño.

    Track Record: Diaz established himself as the top player in Venezuela for his age and signed with the Dodgers for $2,697,500 on the first day of the 2020-21 international signing period. He had trouble getting out of Venezuela due to coronavirus restrictions and arrived late to the Dodgers’ Dominican complex, forcing him to play catch-up throughout the DSL season. Diaz had no such issues when he arrived in Arizona for instructional league, where his athleticism and offensive potential stood out.

    Scouting Report: Diaz has all the ingredients to hit with advanced plate discipline, short actions and a loose, easy swing. He does a good job staying behind the ball and has plenty of room to add strength. Diaz projects to be an above-average hitter with at least average power, but he still has some swing work ahead. The Dodgers plan to work with him on staying in his legs more and keeping his hands closer to his body to create a more linear bat path. Diaz is more polished on defense. He’s a borderline plus runner with plenty of range, sure hands and plus arm strength from shortstop. He’s a good athlete who projects to stay at the position even as he adds weight and strength.

    The Future: Diaz’s swing development will determine if he reaches his above-average, everyday potential. He is set to make his U.S. debut in the Arizona Complex League in 2022.

  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: 0-2 | 16.20 ERA | 5 SO | 7 BB | 5 IP

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

    Track Record: Beeter had Tommy John surgery in high school but recovered to become a standout closer at Texas Tech before taking over as the Friday night starter. The Dodgers drafted him 66th overall in 2020 and signed him for $1,196,500. Beeter made his pro debut in 2021 and posted a 3.44 ERA between High-A Great Lakes and Double-A Tulsa, but he mostly worked as an opener and never threw more than 3.1 innings in an outing.

    Scouting Report: Beeter is a strong, physical righthander who pitches almost exclusively with his fastball and curveball. His plus fastball sits 93-95 and touches 98 with ride through the top of the strike zone and his is curveball is a high-spin, top-to-bottom offering in the mid 80s that drops below the zone for swings and misses. Beeter rarely throws his below-average, low-80s changeup and gets hit hard by lefties as a result. His long arm action leads to a lack of deception and fringe-average control

    The Future: Beeter is universally seen as a future reliever. His fastball-curveball combination is good enough for him to potentially be a setup man.

  13. 13. 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: .329/.396/.576 | 11 HR | 2 SB | 255 AB

    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.

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

    Track Record: Amaya grew up 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.

  15. 15. James Outman | OF
    James Outman
    Born: May 14, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Tom Kunis.
    Minors: .266/.379/.490 | 18 HR | 23 SB | 414 AB

    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.

  16. 16. Nick Nastrini | RHP
    Nick Nastrini
    Born: Feb 18, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Dennis Moeller.
    Minors: 0-0 | 1.93 ERA | 32 SO | 7 BB | 14 IP

    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.

  17. 17. Gavin Stone | RHP
    Gavin Stone
    Born: Oct 15, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: Brian Kraft
    Minors: 2-2 | 3.76 ERA | 138 SO | 25 BB | 91 IP

    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.

  18. 18. Yeiner Fernandez | 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: .355/.414/.488 | 3 HR | 1 SB | 172 AB

    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.

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

    Track Record: Hoese finished tied for fifth in the nation with 23 home runs his junior season at Tulane and was drafted 26th overall by the Dodgers in 2019. He posted an .863 OPS in his pro debut and was the Dodgers’ best hitter at the alternate training site in 2020, but he struggled badly in his first full season in 2021. He hit just .188 with two home runs in 59 games at Double-A Tulsa and missed two months with an intercostal strain. He finished the year by hitting .200/.250/.327 in an underwhelming showing in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Hoese is a divisive player who draws widely disparate opinions depending on when scouts saw him. At his best, he is a balanced hitter with a short, compact swing and drives balls to all fields with his natural strength and leverage. Other times he jumps out of his legs, gets around the ball with a long swing and his bat speed disappears. Hoese shows above-average hitting ability and power when his swing is right, but the latter swing shows up too frequently. Hoese is a below-average runner who gets what’s hit to him at third base but lacks range. His arm strength fluctuates from below-average to above-average due to his inconsistent arm slot.

    The Future: Hoese has a lot to prove in 2022, including that he can consistently maintain his best swing against upper-level pitching. He may open the season back at Double-A.

  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: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 9 SO | 2 BB | 4 IP

    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. 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.

    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.

  22. 22. Justin Bruihl | LHP
    Justin Bruihl
    Born: Jun 26, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Tom Kunis.
    Minors: 4-0 | 2.63 ERA | 50 SO | 10 BB | 38 IP

    Track Record: Bruihl had Tommy John surgery in high school and pitched one season at Cal Poly before he transferred to Santa Rosa (Calif.) JC. He pitched well enough to earn a scholarship to Cal, but he instead chose to sign with the Dodgers as a nondrafted free agent. Bruihl slowly rose through the lower minors before breaking out in 2021. He vaulted from Double-A to the majors and made 21 appearances out of the Dodgers bullpen, where he posted a 2.89 ERA.

    Scouting Report: Bruihl’s low arm slot and slightly crossfire delivery make it difficult to pick the ball up, especially for lefties. His hard, 88-89 mph cutter darts across the plate with late gloveside bite and his sweeping, 77-80 mph curveball gets lunging, off-balance swings Bruihl has average control but is prone to walks because he has to stay on the edges of the plate. His deception and pitch movement helped him hold lefties to a .150 batting average and .359 OPS in his debut, but righties hit .292 with an .830 OPS.

    The Future: The Dodgers found situations to use Bruihl successfully even with the three-batter minimum. His ability to neutralize lefties should keep him in the bullpen moving forward.

  23. 23. 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: .312/.396/.496 | 14 HR | 8 SB | 413 AB

    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.

  24. 24. 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: 1-4 | 7.86 ERA | 88 SO | 42 BB | 71 IP

    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.

  25. 25. Alex De Jesus | SS
    Alex De Jesus
    Born: Mar 22, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Luis Marquez/Laiky Uribe/Manelik Pimentel.
    Minors: .268/.386/.447 | 12 HR | 1 SB | 351 AB

    Track Record: De Jesus signed with the Dodgers for $500,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2018 and quickly emerged as one of their most promising low-level prospects. He got into bad swing habits during the coronavirus shutdown and hit .210 with a 38% strikeout rate the first two months of the 2021 season at Low-A Rancho Cucamonga, but after he made adjustments to get back to his former swing, he hit .314/.440/.490 the rest of the year.

    Scouting Report: When De Jesus is right, he has a fast, direct swing with natural loft and drives balls hard in the air from gap to gap. He got too aggressive in his approach and struggled against righthanded spin during the early part of 2021, but as he eased back and fixed his load, trigger and bat path, he began to resemble the potential average hitter with above-average power previously seen. De Jesus is a below-average runner with a big, strong body and projects to move off of shortstop. His reliable hands, quick first step and plus arm strength should help him be an average third baseman. De Jesus is a smart, mature player who takes coaching well and puts in the work to improve.

    The Future: De Jesus’ midseason improvement provides hope he can still be a power-hitting, everyday infielder. He’ll head to High-A Great Lakes in 2022.

  26. 26. Justin Yurchak | 1B
    Justin Yurchak
    Born: Sep 17, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 204
    Signed By: Joel Grampietro (White Sox).
    Minors: .365/.443/.485 | 7 HR | 2 SB | 340 AB

    Track Record: Yurchak played on the same high school team as Braves pitcher Ian Anderson and became one of college baseball’s best pure hitters, first at Wake Forest and then Binghamton. The White Sox drafted Yurchak in the 12th round in 2017 and traded him a year later to the Dodgers for lefthanded reliever Manny Banuelos. Yurchak continued to hit at every stop and finally gained some notoriety in 2021 when he hit .365 across High-A and Double-A, the highest batting average in the minors.

    Scouting Report: Yurchak can make contact on par with almost anyone in the minors. He has an efficient lefthanded swing that can make contact with almost any pitch in any location and he stays in the strike zone with a sharp eye and advanced, patient approach. He rarely swings and misses, puts together elite quality at-bats and has a knack for getting hits in clutch situations. Yurchak doesn’t hit the ball very hard, however, and his well below-average power makes it tough to find him somewhere to play. He is a below-average runner with fringy arm strength and is limited to first base defensively.

    The Future: Yurchak’s pure contact skills from the left side give him a shot to reach the majors. He’ll have to develop more power or defensive versatility to carve out a stable bench role.

  27. 27. Devin Mann | 2B/OF
    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: .244/.350/.436 | 14 HR | 6 SB | 369 AB

    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.

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

    Track Record: Taylor split his time between catcher, first base and DH at Virginia Tech and got off to a blistering start in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic canceled the season. The Dodgers drafted him in the fourth round and signed him for $397,500. Taylor jumped to High-A Great Lakes for his pro debut and shook off a slow start to hit .294 with an .842 OPS from June through the end of the season. Most importantly, he made needed defensive strides and capably handled a high-octane Loons pitching staff.

    Scouting Report: The switch-hitting Taylor is firmly a bat-first catcher. He’s a patient hitter who controls the strike zone and consistently conducts high-level at-bats from both sides of the plate. He’s a better hitter from the right side, but he made adjustments to improve his lefthanded swing and projects to be an average hitter overall. Taylor has below-average power, so most of his offensive production will come from making contact and getting on-base. Taylor’s defense is improving and has an outside chance to get to average. His receiving and framing are solid, but his blocking, throwing and game-calling all have a ways to go. He’s physically large and has below-average mobility and athleticism, which often leads to inconsistent timing and footwork on his throws.

    The Future: Taylor will have to keep improving defensively to be a backup catcher. He’ll move to Double-A Tulsa in 2022.

  29. 29. 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: 2-5 | 5.56 ERA | 115 SO | 30 BB | 81 IP

    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.

  30. 30. 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: 8-6 | 3.55 ERA | 106 SO | 18 BB | 107 IP

    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.

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