With September looming and the season nearing the playoffs, I thought I would share my thoughts on what the Dodgers Top 10 Prospect list looks like to me. It might be fun to compare mine to AC’s as well. I am sure we will differ. I tend to look at this differently than many people. Here’s the list.
Dodgers Top 10 Prospects
#10 Kyle Farmer C/Infield – He has taken a big step forward this year and it seems to be coming together for him in 2017. He may never be starter but he is not unlike Austin Barnes, in that he can play multiple positions and play them well. His bat is perfect for a backup catcher and/or utilityman. He is ready now.
#9 Will Smith C/Infield – Think Austin Barnes on steroids. More power, more speed, rocket arm, amazing footwork. He will be a Gold Glove Caliber Catcher and can also play other infield positions. He’s 22 and should be ready by 2019.
#8 – Dustin May RHP – Just 19 and a lanky 6 feet 6 inches tall, May has some more growing and filling out to do. I think he will be in the high 90’s next year (he’s 95-96 this year). He is just mastering the art of pitching, but I see him as a backend of the rotation starter. I see him arriving in 2020.
#7 – Omar Estevez 2B – He is mostly playing shortstop right now but he’s more suited for 2B. He’s also just 19, and will mature physically. He has a good glove and I can see him hitting 15+ HR and hitting .280 . He is just a ballplayer. I mean that in a good way. He’s a ways away… like 2021.
#6 – Dennis Santana RHP – He might be a solid starter, but I see him more as a high-leverage bullpen piece. He can throw in the high 90’s and has an awesome sinker and an above average slider to go with a 98+ MPH fastball. He throws across his body which in my mind is not good for a starter. He could be a closer. He will be ready for the pen in 2019.
#5 – Yusniel Diaz CF – He is a young 20 and figures to mature a lot. He can patrol CF and has plus speed and a plus arm. I see him as an everyday CF in the fashion of Lorenzo Cain. Look for him in a Ravine near you in 2020.
#4 – Mitchell White RHP – Mitch could be a #2 or #3 starter. His stuff is that good. He has a 96 MPH fastball and a cutter that is as good Mariano Rivera’s. His curve is adequate. He is 22, and has the body to be a strong starter, so he could progress quickly. He likely enters the rotation in 2o19.
#3 – Alex Verdugo LF/RF – Has played a lot of CF in the minors but does not have the foot speed to play it in the majors. His bat is the deal. He can be a Tony Gwynnesque type of player. In other words, he might be a future batting champion. He has a great arm and I see him in RF. He is not a “lock” like Cody and Corey, but he’s close. He ready now.
#2 – Walker Buehler RHP – He can hit three digits on the gun, but what is most impressive is that he has several other pitches that are outstanding. He could be a #1 starter on many teams. He reminds me of Zack Greinke and is very athletic. He will be ready in 2018, but he will be in the pen later this year.
#1 – Keibert Ruiz C – Kay Bear is special. He will be the Dodgers starting catcher by 2019. Write that down. As a catcher he is outstanding in every phase of the game, except for his arm, which is average. A switch hitter, this guy can be a #2 or #3 hitter. He’s more like Corey Seager than Cody Bellinger… if you get my drift. He won’t hit 30 HR but he will hit .300. He’s a “can’t miss” guy! I think he is the best catching prospect in baseball and Smith ain’t bad either. Kay Bear is the next Dodger ROY after Buehler or Verdugo.
So, if you have been paying attention, the following players are not in my Top 10:
- Yadier Alvarez
- Jeren Kendall
- Gavin Lux
- Jordon Sheffield
- Starling Heredia
- Trevor Oaks
- Edwin Rios
- DJ Peters
Some of them will be very good players, but I am not convinced. I am pretty convinced about my Top 10. Also, don’t forget that Julio Urias will be back in 2019. He’s also a #2. WOW!