5. Trevor Oaks
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This last spot was a battle between Oaks and Jordan Sheffield, but I ultimately went with the former because he has been with the organization longer and is more polished.
The 2014 selection rapidly moved from Class-A Rancho all the way up to Triple-A Oklahoma City last season, which garnered him some deserved attention. Across 378 career minor league innings, the 24-year-old Riverside native has a 3.24 ERA. Last season was probably his best, as he had a 2.74 ERA in 151 innings and against better competition.
He has not been able to replicate his success from last season, but he has been solid and is as polished a prospect as they come. If there was an injury crisis or lack of production from the current Dodgers’ starters, Oaks probably should be one of the first guys to get the call.
Oaks does not have the highest of ceilings, but his floor his high, and you know what you are going to get from him. He profiles as the ideal back-of-the-rotation pitcher. What you hope for in a fifth starter is quality depth, someone who can keep you in the game and eat innings, and that is what Trevor Oaks will give you.