Dodgers: 2017’s (a Little Past) Mid-Season Prospect Rankings
By Sully Engels
8. Dustin May
When the Dodgers took May in the third round of the 2016 draft, I was immediately intrigued because of his size and awesome flow coming out the back of his ballcap. Seeing as how the Dodgers’ current player with long, beautiful, red hair has worked out fairly well, I didn’t see why it was bad to have another. The 6’6 farmhand from Northwest High School in Texas has proven himself capable so far in professional baseball and has tons of room to grow.
His ERA so far in 2017 is 3.75 over 19 starts for the Great Lakes Loons, good enough to earn him a trip to Midwest League All-Star Game. May’s nearly 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio has got to make the front office happy as well and shows that their projections on him have panned out. Coming into the draft last year, May was said to have one of the best spin rates for both his fastball and curveball, which translates to giving hitters a harder time picking up the pitch.
7. DJ Peters
Peters is a guy I’ve got to see a few times, and he has really made strides this year in High-A for the Quakes. First, this guy has a pretty ideal frame for a major league outfielder and is a presence in the box. Standing at 6’6, he towers over squatting catchers and makes the outfield look like the size it is at Williamsport. Peters has knocked 19 home runs so far this year while touting an OPS of .926.
When I watch him play, I see two comparisons to the player he may become. Off the top, he looks like a former large Dodgers outfield prospect, Jayson Werth. Not only is it the hair, but the large frame and flashes of early power give him that same type of feel as a player.
The second comparison would be to Indians rookie stud Bradley Zimmer, another guy with a big frame and scary athleticism that has already allowed him to become one of the best outfielders in the major leagues. Whether it be power or speed, the bat or the glove, Peters has a lot of tools to help him keep advancing in this Dodger system, and that is exactly what I expect him to do.