Dodgers: 2017’s (a Little Past) Mid-Season Prospect Rankings
By Sully Engels
2. Alex Verdugo
The 21-year-old has had a tremendous season in Oklahoma City, and if you’ve checked in on Dodgers’ Twitter the last few days, you must have seen him hit one of the craziest home runs of this decade on Tuesday night. If you haven’t, check out the Canseco-type blunder here.
Verdugo has been a trending topic all year because of his work in the batter’s box and of course as a part of a potential blockbuster trade for the Dodgers. He lands at No. 2 on the list because of his consistency and ability to live up to the hype. One of two Dodger representatives in the Futures Game, Verdugo has earned his spot amongst the game’s elite prospects.
He currently leads OKC in batting average and hits and is second in doubles, triples, and walks. Although he doesn’t generate power like many other young prospects in the organization, he gets on base a ton and could be seen as a table-setter for the future of the lineup. He’s had a hitting streak of over 20 games this year as well an on-base streak of over 30.
His defense is just as solid as well, and he has proven to be the defender a lot of scouts made him out to be. So far this campaign, he has played every outfield position for the Triple-A club and hasn’t recorded an error yet.
The Arizona native will most likely have an uneasy next few days as he waits to hear about his future with Los Angeles or with another club. In my opinion, if the Dodgers make a move to get an elite level pitcher, Verdugo will more than likely be a large part of that deal.