Dodgers: Under the Radar Prospects to Keep an Eye on in 2018

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GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 07: A grounds crew member mows the outfield before the spring training game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants at Camelback Ranch on March 7, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Jacob Amaya, Shortstop

Now we are onto a player who was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 draft. He was rated the 27th best high school shortstop in the nation. Getting him with the 380th pick looked like a steal if they were able to keep him from Cal State Fullerton, and they did just that. The local product attended South Hills high school in West Covina.

He made his debut in the Arizona League. His average was .254 but his OBP was .364 showing his discipline at the plate. According to former coaches of his, he has always had a knack for knowing when to do damage. He understood his approach and is ready to adjust when needed. He gets himself into hitters counts and takes care of business. Just like the Dodgers in the big leagues.

He is currently playing shortstop and has all the tools to continue playing shortstop. However, a move to second base might be a good course of action for him. In complete opposition of the catchers, second base is razor thin in terms of organizational depth. He is a plus defender at shortstop and his athleticism and fielding prowess would definitely translate to second base.

Defensively he is solid but is his offensive upside is very intriguing. He has a nice, short and compact swing that helps him get to the inside fastball. Most of his power is to the pull side but his athleticism helps him leg out doubles and triples. He could become an extra-base hit machine and is someone to keep an eye on as he continues to progress.

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