Dodgers: Three Non-Top 100 Prospects to Keep an Eye on This Season


The Dodgers minor league season kicks off today; the Dodgers feature one of the deepest farm systems in baseball.

The Dodgers minor league affiliates will kick off their 2018 season today. The Dodgers farm system boasts many top prospects like Walker Buehler, Kiebert Ruiz, and Jeren Kendall among others.  The strength of the Dodgers farm system is the quality depth they have in the minor leagues.  Especially at pitcher and catcher, the Dodgers organization is stacked.

While it’s obvious that some of their top prospects like Walker Buehler will make an impact in the big leagues this season, there are some other players who are worth keeping an eye on.  Not all of them will step foot in Los Angeles this season, but they all have a potential future in LA.  Here is one player from each prominent minor league team that I am keeping an eye on this season.

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Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Gavin Lux

Lux is a former first-round pick as he was picked in the 2016 draft by the Dodgers.  While Lux was seen as a potential shortstop of the future when Corey Seager eventually moves to third base, that is now up in the air.  Gavin Lux played some second base last season is known to be a slick-fielding shortstop.  Lux has speed as witnessed by his 27 stolen bases last season but he only hit .244 last season for the Great Lakes Loons.  This season will be a big one for Lux if he wants to be looked at as a potential shortstop of the future which is why he is my player to watch at Single-A.

Double-A Tulsa Drillers – DJ Peters

The Dodgers have never had any trouble developing outfield talent, and there is another potential great one on the way in DJ Peters.  Peters made MLB headlines last season when he homered off Madison Bumgarner twice in one inning during MadBum’s rehab stint.  For the season, DJ hit 27 home runs with a .514 slugging percentage.  Strikeouts are an issue for Peters as he whiffed 189 times last season so he will look to cut down on his strikeout numbers.  If Peters has another stellar season at Double-A, he could push for a role with the Dodgers as early as next spring.

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Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers – Edwin Rios

The OKC Dodgers are loaded with guys who will be called up to the LA Dodgers at some point this season.  A few of those players are Andrew Toles, Alex Verdugo, and Adam Liberatore among others.  One guy who is trying to fight his way onto the Dodgers radar is Edwin Rios.  This spring Rios hit .379 with three bombs for the big league Dodgers.  This is after Rios hit a combined 24 home runs in the minors last season between the Drillers and the OKC Dodgers.  Rios has been seeing more outfield time and could fight his way into the Dodgers outfield mix later this season if injuries occur.