Dodgers: Top Prospects Prep For the AFL by Winning Titles

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - AUGUST 18: General view of The Epicenter during the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes game against the Lake Elsinore Storm on August 18, 1994 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. (Photo by J.D. Cuban/Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - AUGUST 18: General view of The Epicenter during the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes game against the Lake Elsinore Storm on August 18, 1994 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. (Photo by J.D. Cuban/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 15: Keibert Ruiz #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the World Team walks through the dugout as he leaves the game injured in the seventh inning against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

Keibert Ruiz 

The kid just turned 20 years old in late July, he’s ranked (by mlb.com) as the Dodgers’ #2 prospect, and he spent all of 2018 in DoubleA Tulsa as a “hit-first” catcher who rakes from both sides of the dish.

Impressive as that may be, at just 19 years old, he more than held his own this season and (better still) he played “hero” in Game 1 of Tulsa’s Championship Series vs. the San Diego Padres’ affiliate, San Antonio Missions. 

The scored was tied at 2-2 until the bottom of the 10th. Ruiz came to bat with two runners on, Gavin Lux and Drew Jackson.

After falling 0-2, Ruiz, hitting righty, stroked a single between third base and shortstop.  Lux scored from 2nd to win Game 1 in the bottom of the tenth inning.

The newly-minted 20-year-old had just hit a walk-off single in Game 1 of the Texas League Championship. Nice to meet ya kid!

In the article, I also highlighted two “under the radar” prospects; Jerad Walker and Cody Thomas.

I chose the two because I saw something in both of them that it seemed other publications may have overlooked. Neither are currently ranked, even as Dodgers’ “Top 30 Prospects.” 

However, upon reviewing their numbers, taking into consideration their AFL invite, and simply watching them play, I knew it wouldn’t take long for the rest of baseball media to recognize their already prevalent talent and their future potential, which showed this week.

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