Dodgers: BA’s Top Dodgers’ Prospects List Arrives for 2019
The Dodgers farm system remains a top ten farm even after all the promotions in recent years. Baseball America released their 2019 list of the Dodgers’ top ten prospects.
The Dodgers farm system has produced many of their core player on their 2019 club. Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Walker Buehler, and Joc Pederson are just some of the key players that the Dodgers have developed into big league players. Even after the recent promotions of Buehler and Bellinger, the Dodger farm system remains strong.
Baseball America recently released their top ten Dodger prospects list and for those without a subscription, this is the list:
1. Keibert Ruiz
2. Alex Verdugo
3. Gavin Lux
4. Dustin May
5. Will Smith
6. Caleb Ferguson
7. Dennis Santana
8. Tony Gonsolin
9. Mitchell White
10. DJ Peters
The list isn’t too surprising but it has seen some Dodger prospects fell off the list like Yadier Alvarez and Jeren Kendall. Alvarez continues to have trouble putting it all together and had more attitude issues in 2018. Kendall remains an interesting power-speed prospect but he continues to strike out at massive rates. Yusniel Diaz is another prospect off the list as he was traded in the Manny Machado deal.
Keibert Ruiz now ranks as the Dodgers’ top prospect with Alex Verdugo slipping to the number two spot. Verdugo should finally get his chance at significant playing time with the Dodgers in 2019 after the club traded away Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp. Even if the Dodgers choose to package Verdugo in a trade for someone like Kluber, Verdugo should still get significant playing time with another team.
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Gavin Lux and Dustin May have made their way inside the Dodgers’ top five prospects and the Marlins were asking for them in J.T. Realmuto talks. Lux figures to be the next long-term second baseman for the Dodgers and Dustin May continues to rise up the rankings and could be the next big pitching prospect for the Dodgers. Dennis Santana and Caleb Ferguson are two who have already made their big league debuts with the Dodgers which came last year.
Tony Gonsolin made his way into the top ten after being named the Dodgers’ minor league pitcher of the year for the 2018 season. Gonsolin made 17 starts for the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes before going 6-0 in nine starts with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. Between both levels he went 10-2 with a 2.60 ERA.
Rounding out the list are Mitchell White and DJ Peters. White fell in the rankings as he battled injury issues in 2018 and pitched to a career worst 4.53 ERA. White was much better in the second half of the minor league season and will look to bounce back in 2019. DJ Peters bashed 29 homers in 2018 but hit just .236. He will need to cut down on his strikeouts to be an every day big leaguer.