Dodgers: Three prospects worth a look in the majors right now
The Dodgers added five prospects to the 40-man roster prior to the season to protect from the Rule 5 draft. The list was made up by organizational top prospect Keibert Ruiz, Josh Sborz, Matt Beaty, Yadier Alvarez and the pick for this potential major league call-up Edwin Rios.
Rios is a Puerto Rico native known for his plus plus power and his rather overwhelming size.
At 6’3 and 220 pounds, Rios is a big-bodied third baseman, first baseman and outfielder.
However, as MLB Pipeline succinctly points out, Rios’s biggest issue is the players in front of him, not necessarily his play.
Both Max Muncy and Justin Turner stand in Rios’s way on the Dodgers 25-man roster as Rios’s speed doesn’t exactly lend itself to being a quality left-fielder at the major league level.
However, as was pointed out on the first slide of this article, the Dodgers are notorious for their quick trigger when it comes to putting players on the injured list. For the most part, the organization has shown a “better safe than sorry” approach ever since the IL rules were changed and it has kept them at or near the top of the league in players placed on injured reserved per season.
For that, Rios has to be on speed dial. He is already on the 40-man roster and his bat is more than ready for an MLB gig.
Since being drafted in the sixth round back in 2015, Rios has hit 66 homers and has a career batting average of .301, an indicator that his strong strikeout tendencies have no severe barring on his ability to get on base.
Also worth note on Rios his ability to be a big part in a trade come the deadline.
With defense not exactly making his list of strong suits, the power-hitting corner infielder profiles fairly prototypically as a designated hitter and one that American League teams would clammer over.