Dodgers Top Prospects: Should they stay or should they go

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PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JUNE 26: Tony Gonsolin #46 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a first inning pitch against of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 26, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. It is Gonsolin's MLB debut. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JUNE 26: Tony Gonsolin #46 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a first inning pitch against of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 26, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. It is Gonsolin's MLB debut. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 15: Keibert Ruiz #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the World Team bats 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 is the youngest player in Triple-A right now and the switch-hitting Venezuelan catcher arguably has the most potential in the Dodgers’ system. The 21-year-old catcher has an impressive bat the lends itself to a high average with natural power.

Ruiz hasn’t had the most impressive line over the last two season but with his youth and raw talent, he doesn’t raise any red flags for struggling and certainly does not require lowered expectations.

But, the Dodgers have an opportunity to market the very younger prospect and headline him in a return for a superstar, an option afforded to the team by Will Smith.

Smith has been unbelievable this year and despite his ranking on the prospect list is lower than Ruiz, he’s already in the big leagues and he’s already crushing the pitching there. Smith has been an unbelievable success since his first-round selection back in 2016.

With Smith in the bigs and no need to split playing time between two very talented catchers, the Dodgers can absolutely afford to trade Ruiz who has already been mentioned in talks with the Pirates for Felipe Vazquez which leads most people to believe he could be involved elsewhere.

Ruiz is a great player but the Dodgers, he’s best served on the market.

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