Without a minor league season, several Dodgers players are impacted.
Minor League Baseball officially announced on Tuesday what everyone around the sport knew was coming: the 2020 season is officially canceled. While this news carries wide-ranging impacts, if we focus on the baseball side of things, there are a few Los Angeles Dodgers players of note who will see their development path impacted by the lost season
Of course, there are more important things to consider than player development in thinking about the ramifications of a canceled MiLB season. People are losing their livelihoods and means to provide for their families.
The Dodgers have committed to paying minor leaguers in their system through the end of August, but that is only $400 per week. Even with the generous gift by David Price to donate $1,000 to each player through the month of June, unfortunately, it can’t replace the wages lost from a canceled season.
Having said that, for the purposes of this article, we will focus on the baseball side of things in considering which players in the Dodgers system are most impacted without a minor league season.
With lights dark in minor league ballparks throughout the country, the Dodgers will have to rely on workouts and call-ups to give their top prospects reps. Teams are allowed to carry up to 60 players who are eligible to play this season. Los Angeles put 51 players on their roster list submitted to the league last Sunday.
In their initial player pool, there are several of the team’s top prospects, including 18-year-old catcher Diego Cartaya and pitching prospect Josiah Gray. Per Baseball America’s rankings, the Dodgers included their six best prospects on the 60-man roster.
But it’s a few of the players not invited to summer camp who draw concerns, along with one player expected to make the team.