Predicting arrival timelines for the top 5 Dodgers prospects

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 23: Miguel Vargas #71 of the Los Angeles Dodgers follows through on a swing against the Cleveland Guardians during a spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 23, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 23: Miguel Vargas #71 of the Los Angeles Dodgers follows through on a swing against the Cleveland Guardians during a spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 23, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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Michael Busch: 2023 Opening Day roster

If MLB still had the old rules with September call-ups, then Michael Busch would absolutely make his MLB debut with the team this season. However, with rosters only expanding two spots and another player on this list being a guarantee, Busch will likely have to wait until 2023 to get his chance.

Granted, there is always the possibility of the Dodgers getting beaten up with so many injuries that they are forced to go to Busch. The fact that the team has called up Jake Lamb over Busch should be all we need to know in that department, though.

If Busch was right-handed, his path to the big-league roster would be a lot easier, as the team is lacking in right-handed bats, especially if Trea Turner does not re-sign with the Dodgers this offseason. Busch would have been such a logical replacement for Hanser Alberto.

That being said, Busch has shown a lot of progress this season against left-handed pitching, which makes him easier to call up on the Opening Day roster in 2023. While he struggled in previous years, Busch has actually been a reverse splits guy this season. He has a .288 average and .977 OPS against southpaws and a .257 average and .884 OPS against righties.

Busch was tearing it up at the Double-A level and was quickly promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. In 42 games there, Busch has hit 10 home runs, driven in 31 RBI and has a .240/.298/.474 triple-slash. Still some work that needs to be done there.

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