The Los Angeles Dodgers have put together 10 consecutive playoff seasons because of the team’s ability to spend big on high-profile players while also being able to develop homegrown talent into stars. The likes of Corey Seager, Julio Urías, Walker Buehler, Cody Bellinger and Will Smith all started out with the organization and have blossomed into All-Stars.
That trend is set to continue in the immediate future as the Dodgers have some really exciting prospects waiting in the wings for big-league roles. Not all of these prospects will pan out, but when you have as many as the Dodgers do, there’s bound to be some success stories.
All in all, the Dodgers have seven prospects in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 and some of them are going to make an immediate impact in 2023.
Some have already received their cup of coffee at the MLB level. That’ll only help fortify their case for next season.
Dodgers prospects that should be on the 2023 Opening Day roster
5. Miguel Vargas
We’ll start with the most obvious inclusion on this list. Vargas was already on the big-league roster in 2022. It would be extremely unlikely if he took a step backward and started the 2023 season in the minors, especially with the current status of the Dodgers.
The Dodgers declined Justin Turner’s club option for the 2023 season and, while that doesn’t rule out a return, it only makes it more obvious that the team has faith in Vargas to play a bigger role if called upon.
Vargas absolutely tore the cover off of the ball in the minors last season but didn’t quite see the same success at the big-league level. He hit just .170 in 50 MLB plate appearances with two walks and 13 strikeouts.
Vargas isn’t exactly the most threatening power bat, but he should be good for 20+ homers and 30+ doubles should he reach his potential at the next level. His speed and overall flair should help his case as well.