1. Gavin Stone
Gavin Stone has risen incredibly fast in the Dodgers farm system as he has continued to mow down hitters at an insane rate. A back-end top-30 prospect at the start of 2021, Stone has quickly worked his way up from Low-A Rancho Cucamonga to Triple-A Oklahoma City by the end of 2022. That rapid rise has made him the 77th overall prospect on MLB Pipeline.
Stone’s numbers across his two MiLB seasons are certainly worth the extra attention. Across 212.2 innings, he has a 2.45 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and has struck out 306 batters. He’s an incredibly fast worker that pounds the strike zone with a great fastball.
Those numbers are with an inflated 2021 season as well. The former Central Arkansas right-hander obviously figured something out in 2022 as he posted a combined 1.48 ERA across three different levels.
It might be surprising to see Stone on this list before Bobby Miller, who is the second-best prospect in the Dodgers system. Stone is older than Miller (24 vs 23) and fits more comfortably into a long relief role, if that’s how the Dodgers want to use him initially.
While Miller has a higher ceiling, he still needs a bit more refining with better results in Triple-A. Expect Miller to start the season in OKC before eventually making his MLB debut at some point during the 2023 season.
Stone, meanwhile, is a strong candidate to make the Opening Day roster with how he has pitched thus far in his professional career.