1. Dodgers prospects: Gavin Stone improved his stock during spring training
No Dodgers prospect, especially on the pitching side of things, improved his stock more than Gavin Stone. A fifth-round draft pick in 2020, Stone is knocking on the door of the big leagues, and it won't be long before it's opened. If he keeps pitching like he did during training, Stone will blow it off the hinges.
According to MLB Pipeline, Stone is the top-rated pitching prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. The outlet raves about his changeup, calling it a plus-plus pitch.
Per FanGraphs, Stone posted a 1.48 ERA in 2022 and a 33.9 percent strikeout rate, while limiting opposing batters to just a .202 average. And no, that's not at Low-A. Stone was doing this while splitting time between Double-A Tusla and Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Stone's dominance carried over to the Cactus League this spring. In four starts, Stone struck out 14 batters and walked just two while allowing only four hits. In 6.2 innings of work, Stone didn't allow single run to score.
Walker Buehler is out for the season (most likely), and with both Ryan Pepiot and Tony Gonsolin on the IL to start the season, Michael Grove has been thrust into the role of No. 5 starter. Depending on the health of the LA starting rotation, the strong spring from Gavin Stone may result in his big league debut sooner rather than later.