The Los Angeles Dodgers have been able to have such a long run of success because of the team's ability to spend big on marquee players while also consistently having one of the best farm systems in baseball. That's no different in 2023, as the Dodgers have several top prospects ready to make an impact.
That doesn't even include catcher Diego Cartaya, who is the organization's top prospect and could become the top prospect in the entire sport by the time he makes his eventual MLB debut. That likely won't come until 2024 for the 21-year-old.
Cartaya is a household name for Dodgers fans, but some others will achieve such status in the not-too-distant future. Like Gavin Stone in 2022, there are some strong candidates to be quick risers in the Dodgers' farm system, thus making them more well known.
3 Dodgers prospects that will become household names in 2023:
3. Nick Nastrini
The Dodgers selected Nick Nastrini in the fourth round of the 2021 MLB Draft and instantly threw him into pro ball with the low-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. The former UCLA Bruin thrived in a short stint with Rancho, proving why the Dodgers drafted him with his electric fastball that misses barrels.
Nastrini has one of those fastballs that you write home about; the type with an extreme spin rate and elevated velocity that gets by hitters. In 2022, Nastrini continued to develop his repertoire, and he now perhaps has the nastiest pitch mix in the entire Dodgers organization.
Where Nastrini needs work is with his command. He walked 4.24 batters per nine innings last season and had a tendency to miss spots, allowing 1.31 home runs per nine innings. However, he also struck out 169 batters in 116.2 innings (13.0 K/9) while holding opposing hitters to a .180 average.
As the Dodgers continue to work with Nastrini, his stuff will naturally make him a fast riser in the farm system. Nastrini will be 23 before the start of the 2023 season and he could be a strong candidate to be on the 2024 Opening Day staff, whether it be in the rotation or bullpen.