3 Dodgers starting pitchers who will begin 2024 season in Triple-A, 2 who won't

Which Dodgers prospects need a little more seasoning?

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Nick Frasso

Frasso is the Dodgers' No. 3 prospect and the highest-ranked pitcher in their farm system. He was moved to the Dodgers' 40-man in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, during which he undoubtedly would've been scooped up by another team had he been left exposed. Frasso has done well in the Dodgers' pipeline since he was brought over the Blue Jays' system in August 2022 as part of a trade that sent Mitch White and Alex De Jesus to Toronto. He stumbled only a bit in 2023 across Double-A and Triple-A, pitching 93 innings for a 3.59 ERA.

Frasso is only currently on the Dodgers' 40-man because of the Rule 5 draft, and he'll almost certainly be sent down again to get more time to develop in the minors.

Landon Knack

Knack is in the same boat as Frasso, another top prospect placed on the 40-man to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. They were joined by catcher Hunter Feduccia, who is also likely to be sent down again at the start of the season. Knack is the Dodgers' No. 9 prospect, and he actually performed better than Frasso did in Double- and Triple-A last year. He pitched 100 1/3 innings over 22 starts for a 2.57 ERA. His walk rate, as seems to be an issue with a lot of pitchers in the Dodgers' system, wasn't ideal to say the least; it went from 1.88 BB/9 in Double-A to 3.77 in Triple-A.

The Dodgers will probably send Knack and Frasso down as soon as they're able, as they definitely won't be making the Opening Day roster. However, bringing them up to the majors with the Rule 5 draft looming did get some more eyes on them, and it'll be interesting to track their development over the next year in the minor leagues, because we very well might see them next year.