Spring training is just a month away. The Dodgers have given fans plenty of reasons to be excited about it with their slew of offseason additions to the big league club, but games at Camelback will also gives us a glimpse at rising stars within the minors who are on their way to making an impact at the major league level. The roster is more than stacked, but LA is also in a good position with their depth down in the minors; three of their top five prospects (per MLB Pipeline) could be MLB-ready if they can impress in spring training.
However, there are also those further down the list who are approaching the major league level or might already be there as well, lurking in the shadows. There are a few who could make that jump this year, or at the very least make themselves more known to the organization as potential change makers on various fronts. Here are three unexpected prospects who could show up in a big way at spring training.
3 surprising prospects who could make an impact at Dodgers spring training
Andy Pages, OF
MLB Pipeline ranked Pages as the Dodgers' No. 6 prospect in 2023 after he mashed his way from Rookie Ball through Double-A from 2018 to 2022. They estimated his big league arrival in 2023, but the Dodgers were mostly set in the outfield last year and Pages began the season at Double-A. Unfortunately, he only ended up getting three at-bats in Triple-A to end his campaign before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury, thrusting him further under the radar.
This year, however, with David Peralta gone in free agency and Mookie Betts moving to second, there are more opportunities for Pages to come in and maybe get a few starts around expected starters Jason Heyward, James Outman, and Teoscar Hernández.
Pages' power and arm grades are outrageous: 60 and 70, respectively. His power hitting numbers through the minors have been a testament to that; he one-dotted at the rookie level and slugged .539 in High-A. Those numbers have dipped a little at the higher levels, but never below .450, and he has 89 home runs and 97 doubles across his minor-league career. With Heyward only on a one-year contract, the Dodgers could eye Pages, their highest-ranked outfield prospect, when looking toward the future. If he gives a good showing in spring training and can continue to hit the ball well in Triple-A, he could get some starts in the outfield throughout the season and fight for a more full time position after 2024.