The Los Angeles Dodgers have consistently fielded one of the best farm systems in baseball. That's once again the case for the team heading into 2023 as there are several top prospects that could make a big impact next season.
While the Dodgers get knocked for being a large-market team, the fact of the matter is that most of the team's best players from recent years were either hidden gems found by the organization or homegrown guys who came up through the farm system.
When names like Corey Seager, Walker Buehler, Julio Urias, Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson and so many others have been among the latter, it is impossible to not get excited for the next batch. The 2023 season represents a benchmark year that welcomes in the next wave of prospects that are highly touted.
However, some prospects are still getting overlooked. After all the evidence that's been presented to evaluators. For years!
Baseball America recently released its top 100 prospects for the 2023 season with six Dodgers (tied for third-most in MLB) making the cut. While it's great to see many Dodgers prospects getting well-deserved love, it's hard to ignore notable exclusions.
Dodgers prospect Andy Pages gets snubbed by Baseball America
Andy Pages did not crack Baseball America's top 100 prospects list and has to be on the short list of prospects that will move into the top 100 once others graduate. After all, how can you ignore this kind of power?
Pages, who was initially traded in the Joc Pederson-Angels deal that Arte Moreno nixed, has showcased some of the best power in all of minor league baseball over the last two years. In 154 games combined between AA and the Arizona Fall League in 2021, Pages slugged 31 home runs with 94 RBI and 31 doubles.
Pages has a career .897 OPS in 367 minor league games and is averaging a home run every 18.6 plate appearances. With average-at-worst speed and a rocket of an arm too, Pages is destined to be a productive corner outfielder at the big-league level if he can maintain his power.
Dodgers fans could even see Pages as early as the 2023 season. James Outman is the outfield prospect that should get noticeable playing time early on, but Pages may not be far behind him if Trayce Thompson struggles. And with all due respect to Thompson, there's a decent chance that happens.
As long as Pages continues putting up numbers like he has thus far in the minors, it will be impossible to overlook him as one of the best prospects in the entire sport prior to his MLB debut.
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