Entering the 2023 MLB season, Miguel Vargas was the Dodgers' No. 3 prospect (MLB No. 37), Ryan Pepiot was the Dodgers' No. 6 prospect (MLB No. 71) and James Outman was ranked No. 9 in the Dodgers' farm, according to MLB Pipeline. All three were projected to make the Dodgers' Major League roster by the end of Spring Training, and they were slated to make major contributions in 2023. While Vargas and Outman have now played enough games to graduate from prospect status, Pepiot has yet to appear in a game this season due to a left oblique strain.
But Vargas, Outman and Pepiot are just three jewels of the Dodgers' vaunted farm system. Entering the season, they were three of the Dodgers' top nine prospects, as well as projected big-league contributors, indicating the Dodgers shifting towards a bit of a youth movement. That movement is not lacking in talent, either. The Dodgers have been the No. 2 farm system in both MLB Pipeline's 2022 midseason and 2023 preseason rankings, and that talent has finally started to get their chances at the majors this season, especially after various Dodgers injuries this season.
Five of the Dodgers' top six prospects have MLB ETAs of 2023, so outside of Vargas and Outman, where are the Dodgers' top prospects playing, and how are they performing?