Dodgers Top Prospects Update: Where are the top six, and how have they performed?

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No. 3: Michael Busch (Triple-A Oklahoma City)

Busch was drafted with the Dodgers' first-round pick a year before Miller (he was the 31st overall pick in 2019), but both entered the year with the same MLB ETA of 2023. Both have delivered on that ETA, spending short stints with the MLB club so far.

In 2019, Busch had a rough start to his minor-league career, but just like Cartaya, immediately after the 2020 break from minor league action, he began to tear up the minors. In 107 games in 2021 at Double-A Tulsa, Busch posted an .870 OPS with 48 extra-base hits (27 doubles, 20 home runs and one triple) and 72 RBI. In 31 games at Double-A in 2022, Busch posted a 1.112 OPS with 11 home runs and six doubles, outright forcing the Dodgers to promote him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. In 111 games at the Triple-A level, Busch adjusted well, posting an .823 OPS with 53 extra-base hits (32 doubles, 21 home runs) and 79 RBI.

In 2023, Busch's OPS currently sits at .815 with a .408 OBP and .408 SLG. His slugging numbers are down from prior seasons, but his OBP proves that he has sacrificed some power to get on base more frequently. Busch was given his first crack at facing major-league pitching when Max Muncy was put on the paternity list, and his MLB stay was extended by J.D. Martinez's stint on the IL. Busch delivered his first career RBI with a single as part of a five-run comeback against the Pirates on April 25. He had a two-hit game against the Phillies and came through in the clutch with a go-ahead, two-out RBI single against the Padres in the 10th inning of a Dodgers comeback victory in San Diego.

Overall, Busch went 4-for-19 with two RBI, four walks and five runs scored in his first major-league stint before he was sent back down to Triple-A. Busch is arguably the Dodgers' No. 1 option for a call-up in case of any more injuries this season.