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

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No. 5: Ryan Pepiot (MLB)

As discussed earlier, Pepiot has yet to make an appearance this season due to a left oblique strain. Originally, Pepiot was placed on the 15-day injured list, but he was transferred to the 60-day injured list on April 21. His original injury timeline placed his expected return somewhere in June, but his timetable has been pushed back once again, with Dave Roberts now saying he may be held out until after the All-Star break. Pepiot was pitching through his injury in spring training, which led to some inconsistencies, but he has already made multiple major league appearances for the Dodgers, and he will be ready to return to the majors whenever he is healthy.

In 2022, Pepiot had a great year at multiple levels. He had a 2.56 ERA in 91.1 innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City, leading to his numerous call-ups to the major league roster in 2022. In those opportunities in the majors, Pepiot was able to continue his success. He had some issues with walks that plagued him in his rough outings in the majors, but Pepiot ended a solid debut season with a 3.47 ERA in 36.1 innings of combined work out of the bullpen and as a starter. Pepiot will graduate from prospect status soon after he comes back from the IL if he makes appearances in the majors, and he could be a very important part of the Dodgers' rotation down the stretch, especially if Noah Syndergaard continues to struggle and the Dodgers do not make a move to get another starter at the trade deadline.