Excitement is peaking for the 2023 Los Angeles Dodgers after an offseason filled with patchwork moves and question marks.
But that's the power of Opening Day, right? Everything that was confusing in January and February is now overshadowed by the reality of James Outman and Miguel Vargas breaking camp with the team. Now, it's on their shoulders to show Shohei Ohtani what's so appealing about Hollywood.
But what happens to the top prospects who didn't make the big club? MLB Pipeline provided fans with a helpful overview of where their entire Top 100 list will land to begin the year (including Vargas at No. 37 on the MLB roster, along with luminaries at that level like Jordan Walker and Anthony Volpe).
The Triple-A season begins on Friday, while the rest of the minor-league action commences next Thursday. While many Dodgers prospects will start their seasons at Triple-A Oklahoma City, one unfortunately won't be active to begin the year.
Minor League Opening Day Schedule: Where will Dodgers top prospects start season?
Diego Cartaya, the Dodgers' highest-ranked prospect on the list, will start his season next week at Double-A Tulsa. Still just 21 years old, he'll try to build on his .892 OPS and 22 home runs last season across two levels of Single-A ball.
Unfortunately, top pitching prospect Bobby Miller will start the year on the shelf with "mild shoulder soreness." When it happens during Spring Training, expect additional caution to allow for more ramp-up time. Miller told AM 570 LA Sports Radio two weeks ago that he felt "amazing," but opened camp with the issue and didn't appear in a single Cactus League game prior to his demotion.
As for the rest of the Top 100 Dodgers beyond Cartaya? They'll all get into the action this week. Vargas and Ryan Pepiot (and the unranked Outman) have made the MLB roster (though Pepiot will start on the IL), while Michael Busch (sorry, dude), Gavin Stone, and potential riser Andy Pages will all be at Triple-A Oklahoma City waiting on Miller's return.
All the Dodgers do is graduate talent and create more talent waiting in line behind the current of-age glut. This season should be yet another year of positive development as Andrew Friedman and Co. await next winter's free agency frenzy. So what are we waiting for?! Play ball!
Well, except for Miller. You stay put for now. Don't get restless.