Even though the regular-season schedules of the Dodgers‘ minor league affiliates will be ending in the next several weeks, seven players will continue to compete in the 2019 Arizona Fall League, a showcase which features some of the best young starts in baseball.
Four pitchers and three position players from the Dodgers’ organization will compete for the Glendale Desert Dogs, a team made up of prospects from the Dodgers, Reds, Brewers, White Sox and Cardinals.
Those seven players will be RHP Mitchell White, RHP Gerardo Carrillo, RHP Marshall Kasowski, RHP Brett de Geus, IF Omar Estevez, IF Devin Mann and OF Jeren Kendall.
According to MLB Pipeline, four of the aforementioned prospects are ranked in the organization’s Top 30—White (9th), Estevez (15th), Mann (17th) and Kazowski (27th).
White, who has been fighting injuries for much of the season, has a 4-6 record in 22 appearances—19 of which were starts—across two levels of the farm this year. Over four minor league seasons, the 24-year-old has tallied a 14-15 record with a 4.01 ERA and 307 strikeouts in 291-2/3 innings of work. He was originally selected by the Dodgers in the second round of the 2016 draft out of Santa Clara.
Carrillo has made 21 starts for High-A Rancho this season, posting a 4-9 record with a 5.71 ERA and 80 punchouts over an even 82 innings. The 20-year-old was originally signed as an international free agent out of Mexico in July of 2016.
As a reliever for Double-A Tulsa, Kasowski has a 4-3 record with a 2.27 ERA alongside 51 strikeouts in 31-2/3 innings over 29 appearances this year. Opponents have hit just .159 against him. He was chosen in the 13th round of the 2017 draft out of West Texas A&M.
TBPC put together a concise profile of Kasowski in June of last year.
The 21-year-old de Geus, another reliever, has tallied a 6-2 record with an impressive 1.81 ERA and 67 Ks over 59-2/3 innings between Low-A Great Lakes and High-A Rancho. Since his promotion to the Quakes in late June, he has gone 4-for-5 in save opportunities. The native of Pleasanton, CA was selected in the 33rd round of the 2017 draft out of Cabrillo Community College.
Fresh off Texas League Player of the Week honors for the week ending August 11, the 21-year-old Estevez is slashing .294/.353/.437 with six homers, 22 doubles and 35 RBI for Double-A Tulsa this year. Seemingly around forever, the right-handed hitting Estevez was signed as an international free agent as a 17 year old out of Cuba back in November of 2015. On the diamond, he mixes his time between both shortstop and second base.
Moving between third base and second base, Mann, 22, is hitting .280/.359/.506 with 19 long balls and 62 RBI for High-A Rancho this year. The right-handed hitter was chosen in the fifth round of the 2018 draft out of Louisville.
Also for Rancho this season, the 23-year-old, left-handed hitting Kendall is slashing .223/.327/.485 with 19 homers, 61 RBI and 23 stolen bases. He was originally selected in the first round of the 2017 draft out of Vanderbilt.
TBPC discussed a few ideas about Kendall back in February.
One name missing from the AFL docket is the Dodgers’ top-ranked prospect, infielder Gavin Lux. It has been reported that the 21-year-old Wisconsin native will spend some time in the big league dugout this fall, but it is still yet to be determined whether that time will be as a player or a spectator.
22 thoughts on “7 Players Will Represent Dodgers in 2019 Arizona Fall League”
Kendall has not been that good and dropped out of the top 30 prospects this spring. He is 2 years into his tenure in the Dodger system and has not really made all that much progress.
He’s definitely upped his game over the past month or so. My son happened to see him at a Quakes game about 2 weeks ago and texted me that he just looked different in the batter’s box. I’ve really been down on Kendall but would be very happy to be proven wrong.
He’s got the tools. His swing and miss rate is surprising to me. 141 strikeouts at Single A? He has hit .325 in his last 10, bringing his average all the way up to .223. He’s still striking out.
Interesting names mention here. Some I’m not familiar with. White of course we know, and the name Kasowski with those stats has to be favorite and somebody to watch. Why only ranked 27th? Because he’s 24? Bring him up.
We spent some time talking about Kasowski last year. Nicknamed him The Big K. It was Kasowski and Zach Pop (traded to the O’s in the Machado deal) that we were keeping our eyes on, as far as potential help for the bullpen eventually.
I still can’t figure out why they haven given Kasowski the chance to throw in the hitter-friendly PCL yet, especially when considering how often they were pulling relievers from OKC into the bigs. From what I can tell, his numbers certainly warrant a promotion. Maybe after the major league roster expands.
OKC’s season ends in a week, so I doubt he gets the call. They are not making the playoffs. But he will pitch in AZ.
Ryu suddenly not looking like an ace. Hot tub time maybe.
Just been a bunch of ugly games. Alex, what are we paying the “man” now?
Maybe tonight is a preview of what happens when Joe “Cajun” Kelly moves into the closer role.
He is allowed a stinker there Dennis, and the homer he gave up did not really mean all that much. They did not capitalize on their chances. Once again they left too many men on base. Ryu was a combination of unlucky and just plain bad. All of those hits in that inning came with 2 outs. Most of them were hit about as hard as a dribbler down third, but they all found holes. Dodger offense stunk after the first inning.
You saw the game Bear, I didn’t, but the box reads like a thumping. 7 for 32, 2 for 9 WRISP is of course not good, but pitching gave up 16 hits and 11 earned – in only 8 innings. Ryu has lost 3 in row, giving up 18 earned in 14.2 innings. During this span he’s given up 25 hits, including 5 home runs and he’s thrown 284 pitches. That’s some serious suckage. Doc says he’s confident Ryu can regain his dominant form because of course he’s going to say that. But… 3 in a row? At this stage in the season? Give him some time off. 284 pitches for 14.2 innings of 11.25. As Krukow is prone to asseverate – take a seat meat.
I saw the game also and Ryu definitely wasn’t as bad as the box score, but he hasn’t been himself for the last three games and I agree he should sit for awhile. Whether he’s actually fighting some sort of injury or is just feeling the effects of having pitched more innings than he has since 2013 and already at about double the innings he pitched last year, he needs some rest. It’s not as though resting him now would prevent us from winning the division. Borrowing and slightly reworking a phrase from one of our regular posters, “Rest the man!”
That particular poster was suffering a slight case of premature projectulation. It happens to a lot of guys.
So…. the AFL. According to the stats 60% of those who participate in that league see time in the Show. Also, in 20 years there have been 182 graduates who went on to be All Stars. Which 4 of ours, statistically speaking, will play on a Major League roster? Any of them potential All Stars?
I want to see Lux, Gray and Peters. Not sure who else might actually help. Another pitcher?
Your last sentence – are you referring to guys you’d like to see here in September? I’m assuming that Lux will be activated because Muncy will be out for something between a few days and the rest of the year. I don’t think there is any way that Gray or Peters will come. Maybe Santana? He seems to be taking to his new role as a reliever. They may bring guys like Schultz and Sborz to use as fillers, although they might also be subject to being cut when space is needed on the 40 man (Schultz more than Sborz).
Yep, those are players I want to see, not players I expect to see. I have no expectations, allowing me to be insulated from disappointments. It’s ancient koan tradition that I practice now and zen.
“Now and zen”. Is there no limit to your cleverness?
I do have one bone to pick with you. I’m now forced to read each of your comments at least three times to make sure nothing has slipped passed me.
There’s not a whole lot you’re missing buddy. I’m just not that complicated. My composition professor at Chico was unambiguous with what he wanted …. clear, concise, prose. It’s a goal. That said… thanks for the acknowledgment. I find it motivational.
I probably should have read up on Peters before I called for his promotion. He was tearing it up in July. OPS’d over 1.100. He done cooled off in August. I don’t know he has a place here, but his prodigious power makes him a trade asset. I want to see Gray because I think he can get Major League hitters out now.
I agree with both of those assessments.
Hard to know exactly what the team is thinking. We already have a surplus of hitters once everybody gets back. Rios, Garlick, Beaty, Gyorko Negron are all excess to our roster. I’d like to see pitching but have no real idea who is pennant drive ready. And the drive is going to be a short one.
Neither Peters nor Gray are on the 40 man. Peters seems to be a larger version of Joc Peterson. He has struck out 160 times between AA and AAA. Logical recalls are Rios, Garlick, Barnes, Freese and Stripling are being activated on Sunday. Verdugo is still having problems with his oblique. Hill probably late next week. Muncy will be out until next week also according to reports. Chargois, Floro and possibly Schultz to bolster the pen. Roberts said yesterday that they are going to keep running Jansen out there, so the Kelly express has left the building. Jefe, do not encourage him……LOL
I always try to be supportive Bear.
Nice work Scoop!
You can do this Kenley!
Just a brief setback Joe K.!
The 40 man is just a roster move. That’s easy. The reason we won’t see the guys I want to see has little to do with that, it has to do with who can help us win. I think Lux can, I think Gray can. But I don’t expect either because of all the guys I mentioned ahead of them on the depth chart. Roberts wants home field. He’s going to put the more proven players out there unless it’s a blowout.