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.
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.