Dodgers Prospects Produce Mixed Results in 2019 Arizona Fall League

(ISAAC HALE/Daily Herald)

With Saturday’s championship game between the Salt River Rafters and Surprise Saguaros marking the end to the Arizona Fall League’s 28th season, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at how the Dodgers prospects fared during the campaign.

One of the highlights to the season was the Fall Stars Game on October 13, which was an All-Star extravaganza featuring not only the best players of the AFL, but some of the highest ranked prospects in baseball.

Righty pitcher Brett de Geus and infielder Omar Estevez participated on behalf of the Dodgers. Estevez grounded out to third in the seventh in his lone AB of the game, having entered to play second base. de Geus recorded the final out of the seventh inning for the West squad, inducing a groundout to end the frame.

Ultimately, the East defeated the West side in the contest, 4-2.

In total, the Dodgers were represented by eight players who suited up for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the AFL West division. Glendale finished second in the West with a 14-15 record. Here is a quick recap of how each of those players performed throughout the 29-game mini-season:


de Geus was far and away the brightest spot of the entire group. The 21-year-old righty appeared in eight games and did not surrender an earned run. Over 9-1/3 innings pitched, he allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out an impressive 11 batters. During the 2019 regular season, the 6-foot-2 de Geus split his time between Low-A Great Lakes and High-A Rancho Cucamonga.


Another 21-year-old righty, Mexican native Gerardo Carrillo, had his share of ups and downs. Although his last three (scoreless) appearances were quite effective, the middle outings were less impressive. Overall, he made seven appearances and threw 24-1/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on 16 hits and 13 walks while striking out 25. The 5-foot-10, 154-pounder spent the entirety of last season at High-A Rancho.

One of this site’s favorite relievers, 24-year-old right-hander Marshall Kasowski, showed his usual flashes of brilliance, but he sometimes let his poor command get the best of him. Kaz made nine total appearances, throwing an even nine innings while allowing three earned runs on seven hits and a whopping 10 walks. Nevertheless, he struck out 13 opposing batters. Kasowski spent last season at Double-A Tulsa.

21-year-old second baseman Michael Busch appeared in five games for the Desert Dogs, going 3-for-13 with one home run. Perhaps what stood out the most was that the former North Carolina Tarheel walked nine times against just four punchouts, allowing him to score six runs. In 2019, Busch split his time between the AZL Dodgers and Low-A Great Lakes.

Estevez ended up playing in 20 games for Glendale, primarily appearing at second base. The 21-year-old Cuban native went 19-for-77 with two doubles, nine walks, nine runs scored and 10 RBI, producing a .247/.330/.273 slash line. He spent all of last season at Double-A Tulsa.


Once rated as a Top 5 organizational prospect, 24-year-old right-hander Mitchell White has been unable to put together any sustained strings of success. The 2019 AFL was no exception. The Santa Clara product made six relief appearances and threw a total of 4-2/3 innings, allowing seven earned runs on seven hits and four walks. His efforts reflected a 13.50 ERA. During the regular season, White split his time between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City.

While former first-rounder Jeren Kendall has certainly stepped up his game in the power department as of late, the 23-year-old outfielder has still yet to reach base with any kind of consistency. In the 2019 AFL, he played in 18 games, going just 13-for-62 with a double and two long balls. His numberss produced a .210/.279/.323 slash line. During the regular season, Kendall appeared in 96 games for High-A Rancho, slashing .219/.319/.469 with 19 long balls.

Another member of the Glendale second base crew, 22-year-old Devin Mann made 15 appearances for the Desert Dogs, slashing just .191/.339/.340 (9-for-47) with four doubles and a home run. He also collected 11 bases on balls. Mann spent his 2019 regular season at High-A Rancho.


17 thoughts on “Dodgers Prospects Produce Mixed Results in 2019 Arizona Fall League

  1. Busch was only there for a very short time. But you are right, that BB to K ratio is impressive. But I think Kendall was way over rated by the Dodgers. He seems to me as one of those college players that mashes the competition at that level and then flames out in the pros. I pull the plug on the guy and send him somewhere else in a package deal. LA is loaded with outfield talent.


  2. Bloom makes the same jump as Friedman, from a low budget team to one of the big spenders. Not sure if they have the same kinds of views, but things are going to get interesting in Boston. Callaway looks like he is going to be the next Halo pitching coach. Gotta love this time of year, the rumors are starting already. Not sure who was giving it away, but Cody lost out as NL player of the year to Rendon, who is not doing all that great in the series……


  3. I was hoping belly would win MVP, but he was kind of average over the last month or so. I still think he should be the winner but can understand if the writers vote for rendon.

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    1. Keith, the MVP award is not awarded until after the world series is over. The award Rendon got was given by some other body, not the BBWA. ROY, MVP< all will be announced in November, Cy Young too. Look for the DH to be universal sometime in the next 3 years. Most likely after the new CBA is agreed on. Next year they go to a 26 man regular season roster, and the pitcher coming in to relieve is going to have to face 3 hitters.

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  4. Are any of those guys top prospects? Top picks maybe, Busch and White. But I’d trade both in the right deal. I don’t know de Gues. He was ok in A ball for 31 innings.


  5. We definitely have enough trading chips if AF chooses to go in that direction. Guys in the low minors, upper minors, and on the major roster. Andy also has money to spend, so it should be an interesting off season.


    1. The Stros are the better team, but as we know the better team does not always win. That being said, they pitched a rookie and he did a great job. Corbin got lit up again. Scherzer goes for the Nats tomorrow, so there is a good chance they go to Texas leading 3-2. But anything can happen. The Dodgers have players a lot of organizations would love to have. Talk about closing the barn door after the cows have gone, AF said he wish they could have traded someone other than Alvarez to the Stros when they got Fields……duh!


  6. That trade is an example of why MLB needs to make the DH league wide. I’m not a DH fan, but I’m tired of the advantage the AL gains with it, anytime an NL team has a prospect that has a hit only tool, they eventually have to trade them to the AL. Looking back I’m sure AF wishes he’d received more than fields in that trade.


    1. Good point Keith. I’d never thought of it in those terms before. I prefer no DH in terms of how the game is played but it does give the AL teams an advantage when they have a spot for an Alvarez-type hitter and NL teams don’t know where to play him.


      1. If you’re talking about fires Dennis, yes, so far so good, thanks.
        If you’re talking about rabid Doc-hating, ownership dissing Dodger fans, I’m surrounded. Help, send in reinforcements! 🙂


  7. Glad to hear things are calming down out there Jeff. We woke up to marine layer down here in the South Bay, that should mean cooler temps, and a shift in the winds for you guys, hopefully this will let the firefighters start to get a handle on things.

    As far as the DH thing Jeff, I’ve always loved the NL, no DH, style of baseball, but I think it’s time has passed. Good pitching is at such a premium these days, if any pitcher gets hurt batting, or pulls a muscle trying to leg out a single it is a cost NL teams can’t afford. Factor in that prospects have become the currency of the realm, and it gives the AL to much of an advantage especially when it comes to the hit tool only types like I mentioned in my last post.


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