When we put together a story about MLB Pipeline‘s new prospect rankings for 2020 a few weeks back, we noted how the list for the Dodgers contained quite a few new faces, specifically a new crop of youngsters that seemingly created yet another exciting wave of farmhands.
On that list was 19-year-old outfielder Andy Pages, making his Top 30 team debut as the organization’s 14th best prospect.
Coincidentally, the list appeared about a month after it appeared Pages would no longer be a part of the Los Angeles organization. Just when the Mookie Betts blockbuster deal was coming to a head in early February, there was a supposed deal to quickly follow that would see Pages, outfielder Joc Pederson and swing man Ross Stripling traded to the Angels for a package centered around infielder Luis Rengifo.
While some did not understand the logic of the deal with Anaheim, others felt it was a salary dump to keep the Dodgers under the 2020 Luxury Tax after adding the salary of Betts and about half of David Price‘s remaining contract.
Regardless, the deal eventually fell through, and Pages remains in the Los Angeles system for the near future. It’s a good thing, though, because the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder may have some of the best raw tools in the organization.
The righty hitting Pages agreed to terms with the Dodgers as an international free agent in October of 2018 for a $300,000 signing bonus.
According to Baseball America, Pages was one of the top hitters in his age group in Cuba. In the country’s 15U league in 2015, he hit .364/.484/.581 with 25 walks and just three strikeouts over 161 plate appearances, ranking third in the league in slugging percentage. He played the 2016 season as a 16-year-old in the much more mature 18U league, hitting .248/.384/.376 in 129 plate appearances, with his three home runs tied for second in the league.
Ben Badler opined that “Pages’ bat is his best tool. He has an efficient swing and good hand-eye coordination, leading to a high contact rate in games with average power.”
Upon signing with the Dodgers, Pages arrived stateside with enough time to appear in 10 games with the Arizona League Dodgers after hitting .236/.393/.486 with nine homers and nine stolen bases in 42 games in the 2018 Dominican Summer League.
Playing exclusively for the Ogden Raptors in short-season Rookie league last year, the Cuba native slashed an impressive .298/.398/.651 with 22 doubles and 19 long balls over 63 games.
As stated by MLB Pipeline, “Pages has an advanced understanding of his right-handed swing and how to create bat speed and use his leverage to generate well-above-average raw power. Though he had a 28 percent strikeout rate in 2019, Los Angeles is confident he’ll make enough contact to damage because he has a sound right-handed swing and is an intelligent hitter. He needs to clean up his plate discipline and perhaps tone down his leg kick.”
Additionally, “Pages offers one of the best combinations of strength and speed in the system, though he’ll probably settle in as more of average runner once he’s physically mature. His instincts help him cover ground in center field and may allow him to stay there in the long term. He easily profiles in right field with his power and an arm that earns plus-plus grades from some evaluators.”
As it stands, there’s no telling how the 2020 minor league season will play out, if there turns out to be a season at all. However, once the Los Angeles farm kicks back into gear at some point down the road, Pages will be certain to continue his rapid climb through the system.