4 Dodgers Named on MLB’s Top 100 Prospect List

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On Tuesday, Major League Baseball released its new list for baseball’s Top 100 prospects. The Dodgers, who have always had a great farm system with tremendous depth, had a total of four prospects on the list. Two of those prospects have already seen action in the majors—infielder Gavin Lux and pitcher Brusdar Graterol.

The highest-ranking Dodger prospect was Lux who came in at second overall behind the Rays’ Wander Franco. Lux hasn’t appeared in the majors this season after reporting late to Summer Camp and being optioned to the Dodgers alternate training site.

Lux being optioned before the beginning of the regular season was a surprise, as many pundits saw him starting at second base for Los Angeles. It is probably more than likely he’ll make an appearance at some point this season. Lux was drafted 20th overall in the 2016 MLB Draft. Getting called up late last season, he hit .240 with three home runs and nine RBI. He still is only 22 years old, so the Dodgers have absolutely no need to rush him.

The second-highest ranked Dodger prospect on the list was pitcher Josiah Gray, coming in ranked 74th overall. While Gray hasn’t appeared in the majors yet, he did make a couple of starts in Summer Camp, pitching in intrasquad games and an exhibition game against the Angels.

Gray, who is 22 years old, pitched up to Double-A last season where he went 3-2 with a 2.75 ERA. In Double-A, he threw 39.1 innings and did not give up a single homer, while walking 11 batters and striking out 41. He was originally drafted in the second round by the Reds in 2018, but was later traded on his 21st birthday to the Dodgers. The trade brought Gray to the Dodgers along with Homer Bailey, who was released the same day and Jeter Downs, who was traded this offseason in the Betts trade. The deal is famous for the Dodgers unloading Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Kyle Farmer, and Alex Wood.

In his first full pro season, Gray won the award for Minor League Pitcher of the Year for Los Angeles. His fastball is around 93-97 mph, while also featuring a slider, a curveball and occasionally a changeup. He could see the majors as early as next season, but still stands a small chance at making a big league impact this year.

Coming not too far behind Gray was Keibert Ruiz, who was ranked 80th overall. Ruiz is 22 years old and is a switch-hitting catcher, signed out of Venezuela by the Dodgers in 2014. He has shown more power and better numbers from the left side of the plate. He saw time at Triple-A last year and had an average of .316 with two homers, although it was a small sample size of 38 at-bats.

At Double-A where he had 276 at-bats, he hit only .254 with four homers. Ruiz made some minimal appearances at Summer Camp after he reporting late. He does have great arm strength, but he only threw out 23 percent of base stealers his first three seasons on the farm. With the struggles of Austin Barnes continuing, it will be interesting to see if Ruiz gets called up in the near future. Will Smith came up through the minors around the same time as Ruiz and has cemented his spot as the starting catcher in the Dodgers lineup, so it looks like the Dodgers will have some interesting choices at catcher in the future.

Graterol, the other prospect who’s seen major league action, came in ranked 93rd overall. He’s appeared in six games this season, pitching five innings with an ERA of 5.40 and striking out five batters. Graterol was supposed to be traded to the Boston Red Sox in the original Mookie Betts trade this offseason. However, after the original trade was restructured he was traded to the Dodgers in a separate deal. He averages 99 mph in his fastball but can hit triple digits quite easily, as his fastest pitch has been registered at 102 MPH.

Graterol did start a lot of games in the minor leagues, but has been used as more of a reliever in the majors. Perhaps due to previously having Tommy John surgery, teams questioned his durability, which was part of the reason he ended up with the Dodgers after the Red Sox showed concerns. Graterol, however, does have some lighting stuff, which could make him a future closer for the Dodgers. He still is only 21 years old.

The Dodgers have a great farm system beyond these prospects, as their ability to draft and develop is among the best in baseball. It will be interesting following the careers of these four and see how they cement their respective legacies.

 

15 thoughts on “4 Dodgers Named on MLB’s Top 100 Prospect List

  1. Old friend Jeter Downs, whom we gave up in the Betts deal, comes in at 48. I was a bit surprised to see him rated so much higher than Gray at 74.

    Another name I found of interest is Angel outfield prospect Brandon Marsh at 84. Until someone tells me otherwise, I’m going to continue to think he was another piece in the Joc/Strip deal that ultimately fell apart when Moreno pulled the plug.

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  2. I think this is Kenley’s last year as closer and possibly of the Dodgers so a new closer needs to emerge. That role seems to fit Graterol more than anyone unless Caleb Ferguson can keep up his good start to the year. When he’s on Ferguson’s stuff is up there with Josh Hader’s. Not many lefty relievers out there with better stuff.

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    1. It will be interesting to see who replaces Kenley he’s been on the decline the past couple seasons Dodgers do have multiple options.

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  3. Alex Verdugo had himself quite a night with 2 opposite field HR plus robbing another by leaping over the RF wall. Looks like Boston didn’t do so bad in the trade. They have a productive young OF under team control scream more seasons for very cheap who should be one of the cornerstones of their rebuild. Even with all his success I can still honestly say I don’t miss him in Dodger blue. No doubt he’s a fantastic player but he rubbed me entirely the wrong way and I imagine his thug-life attitude and way of dress rubbed his dodger teammates the wrong way too. He wears more chains around his neck than Flavor Flav and corn rows is not a hair style I would recommend to a pale red haired kid. Boston can have that one I’ll take Mookie.

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    1. Give me a choice of Mookie or Alex and I’ll take Mookie every time, but I wasn’t put off by his time here like you were Alex. I couldn’t care less about the corn rows, etc. I think he had some personality issues early on but seemed to be maturing last year.
      Long story short, I’d rather have both of them………………………..but we don’t always get what we want.

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      1. Its going to be interesting what our OF looks like in 3 years. We know Mookie will be in RF but with age how long do we expect Bellinger to remain in CF? He’s golf glove quality there now but once he loses a step I think we envision him as the future 1B. I think he still has 2-3 more quality years in CF though. Pollock only gas a couple years left and won’t be brought back due to age so in 3 years you will need a new CF and LF. Our farm system is deep but not on OF so it will be interesting how they fill it. Money will be tight by that time with Bellinger, Buehler and Seager due new contracts.

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      2. Belli is the fastest guy on the team so he might have 4-5 years left in center. Remember, he’s still very young. Five years from today he’ll have just turned 30. Of course if he doesn’t start hitting, he may be in OKC next year.
        I really hope this back thing with Corey is just a tweak, but I’m starting to get concerned about his injury history. Two years from now, when he becomes a free agent, Lindor, Javy Baez, Correa and Story will also be on the market, so maybe instead of saying Bellinger, Buehler and Seager we should be saying Bellinger, Buehler and STBNL (Shortstop to be named later).
        Maybe Seager ultimately needs to move to first, not third, to keep injuries to a minimum. That could leave us with Rios at third, Muncy at second and Lux could be moved to left to replace Joc/Pollock.

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  4. Alex, Jansen is signed through 2021. Which means, he will be back as the closer next year. They are not going to be paying him 20 million buckaroos to be a set up man. Seager had lower back discomfort and he is not playing tonight. Defensively they will not be hurt with either Kike or Taylor in that position. I think it will be Taylor back in there since he is the hotter hitter, You might see both Beaty and Rios on the infield with Muncy sliding over to first with a RH, Cueto pitching tonight. No roster replacement, so they are a position player down. Graterol has great stuff, but not the experience to close yet. Maybe in a couple of years when Jansen is gone, but not now. I think Ferguson could be the long man. You guys can rave about Rios all you want, and granted, 7 homers in 63 career MLB at bats is impressive. What is not impressive is his K rate. He has struck out 26 times in those 63 at bats. He struck out twice last night, both on fastballs right down Broadway. Lux is not going to move to the outfield. He has to prove he belongs as an infielder first, and that he has not done, He looked really bad in the 3 exhibition games, and as per Doc, he is not ready. And why is every one forgetting they still have Cody Thomas and DJ Peters down at the alternate site. Thomas was impressive in spring and could easily replace Joc. Trade deadline is 3 weeks away. AF make any trades?

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    1. Oh goody, I can have another disagreement with you Bear (all in good fun, of course).
      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Neither Cody Thomas nor DJ Peters will ever have a career as a starter with the Dodgers. Thomas has only had one good year in the minors and that was two years ago at Rancho (a well-known hitter’s league). Last year at Tulsa he was pretty mediocre except for a decent amount of homers. The fact that he had a good spring for a few games at least half of which was against minor league pitching doesn’t entitle him to a starting job in L.A. in my opinion. DJ strikes out way too much as does Rios, but Edwin’s other numbers are superior in the minors. DJ and Cody both have great attitudes and work hard to improve themselves so I hope I have to eat some of that crow you’re always mentioning. I’d be happy to do that, but I would say the odds are greater that Lux becomes the Dodger left fielder than either Thomas or Peters (and I’d be the first to admit that Lux moving permanently to left is a longshot.).
      Trade deadline is still 3 weeks away so it’s hard to say what AF might do, but you and I both know that Andrew is the greatest GM of all time (even including all other pro sports) and he’ll do whatever needs to be done. By the way, did you get that honorary Shlemming membership we sent you? 🙂

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      1. Well Jeff, you made your first mistake right there. Andrew is not the GM. The Dodgers right now do not have a GM. Andrew’s correct title is President of baseball operations. I love having disagreements with you because you lose so many of them! And just because he did something right, trading for and then extending Mookie, his list of mis steps is also long. He still has never been able to get the big prize. I am grateful for the honorary membership offer, but no way a bear can stoop that low.

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      2. Two things Bear:
        1) Fair is fair. You are correct that AF is not the GM.
        2) Even though he’s not the GM, he’s still the best GM.
        I realize we’ve all been starved for baseball this year, but I think it’s funny that we (and I include myself) are drawing these great conclusions after the team has played 14 games. Granted, that’s about 25% of the season this year, but it’s still only 14 games.

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  5. AF has hit a home run this year with Treinen. McGee and Betts. Only bear would not be impressed with that! And if our minor leaguers don’t work out in left field that’s the easiest position to fill with a signing. Rios is here to stay and he will only get better with more playing time!

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    1. Speaking of eating crow, as I was a little while ago, if McGee continues to pitch like he has so far, I’ll be feasting on it. I like mine deep fried please. I’m astonished at how well he’s pitched and really hope it lasts. Maybe he just totally psyched himself out in Denver. Whatever, the case, he’s looked great……………………………….so far.

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    2. Tell me oh brilliant one, why should I be impressed with him doing his job and getting better players? He gets paid a lot more money than you or I to make those decisions. Rios may be here to stay, and he MIGHT get better that is true. But he still strikes out too much. Their biggest problem so far has not been the bullpen, it has been their mediocrity with runners in scoring position. All of your postings and kudo’s are based on what you think might happen, not stats. Yes, he can sign someone to be the left fielder, or he can keep Pollock in the rotation out there since he still has 2 more years after this one on his contract, he can let the kids try out for the job next spring. He has other more pressing problems, does he sign Bellinger to a long term deal? How much is Buehler worth when he is eligible? Do they keep Seager or go after a SS with less of a medical history>? When, and only when one of AF’s teams comes home with the big prize will I consider what he has done here successful. Until that time, he merely builds very good teams, not champions.

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