Dodgers Prospect Watch: Andy Pages on the Rise

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Continuing along with our winter profiling of some of the best talent on the Los Angeles Dodgers farm, we stay in the outfield, landing at the 14th best prospect in the system, 20-year-old Andy Pages.

Just in case you missed our last profile, just before Christmas we looked at 18-year-old Luis Rodriguez, who could theoretically be on a similar timeline to Pages as far as a prospective MLB debut goes.

In the Rodriguez discussion, we pointed out the trio of prospects on the big-league fringe—Zach Reks, Cody Thomas and DJ Peters, all of whom are now past the age of 25. Conceivably, Reks could be the most rounded of the three, but all of them still managed to tally triple-digit strikeout figures in their respective 2019 minor league seasons, the biggest factor that might be holding all of them back from the bigs.

Additionally, 27-year-old Luke Raley, who was acquired from the Twins in the Kenta Maeda deal along with Brusdar Graterol, should be included in the fringe conversation. The lefty-hitting Raley hit .302/.362/.516 for Triple-A Rochester in 2019.

Regardless, both Rodriguez and Pages are in a class of their own with regards to raw tools and skills.

Last February, it appeared as if Pages was being shipped out when he was included in a trade package with Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling to Anaheim for infielder Luis Rengifo and other prospects. Obviously, the deal fell through, which ended up being a good thing for the Dodgers, due to the outfield talent being so slim on the middle levels of the minors.

The 6-foot-1, righty-hitting Pages agreed to terms with the Dodgers as an international free agent out of Cuba back in October of 2018 for a $300,000 signing bonus, just several months after the organization landed top Venezuelan catching prospect Diego Cartaya.

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,” although other scouts feel that Pages’ arm strength might be his best asset.

Upon signing with the Dodgers, Pages arrived stateside in 2018 with enough time to appear in 10 games for the Arizona League Dodgers after hitting .236/.393/.486 with nine homers and nine stolen bases in 42 games in the Dominican Summer League.

Playing exclusively for the Ogden Raptors in short-season Rookie League in 2019, Pages 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 produce well 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.”

While it has already been reported that the 2021 Single-A and Double-A minor league seasons will be delayed to some degree, everyone’s fingers are crossed that they still proceed close to normal. That said, there’s probably a good chance that Pages begins the year at Rancho Cucamonga, the Dodgers’ new Low-A affiliate, while possibly ending the season at Great Lakes, the franchise’s new High-A affiliate.

Pages turned 20 in December.

19 thoughts on “Dodgers Prospect Watch: Andy Pages on the Rise

  1. I don’t think I’ll ever understand the details of that Angel trade where it looked like we just threw in Pages for no apparent reason and the only name we ever heard coming back was Rengifo. I’ve always maintained that the deal must have included one of the Angels top outfield prospects such as Brandon Marsh or Jodyn Adams for us to give them Joc plus Stripling plus Pages for Rengifo. I guess we’ll probably never know.

    Although we have no really good outfield prospects in the upper minors, the thought of Pages, Rodriguez and Vogel 3-4 years into the future sounds much more interesting.

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    1. I know we talked about Vogel a bit upon his inclusion to the 60-man player pool, but maybe I’ll do a profile on him later this week. No minors experience yet, but I’m sure I can find something.

      In other news, my buddy Steven “Paco” Rodriguez will begin his coaching career this spring in AZ with an under-10 kids team.

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      1. Your buddy Paco as in you actually know him or are/were just a fan of his?
        He actually had a decent season in the minors in 2019. Is he completely retired now? Not even 30 yet. I was a big fan when he was with us.

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      2. Yes, I’m going to count that. You may continue to refer to him as your buddy.
        Is he totally retired? If so, why? Arm problems?

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      3. If you get ahold of him, tell him AF is still looking for bullpen help.
        “The Return of Paco” with the theme from the Magnificent Seven playing in the background sounds perfect.

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    1. Now I get why Boxout referred to your twin brother Jerry Mathers. There is a definite resemblance.
      Did you ever star in a tv show called Leave it to Bear?

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  2. And Jeff, I’m with you, I’ll always wonder what was in the rest of that trade with the Angels. I don’t know why but it just kinda nags on me.
    Damn Arnie, and his ego, he should have let that go thru they could have used stripp, and joc. That team needed help. It was better for the dodgers that it didn’t go thru, but I still think Arnie was an idiot for squashing it.

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    1. Jerry Mathers? REALLY? The kid was a total dork. Wait, so was I back then. But I did not have a big brother to help me fix my mess up’s. From what i can see in that photo, that kid has a pretty high leg kick. I am glad Arnie squashed the deal. You take Pederson out of the World Series and playoffs, and the Dodger offense looks a lot different. I do not worry about deals that do not happen, which is why I am taking a report that a Kris Bryant trade is possible this week, and it will be to either the Dodgers or the Braves with a grain of salt.

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      1. We were all “dorks” back them, by today’s standards.

        However, i don’t think there was EVER a luckier generation than those of us who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. Heck, the family car was probably a 1955, 56 or 57 Chevy. What could be cooler than that? And if that isn’t enough, the Dodgers were winning Championships on a regular basis and the L.A. T-Bird Roller Derby team never lost (At least I think so). Dodge ball, tether ball, kick ball, riding in the back of pickup trucks, drinking out of garden hoses, jumping off swings at the highest point, riding bikes barefooted and without helmets, baseball/football in the street were all totally acceptable. Oh sure, we all got spanked/swats at the drop of a hat when we screwed up, at least me, including by Mr. Mathers (the Beaver’s real Dad) who was the Vice Principal at Granada Hills High School. But we all knew we deserved it, we’d even brag to other kids about the punishments dished out by our parents/teachers, getting our mouths washed out with soap (Lava was the worst), spankings with belts, sticks, razor straps, handball paddles, etc. But we weren’t permanently scarred, in fact, it made us better people.

        No we weren’t dorks, we were Baby Boomers, the luckiest kids in the world all gifted to us by the Greatest Generation our parents.

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      2. Well put Boxout. I agree that we were definitely the luckiest generation and I try never to forget that. Seems like my kids grew up in a world that wasn’t as nice as the one we grew up in and I shudder to think of the world my grandkids are growing up in today.

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      3. No 57 Chevy. Mom did not even have a car. My dad was long gone. So I traveled on my bike she got me at Western Auto. Yeah, it was a different era. By 1958 I was living in a home for kids in Highland park, Best thing about that was we went to Dodger games for free. About 1 a month at the coliseum. Then in 1960 Larry and Norm Sherry moved into houses on our block. They used to get a bunch of us to shag balls for them at Arroyo Seco Park. Met Tommy Davis while I was there. While I was at the home, corporal punishment was not allowed, no hitting or spanking. If you messed up, you just lost privileges like going to the movies, which we did every week. Or going to the beach in the summer. Not until I was 14 and living in a foster home did I have to worry about the belt. And my foster father, who was only 15 years older than me, and a huge guy, loved using that belt. Even for the slightest infraction. If it had been in these times, I would have had his butt thrown in jail for abuse.

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