We are now T-minus three weeks from pitchers and catchers reporting to Dodgers Spring Training (we hope). February 17th is the date that’s penciled in for the day that baseball fans look forward to almost immediately after the last out of the World Series is recorded.
We still don’t know if there will be a DH in the National League, who will be that killer righty bat or the Dodgers, or who will be the starting third baseman. But we’ve got time, right? Season doesn’t start for another two months.
But, what we do know is Dodgers fans don’t need to sweat the small stuff. And it’s all small stuff now that they’ve won their World Title. Ah, what a luxury this offseason has been.
Listening to the recent Baseball America podcast, hosts Kyle Glaser and J.J. Cooper feel like the Dodgers are not done with their pursuit of another title. They reminded listeners that while people like to say the Dodgers ‘bought’ their title, that was indeed not the case. Sure, they paid for Mookie’s incredible services, but most of the team was homegrown or were low-key pick ups that just happened to pay high-end dividends like Chris Taylor and Justin Turner.
Regardless of whether Turner returns, the Dodgers still are set up incredibly nicely to stage a run at the World Series in 2021 and beyond.
Past graduates of the Dodgers’ farm system have come up strong for them, in Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler, and Corey Seager, he of the NLCS and World Series MVP in 2020. The Baseball America podcast turns its eyes onto the future of the Dodgers franchise.
Keibert Ruiz is named as the Dodgers’ number one prospect, but they state that anyone of the top six prospects right now could end up being the one that made the biggest impact in the end.
Diego Cartaya, according to Dodger officials, might have the most pure upside of all of the Dodger prospects. While he’s only been able to play up to rookie level so far this early in his career, Dodger scouts are very high on the up and coming catcher.
Right handed pitcher Bobby Miller has been called “an animal” and “a monster,” and that’s just in instructional league. The guys state that next year at this time, there’s a very good chance he could be the Dodgers’ number one prospect.
They go on to state that Josiah Gray, Michael Busch, and Kody Hoese all have high ceilings and that there’s no doubt that the Los Angeles Dodgers have the best player development system in all of baseball.
While fans may worry about starting pitching depth at the moment, and not making many moves now, the farm system is set up to add players via that system, or via trade to help the Dodgers in whatever area they may be lacking when it comes to playoff time.
And, as the Dodgers front office has shown, they will be prudent with whomever they decide to part with, and the return will no doubt be better than whomever is dealt away.