Through nearly the first month of the 2022 MLB season, the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves having one of the top records in the majors. To no surprise, that was expected with a team that has so many high caliber players.
As we get deeper into the season, there’s no question we’ll see many roster moves. It’s part of the game, as injuries occur and other external factors happen throughout a season.
Even though the Dodgers have one of the best MLB-level rosters, they also have one of the deeper farm systems in the Majors. Their ability to draft and develop players to an elite MLB level is what has kept their postseason success through the last decade alive.
We will take a look at three couple prospects who we could see make their Major League debut sometime in 2022.
Michael Busch – 2B/1B
The 24 year old has put up great numbers to begin the 2022 season. So far in Double-A, the former first round pick has belted seven home runs with an average of .321 as he continues to put up incredible numbers. After being drafted in 2019, Busch missed an extended amount of time due to injuries to his right hand.
Busch is the third-highest ranked prospect in the Dodger organization, and the 66th best overall prospect in MLB’s top 100. Busch, as of Sunday, had hit five home runs in five games, just last at the Dodgers Double-A affiliate Tulsa Drillers he slashed a .391 average along with five homers and nine RBIs.
For his efforts Busch was named to MLB’s Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week along with teammate Jacob Amaya. If Busch continues to play like this, he won’t be at Double-A for long. It is a very long season at the MLB level, so in some capacity we can see Bush make his debut sometime in 2022. However, it won’t be easy as the Dodgers have one of the more elite rosters at the MLB level.
Bobby Miller – RHP
Miller is probably one of the younger prospects in the Dodger organization but has risen through the ranks rather quickly. Dodger fans had every reason to be excited about his future with his Spring Training start. Miller started the Dodgers last exhibition game against the Angels, pitching three scoreless innings and striking out two batters including reigning AL MVP Shohei Ohtani.
The right handed Miller had an average of 99.4 mph when throwing his fastball. He was drafted by the Dodgers in the 2020 MLB Draft in the first round. Miller is the second highest ranked prospect in the Dodger organization and the highest ranked pitching prospect.
The 23 year old could have probably made the Opening Day roster on many other ball clubs, but the Dodgers are so deep it is tough to crack a spot. However, there is a good chance we see Miller on a big league mound sometime in 2022, with injuries and it being a long 162 game season. He is currently in Double-A with the Tulsa Drillers, his numbers have not reflected his Spring start with a 7.02 ERA in three starts, but it is still relatively early.
Ryan Pepiot – RHP
Surprisingly enough, Pepiot is the only player at Triple-A Oklahoma City on this list. Pepiot is the sixth-highest ranked prospect in the Dodgers organization. The 24 year old was drafted in the 3rd round by the Dodgers in the 2019 MLB Draft.
His changeup is regarded as perhaps one of the best in all of the Minor Leagues, earning some high praise. Pepiot could be brought up as a starter or a long reliever role similar to what we’ve seen with pitchers such as Mitch White and Andre Jackson. Pepiot, after struggling in Triple-A in 2021, has completely changed it around in early 2022.
He posted an overall ERA of 4.62 in 2021, a 2.87 ERA in Double-A but a 7.13 ERA at Triple-A. In 2022, in four starts he posted a 1.15 ERA, he pitched 15 ⅔ innings allowing an opponents batting average of .145. Once again, this is a tale that many other ball clubs could easily be playing at the Major League Level but the Dodger depth is insane. However, Pepiot could be first in line if the Dodgers need to call an extra arm up.
These are just three prospects that we could see in 2022; however, the Dodgers have a flurry of prospects that could see Major League time soon players such as Amaya, Ryan Noda, and Landon Knack just to name a few. I also didn’t even mention the Dodgers highest ranked prospect Diego Cartaya, even though the switch-hitting catcher is still at least one to two years away and the Dodgers also have Will Smith solidified in the catcher position.
Back to the Major Leagues, the Dodgers will continue their road series against the Arizona Diamondbacks after Walker Buehler pitched a complete game shutout on Monday. The Dodgers will hand the start to Tony Gonsolin on Tuesday, who’s enjoyed success in 2022. So far, he has posted 0.69 ERA in 13 innings pitched.
Gonsolin will oppose Arizona right hander Zach Davies, who’s posted a 5.02 ERA.
First pitch for Tuesday’s matchup is scheduled at 6:40 p.m. Pacific.