Three of the organization’s highest-ranking prospects will be making their Dodger Stadium debuts much sooner than anticipated.
Although Diego Cartaya, Bobby Miller and Miguel Vargas won’t be competing at the major league level, they’ll be representing the Dodgers in the MLB Futures Game on July 16 as part of this year’s All-Star extravaganza.
The seven-inning contest features some of the game’s most promising prospects split into squads representing the National and American Leagues.
Cartaya began his endeavors at catcher in the Dodgers system back in 2019 by competing in the Dominican Summer League, but he arrived on United States soil just in time to provide a decent sample size in the 2019 Arizona Rookie League. There, he slashed .296/.353/.437 with three homers and 10 doubles over just 36 games.
In his age 19 season last year, Cartaya hit .298/.409/.614 with 10 homers and 31 RBI over 137 plate appearances in 31 games for Low-A Rancho after having been shut down for the season in late July due to a moderate hamstring injury.
So far this year, the Venezuela native is slashing an impressive .283/.421/.566 with nine homers and 31 RBI with 23 walks in 56 combined games for Rancho and High-A Great Lakes.
Cartaya is currently ranked as the organization’s top prospect by MLB Pipeline.
Currently sitting at the No. 2 prospect ranking is the 23-year-old righty Miller. Although he isn’t anywhere near the major league roster, Miller captured the hearts of many when he was clocked at triple digits multiple times in the 2022 Cactus League Freeway Series — on his birthday, no less.
After a slow start to the year, Miller is finally coming around at Double-A Tulsa. He has been able to shrink an ERA that was once above 6.00 close to 4.00. His last outing on July 3 was perhaps his best this season, as he threw six scoreless innings against Arkansas with 10 strikeouts.
At No. 5 in the team’s prospect rankings is Vargas. The righty-hitting corner infielder is in his fifth full year in the Dodgers’ system after signing as an international free agent in 2017. Vargas made it as high as Double-A ball last year and registered quite an impressive season, slashing .319/.380/.526 with 27 doubles, 23 homers and 76 RBI across two levels.
Vargas has climbed to the Triple-A level this season, hitting an impressive .292/.379/.498 with 13 homers and 59 RBI for Oklahoma City.