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Dodgers Prospect Watch: Keeping an Eye on Andy Pages

Prior to Gavin Lux’s season-ending ACL injury last week, the outfield was one of the most talked about departments as far as big-league roster spots go for the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, with Chris Taylor seemingly scheduled to see significantly more playing time in the infield, it could perhaps open the door for several dark horses to see action in the outfield at the beginning of the season.

As most of you know, there are a few outfield journeymen in camp this year trying to reestablish their respective careers, including Jason Heyward, Steven Duggar and Bradley Zimmer. In addition, blue-chip prospects like James Outman and Andy Pages are also in contention for roster spots, making this spring one of the most exciting player auditions in recent years.

As it stands, the only guaranteed outfield spot is Mookie Betts in right field, and even that isn’t set in stone considering there might be a chance the 30-year-old superstar sees time at second base this season.

Scouting Report

Pages is especially intriguing because he could be the most gifted overall athlete in the entire group. He can handle all three outfield spots with one of the top arms in the entire organization, and he can hit for power as well as any prospect in the top tier of the Los Angeles farm.

Currently, Pages is rated as the fifth-best prospect in the Dodgers’ system by MLB Pipeline, trailing Diego Cartaya, Bobby Miller, Miguel Vargas and Michael Busch.

This year, the 22-year-old righty-hitting Pages is on the major league side of spring training, plus he’s on the organizational 40-man roster, perhaps making his path to the majors easier than other prospects. Besides hitting from opposite sides of the plate, both Pages and Outman are similar to what they bring to the table on offense in defense, although Pages is probably more of a gifted athlete with a slightly stronger arm.

One of the biggest concerns for Pages has always been his strikeout rate, but his high number of walks — 77 in 2021 and 62 last year — suggests that his plate discipline is improving. In addition, Pages has been among the farm’s top long ball hitters over the past two seasons with 31 for High-A Great Lakes in 2021 and 26 last year for Double-A Tulsa in the pitcher friendly confines of the Texas League.

2023 Outlook

With a career .256/.374/.523 slash line over four full minor league seasons, many pundits feel that the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder from Cuba has a way to go on offense before he tastes his first cup of coffee. However, his 24-for-81 performance with five homers and nine walks in last year’s Arizona Fall League might suggest he’s on the right track.

So far during 2023 Cactus League play, Pages has gone 3-for-9 with three RBI and a run scored.

As far as roster predictions go, it might seem that Heyward and Outman have the inside track to spots on the Opening Day roster, with perhaps another outfield spot being entirely up for grabs. It might be safe to assume that Pages starts the year at Triple-A Oklahoma City with a very solid chance of being called up at some point in the season.

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