If you’re a frequent reader of this site, you’ll know that we’re pretty big on player prospects, as we typically feature one or more of the budding stars on a weekly basis. However, because of the cancellation of the 2020 minor league season, a lot of emphasis has seemingly been taken off of player development. Nevertheless, to keep the juices flowing, we’ve still been showcasing some of the best prospects who are still active as part of the Dodgers‘ 60-man player pool.
Despite the absence of competitive minor league baseball in 2020, fans of the Dodgers have still been able to get a taste of some of the organization’s best prospect talent, thanks mainly to intrasquad games during summer camp, along with a few early call-ups to the majors.
Just days after the Dodgers added one of their brightest infield prospects to their 60-man player pool in Michael Busch, the team also welcomed to camp third baseman Kody Hoese, who is currently ranked as the seventh-best prospect in the entire Los Angeles system.
The Dodgers continued to add players to their 60-man player pool on Friday, increasing the current count to 58 players.
While the concept of a 60-man player pool affords select prospects to participate in some form of baseball activity this year, it still doesn’t replace the level of competition a player would see on the high levels of the farm.
While we’re still not exactly sure how—or if—the 2020 MLB season will play out, because of all the rule changes and roster ramifications, there still could be a handful of new, young players who emerge as key contributors to their respective clubs at some point this year.
When we put together a story about MLB Pipeline‘s new prospect rankings for 2020 a few weeks back, we noted how the list for the Dodgers contained quite a few new faces, specifically a new crop of youngsters that seemingly created yet another exciting wave of farmhands.
Not long after MLB Pipeline released its annual player rankings for each team last week, the overall league rankings were issued a few days later with the Dodgers netting the third place spot.
Staying in tune with the landscape of the Dodgers‘ farm system is sometimes one of the most intriguing parts of following the organization. For every big trade the club makes, it often seems like the strength of the minor league affiliates remains untarnished.