It’s not that often when a blockbuster trade backfires on Los Angeles boss Andrew Friedman and his front office troops. When the Dodgers packaged up and sent Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer to the Reds last winter, there was plenty of scrutiny, especially from those who felt the team would be lacking in the power department heading into its 2019 campaign.
The first time we took a look at Dodgers‘ outfield prospect Niko Hulsizer last winter, he had just completed his first year in the organization at Ogden in the Pioneer League, where he hit a respectable .281/.426/.531 with nine home runs, 13 doubles and 32 RBI over 160 AB. However, when considering his high school and college pedigree, we knew that he would continue to emerge through the 2019 season, especially in the area of the power department.
With the 2019 MLB draft now less than two weeks away, one can’t help but look back to last year’s event and recall the trio of pitchers the Dodgers selected over the first several rounds.
As there has been quite a bit of movement in recent days on the Dodgers‘ big league roster, there has been an equal amount of movement along the upper levels of the farm, allowing several prospects to emerge into the Triple-A spotlight.
The big league Dodgers aren’t the only squad in the organization that has been experiencing recent success.
As strong and as deep as the Dodgers‘ farm system is considered, there are a few spots that may be little light on talent. The middle infield sticks out the most, but the system also lacks a solid third baseman who has both a capable bat and an impressive glove. Sure, there are guys like Edwin Rios and Matt Beaty, but the absence of outstanding defensive ability may be the biggest factor in keeping players like these from thriving at the big league level.
As the first month of the minor league season is quickly coming to a close, we thought it might be a good idea to take a peek at the progress of the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers.
Without fail, there are at least a couple prospects every spring making a case for their inclusion on the big league roster. Spring camp is the one time of the year these youngsters have a chance to compete against veteran players at the highest level, despite many of the vets taking the field to polish up mechanics or fix a small tweak here and there.