Until recently, the last week of August was a time when we’d anticipate a handful of prospects joining the major league team to get their feet wet and see how they react to playing at the highest possible level.
However, with the most recent roster rule changes, teams only expand to 28 players on September 1 through the end of the regular season, limiting teams significantly on their additions over previous seasons.
24-year-old second baseman Michael Busch has gotten off to his hottest start as a professional.
Through his first 20 games at Double-A Tulsa this year, the lefty-hitting Minnesota native is slashing an impressive .286/.446/.671 with eight homers, three doubles and 20 RBI. What’s even more impressive is that he’s already drawn 19 walks, indicating a growing patience at the plate after punching out 129 times last year.
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.
So far this winter, most of our prospect talk has surrounded pitching and catching, which always seems to make up the higher rankings of the Dodgers’ farm. However, with Corey Seager now out of the shortstop picture, some of the emphasis could switch to the middle infield spots, if things ever get rolling again roster-wise.
The ascension of infield prospect Michael Busch continues to gain momentum. Recently, the No. 4 rated prospect on the Los Angeles Dodgers farm was named as the fifth-best second base prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline, seemingly bumping up his big-league arrival time even more.
For those who are regular readers of this site, you’ll know that we spend a great deal of time dedicated to the minor league affiliates of the Dodgers, often spotlighting some of the best prospects throughout the entire system.