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Austin Barnes Talks Dodgers Impressive Pitching Prospects, Bobby Miller, Pepiot and More

As we tick toward opening day in LA, the Dodgers are in an interesting spot roster wise. The depth isn’t as robust as its been in recent years, at least in terms of proven major league talent. However, the organization is ripe with top prospect talent at the minor league level. Particularly on the pitching side of things.

By now fans have heard names like Gavin Stone and Bobby Miller a bunch, especially over this past winter. And we all saw guys like Ryan Pepiot and Michael Grove make their debuts for the club last season.

One guy getting a front row seat with these hurlers is long-time Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes.’s Doug McKain caught up with Austin recently. Among the topics Barnes was nice enough to talk to us about was his view of the pitchers who have impressed him most this spring.

“There’s a ton of them. Bobby Miller — I really like Bob. Gavin Stone, the way he carries himself, really like him, especially his presence, I think it’s really good. And Pepiot has been making a lot of strides to. The Dodgers have a wealth of talent and those kids, sky’s the limit, really.”

Via DodgersNationTV

Barnes, who’s playing for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic at the moment, would seemingly be an authority on these pitchers given the fact that he’s catching their stuff. If Austin likes them, we should like them.

Chances are high that we see a lot of these names this coming season. Grove and Pepiot are the most likely to earn starts early in the season if injuries (like Tony Gonsolin’s ankle injury) pop up. The most intriguing name is definitely Bobby Miller who is the most highly regarded on prospects rankings lists. Dave Roberts recently said Miller will not be pitching in any big league outings this spring while he continues to develop the mental side of his game. But where he can really be a weapon is down the stretch in a pennant race against the Padres and Giants in the NL West.

As Barnes said, the sky is the limit for these young pitchers.

Clint Pasillas

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One Comment

  1. The thing is Austin Barnes says he likes the dodgers 3 best pitching prospects without giving any detail and you think this is a serious article. Everybody likes these guys … duh. But this article is nothing but filler.

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