Dodgers 2015 Top Prospects 30-21: Coulombe, Liberatore & More Pitching
24. Joey Curletta, OF
Curletta, drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 draft, has considerable upside and is only starting to scratch the surface of his abilities. The hulking outfielder broke out with Ogden in 2013, batting .326/.402/.461, but his numbers came back down to Earth in Great Lakes last summer.
Despite his big frame and raw power, Curletta doesn’t hit a lot of home runs in games, which is primarily due to his lack of using his lower half in his swing. Once he begins incorporating his legs, balls should start flying out of the park.
Curletta has plenty of arm for right field, as evidenced by his 13 assists last year. Moving from Great Lakes to Rancho should help improve his offense and hopefully his swing continues to develop.
23. O’Koyea Dickson, 1B
No matter where he goes, Dickson just seems to find a way to hit. A 12th-round pick in 2011, the stocky first baseman has a career .839 OPS and makes plenty of contact. He has modest power, though he did tie a career high with 17 home runs last season in Double-A and set a career mark with 36 doubles.
Dickson also made a name for himself this spring, with a pair of homers in his brief time in big league camp. The 25 year old could carve out a career a la Olmedo Saenz and may make his Major-League debut this year.
22. Daniel Coulombe, LHP
Coulombe was the third left-handed reliever taken by the Dodgers in the 2012 draft (behind Paco Rodriguez and Onelki Garcia) and was the last out of the trio to make his big league debut. A senior sign out of Texas Tech, Coulombe flew through the Minors, posting a 3.43 ERA with 214 strikeouts in 157.1 innings before reaching the majors.
This spring, he allowed just two unearned runs on one hit. The short southpaw likely won’t make the team out of Spring Training but should see the Majors again sometime soon.
21. Adam Liberatore, LHP
A 21st-rounder from 2010 by the Tampa Bay Rays, it wasn’t a big surprise when new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman acquired him shortly after joining the organization. The 27-year-old lefty produced outstanding numbers last year in Triple-A and has shown that he has the ability to get Major-League hitters out this spring.
With all of the Dodgers’ relief depth, odds are against Liberatore making the roster out of Spring Training. However, he should be among the first in line to replace an injured or underperforming reliever.
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Dickson, Coulombe, Liberatore all impressive this Spring along with the Minor Crew of Urias, Seager, Holmes, Reed, Yimi Garcia, Pedro Baez, Jansen, Kikki Hernandez, Barnes,Schebler, Sweeney, Seager, Zach Lee looks to me like his new mechanics have helped him significantly. The point being the future looks good with Home Grown Talent. Which gives this very Financially Powerful Club more ability to buy the few players needed to fill the gaps in the Future. So Guggenheim should make a lot of money and we should have consistently great competitive teams. Or we can Hope anyway.