Dodgers Compared to Powerhouse 90's Braves Teams and Not in the Way You'd Think
Over the years, the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system has risen in a short amount of time. In 2021, the Dodgers went from number 14 in the preseason ranks to 16 in the 2021 midseason ranks and then climbed into the top 5 in the 2022 preseason ranks. The reason for this huge jump has been the development of the farm system and the players they’ve been able to acquire.
Top prospects like Diego Cartaya, Miguel Vargas, Bobby Miller, Gavin Stone, Michael Busch, Ryan Pepiot, and Andy Pages are the reason (among other prospects) for the farm system to be ranked number two in the 2023 preseason rankings. Those seven prospects are all among the top 100 prospects in the league. Only the Baltimore Orioles have more prospects in the top 100, with eight and tied with the Cleveland Guardians with seven prospects in the top 100.
Over the past decade, the Dodgers have been compared to the Atlanta Braves of the 1990s-2000s due to their dominance in the regular season but shortcomings in the postseason. However, writers of the pipeline rankings made the comparison between the Braves and Dodgers in a different kind of way.
Since the Braves of the 1990s and early 2000s, no organization has sustained winning in the Majors with developing talent in the Minors like the Dodgers have. Not only do they have a bevy of Top 100 Prospects ready to produce in the big leagues this season, they also have several Top 100 candidates percolating at lower levels, including catcher Dalton Rushing, right-handers Nick Nastrini and Nick Frasso and outfielder Josue De Paula.Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Sam Dykstra, MLB.com
History seems to repeat itself, and every way you look the Dodgers are the Atlanta Braves of the 90s. The Braves had their own prospects who produced in the big leagues. For example, Andruw Jones, Ryan Klesko, Javi Lopez, and Chipper Jones were among a few to grow in the Braves organization and contribute at the big league level.
The similarities are quite eerie, and unfortunately for Dodgers nation, that’s resulted in heartbreak after heartbreak. However, the Dodgers are promising, and so are their prospects. Looking at it glass half full, LA will be good for a very long time, and there will be no lack of great baseball at Chavez Ravine.
Did the Braves have a World Series stolen from them? They did not, and that’s where the comparisons end.