The Dodgers have walked a pretty interesting line lately, keeping an ultra-competitive big-league program while consistently having a solid farm system, too. While they’ve flexed their financial muscle by signing Freddie Freeman and trading for (and then extending) Mookie Betts, their ballclub has consistently included trash-bin pickups like Justin Turner, Chris Taylor, Max Muncy and others along with homegrown contributors like Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May, Will Smith, Gavin Lux, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, and Joc Pederson.
In order to keep those homegrown contributors coming, Los Angeles has had to maintain an excellent farm system. MLB Pipeline released their 2023 Preseason Top 100 Prospects list on Thursday, and once again, LA is looking mighty fine.
With seven prospects in the top 100, the Dodgers are tied with the Guardians for second-most in baseball. Only the Orioles, with eight, have more. Here’s how the seven Dodgers rank.
- 14 Diego Cartaya C
- 24 Bobby Miller RHP
- 37 Miguel Vargas 3B/OF/1B
- 54 Michael Busch 2B/OF
- 56 Gavin Stone RHP
- 70 Ryan Pepiot RHP
- 81 Andy Pages OF
Vargas and Miller were two of the biggest risers on the list from last year’s preseason list, with Vargas jumping 57 spots and Miller making a leap of 33.
Overall, 33 players from last year’s preseason list graduated to the big leagues, while 23 others dropped out of the top 100. The Dodgers didn’t have anyone in either of those two groups, but that figures to change in 2023. Vargas will surely graduate from prospect status, and Miller, Stone, Pepiot, and Busch are all likely to, too. (Outfielder James Outman will also probably move out of prospect status, but he’s not in the top 100.)
It’s an impressive group of prospects for the Dodgers, with strength at the top of the list and a lot of depth, and it should help them keep their competitive window open for the foreseeable future.
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