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Dodgers: Diego Cartaya Honored to be Considered LA’s Top Prospect

It’s Prospect List season, and Dodgers catching prospect Diego Cartaya is at the top of pretty much every list of LA’s prospects. Cartaya isn’t as close to the big leagues as some of the guys below him, but prospect experts everywhere are very excited about his potential.

Cartaya sat down with Dodgers Nation recently, and we asked him about that distinction of being at the top of LA’s lists.

“You see all the minor league players, like the prospects and all that, they’re all good, I’m impressed that I’m the No. 1. Like, I don’t feel like I am. I see guys like Bobby [Miller], Miguel [Vargas], James [Outman], they’re all good. And even guys that they’re not on the list, like that list just tells you that you’re still a minor league player. So I feel like it doesn’t matter if you are in the list or not. But just being a Dodger player, that means a lot.”

Cartaya is just 21 years old and hasn’t yet played above High-A, but he has an .883 overall OPS in the minors despite being years younger than the competition at every stop. With a full season in 2023, he could finish the year in Triple-A and be knocking on the door of the big leagues by this time next year.

Watching the video of Doug’s conversation with Cartaya, there’s not much to dislike about the young Venezuelan. Those guys behind him on the prospect lists will likely leapfrog him into the big leagues, but he’ll be there with them soon enough.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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