It’s always a good sign when players on your team are involved in any sort of MLB Top 10 ranking. For the Dodgers’, prospects Bobby Miller and Gavin Stone, were both listed on MLB’s Top Right-Handed Pitching Prospects for 2023.
Among L.A.’s many promising prospects including catcher Diego Cartaya and infielder Miguel Vargas, there are two pitchers in particular that have caught the eye of many prospect hounds.
In MLB.com’s recent listing of the “Top 10 RHP Prospects for 2023,” both Bobby Miller and Gavin Stone were recognized, with Miller at number six and Stone at number 10. The pair came out of the same draft class and were standouts at each respective college, with Miller drafted out of Louisville and Stone from Central Arkansas.
Miller has a solid four-pitch, and Baseball Prospectus specifically ranks his fastball as his fourth-best pitch, as it sits in the high 90s.
Stone came in a three-way tie for the best changeup of the group, with a 70 grade on the 20-80 scouting scale. In other words, his skill level is near the best. The 24-year-old is expected to have a significant impact on the pitching staff next season.
“Lefties beware. These righties have something in store for you too. All three showed off mid-80s changeups that looked close to their fastballs out of their hands, only to tumble and fade below waving bats. Neither [Grayson] Rodriguez (.157), [Eury] Pérez (.204) nor Stone (.216) had lefties bat higher than .220 against them in 2022, on account of those impressive cambios.”
The article highlighted Stone as well and even gave him his very own category:
“Highest riser & humblest beginning: Stone
The Dodgers selected the Central Arkansas right-hander in the fifth round of the shortened 2020 Draft, meaning he was their final pick that year. Stone signed for just $97,500 (well below the $327,200 assigned to his slot as the penultimate pick in the whole process) and he wasn’t considered among the Dodgers’ Top 30 prospects entering his first full season. He’s fanned 306 batters in 212 2/3 innings over four full-season levels since then and now fits comfortably on the Top 100 overall list with three above-average pitches and good control.”
Both teammates have incredible skill and are expected to kick off their debut year strong for the Dodger’s 2023 season.
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