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Dodgers Net Four Players in FanGraphs Top 100 List

Preseason prospect rankings offer normalcy for baseball fans languishing in the lockout. Even in a typical year, February is typically the time where prospect experts release their rankings for the coming season. FanGraphs posted their list on Wednesday and included four Dodgers prospects in their top 100.

Diego Cartaya – Catcher (37)

The FanGraphs staff is not as high on Cartaya as some other experts, but still believe he has an “All-Star ceiling”. Their main concern was back and hamstring injuries leading to a small sample size. Cartaya played in just 31 games last year in Low-A. They did however echo a popular Cartaya player comparison.

“The power, strikeouts, aggressive approach, frame, and arm strength are all reminiscent of Salvador Perez. There’s extreme variance here because we’re talking about a very young catcher, one who hasn’t played all that much yet, but Cartaya has the ability to be a star.”

Michael Busch – Second base (79)

The review on Busch was complimentary of his hitting capabilities, but also highlighted his limitations on defense.  FanGraphs labeled him as a “bat-only prospect”.

“The strong-bodied Busch has never done anything but hit…Busch is not a good defensive player. Scouts who have had an extended look at him think he could eventually be passable at second base, but definitely not good, much like Tommy La Stella.”

The site projects thinks Busch has a “high probability” to become an everyday MLB player. 

Andy Pages – Centerfield (86)

FanGraphs believes Pages’ power makes him a noteworthy prospect.

“It’s very likely Pages not only gets to all of his raw power, but might outperform it because of how often he’s able to lift the baseball. He’s a launch angle unicorn with the thump to take advantage of it and a non-zero chance of staying at a premium defensive spot, though it’s not likely.”

However, his high launch angle swing profiles as an all-or-nothing outfielder slugger.

“Pages swings and misses quite a bit and instead has a power-driven profile.”

Bobby Miller – Starting pitcher (94)

The prospect brain trust believes in Miller’s “impressive power arsenal”, but is unsure if Miller can remain a starter at the big league level.

“Miller clearly has the stuff and control to pitch in the big leagues, but there is too much reliever risk for him to rank with the arms on this list who have a much better chance to remain starters throughout their development.”

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Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.

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