Diego Cartaya headlines a strong pool of prospect talent for the Dodgers. Recently, LA’s farm system ranked among the best in baseball once again, highlighting the organization’s ability to continuously reload and rebuild.
Deep diving position by position across the minor leagues, MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo recognized Cartaya’s catching capabilities as well, as he listed the future star on the list of “Top 10 catching prospects for 2023.” Here are the top 5 of that list.
- Francisco Álvarez, Mets
- Diego Cartaya, Dodgers
- Kevin Parada, Mets
- Harry Ford, Mariners
- Logan O’Hoppe, Angels
Even though Francisco Álvarez of the Mets beat Cartaya for No. 1, Cartaya may be the best overall catcher on this list. Alvarez’s hit tool may simply appear to be better than Cartaya in the eyes of analyst.
The fact that Cartaya is so high on the list still proves his power potential and overall ability as a receiver. After all, the 21-year-old is the Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect in the eyes of multiple talent evaluators.
Last year, the Dodgers director of player development, Will Rhymes, sat down with The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya and emphasized Cartaya’s offensive strength on top of his work ethic.
This season, the catcher hit .254 across High-A and Single-A, with 22 home runs and 72 RBIs. Barring a significant injury to Will Smith at the big league level, chances are that we won’t see Diego in LA this season. Jonathan Mayo sees his debut as more likely in 2024. But, at this rate, don’t be surprised to see him sooner.
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