When Dodgers prospect Andy Pages came to the United States for his first season of stateside minor league ball in 2019, three things were obvious: he had a cannon for an arm, another cannon for a bat, and occasionally very little control over either cannon.
In 63 games with Rookie-level Ogden that summer, Pages hit 22 doubles and 19 homers, struck out 79 times, and had eight assists and five errors in the outfield. Project all that out across 162 games, and you’re looking at 56 doubles, 49 homers, and 21 outfield assists — all just simply amazing — along with the less-amazing 13 errors and 203 strikeouts.
After missing 2020 because of the pandemic, Pages has continued to show prodigious power and an excellent arm while cutting down on the strikeouts and the errors. His strikeout rate in 2019 was 28.3%; it’s been 24.5% each of the last two seasons. And between the two seasons — 2021 in High-A Great Lakes and 2022 in Double-A Tulsa — Pages his hit 57 home runs and 54 doubles.
There have still been struggles to remain consistent at the plate, having an up-and-down year with Tulsa and ending the season with an overall OPS of .805. That consistency is one of the things Pages is working on in his time in the Arizona Fall League, as Jesse Borek reports on MLB.com.
“I’ve always been told, ‘Power comes with time,’” Pages said via interpreter Benny Arroyo, an athletic trainer from the Brewers’ organization. “So I’ve just been focusing on hitting the ball well and power pretty much just came and that’s how I’ve been doing it this year. …
“I think the biggest adjustment in Tulsa was getting consistency with my swing. I felt like throughout the year, I wasn’t that consistent.”
Pages is also focused on honing his powerful arm for more accuracy in his throws.
“It feels really good to have a strong arm, but also, I work on that, not only getting it ready and strong, but also throwing to the bases and things like that.”
Pages has been among the youngest players in the league at every stop, and that will be true again in 2023 in Triple-A. If he keeps developing, it might be true in the big leagues sooner than later.
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