Dodgers Prospects: When Will We See Ryan Pepiot and Josiah Gray, Darien Núñez Next Aroldis Chapman?

Dodgers Nation prospect guru Tim Rogers joins us to break down new bullpen arm, left-hander Darien Núñez. Moreover, with injuries continuing to pile up for Dodgers starters and relievers, LA could find itself in a situation where they will have to call up some of their top pitching prospects. 


We discuss how soon we can expect to see LA’s top pitching prospect Josiah Gray and their hottest arm on the farm, Ryan Pepiot. Plus, why the Dodgers should call Pepiot up next.


Jojo Gray is making his third start of the season today for Triple-A Oklahoma City. More importantly, it’s his second start since missing two months with a shoulder impingement. LA’s minor league pitcher of the year in 2019, the right-hander has a 2.57 ERA in 7 innings this year.

Notably, Dave Roberts said that Gray wouldn’t be an option at the big league level until he builds his pitch count up to about 75 in a start.

Related: Could Josiah Gray Be An Option to Start in the Near Future?

Next, Ryan Pepiot, a third-round pick in the 2019 draft, has been sneaky in his ascent into top prospect territory. Currently, the 23-year-old ranks seventh on the Dodgers’ top prospect list, according to MLB.com. In 10 games (9 starts) this season, Ryan has posted a 1.73 ERA in 41.2 innings pitched. He’s striking out more than a batter an inning in 2021.

The Dodgers are in a precarious spot as they head toward the trade deadline. That trademark depth has been tested. However, there isn’t a strong need for a top of the rotation arm. Sure, Trevor Bauer is likely gone, but Clayton Kershaw should be back soon after the All-Star break. For Dave Roberts and the Dodgers, really there’s just a need to fill innings. And that’s something they perhaps can keep doing internally.

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Doug McKain

Doug McKain is a lifelong Dodger fan and hosts Dodgers Nation’s “DNpostgame” show online. He also hosts Dodgers DougOut and the LA Sports Report on YouTube. DMAC is also a rabid Lakers fan, and lover of all Los Angeles sports.


  1. No need for top of the rotation help??? This bunch of deadheads need that and then some. Can’t beat the Fish and the Snakes. The bullpen will surely regress with all the innings because of Doc’s inability to manage a pitching staff. In the meantime, the offense, which continues to feature our .182 “slugger” (another example of why Doc needs to go) Defense right there with the other shortcomings. Friedman needs to climb out of the dumpster and start looking for help. Preferably help that will bring some fire and enthusiasm. Knew Verdugo was a huge mistake, but never thought I’d miss Keke and Joc this much. This team doesn’t look like they’re having any fun….change of scenery/attitude needed and quickly

  2. What difference does it make? It’s becoming painfully obvious that the Dodgers farm system is a vast wasteland.

    1. Yep, and Uceta needs to be sent back to that wasteland. That guy has cost this team 2 games within the past few games by himself, although the inept offense and batting Bellinger 4th also contributed. This team is pathetic on all fronts right now— pitching, hitting and defense. And all managed by an inept manager as well.

      1. Good Sunday morning, Azul!!!!! And good morning PD Jr.!!!!! Hope all is well. I totally agree with your assessment of Uceta. He has demonstrated an inability to get the job done. Send him down for more seasoning, lots more!!!! Bellinger is having a heck of a time this year, and batting him 4th is not helping anyone. Bauer is gone, never to reappear. Lets hope we can right the ship of state so that after the ASG we play better defense, hit with men in scoring position, and align our pitching staff for the long haul. Stay well, my friends.
        Go Blue!!!

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