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Prospect Profiles: Los Angeles Dodgers
- Updated: March 7, 2017
Taking A Look At The Los Angeles Dodgers Farm System
Last season the Los Angeles Dodgers had an impressive season, finishing the regular season with a 91-71 record, which put them at the top of the NL West. The Dodgers fell short in the post season after losing to the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. 2017 looks to be another quest for the World Series title, but the Dodgers still have an impressive farm system.
Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF
Cody Bellinger is the Los Angeles Dodgers top prospect and is listed as the number 32 prospect in baseball. The Dodgers picked Bellinger in the 4th round of the 2013 draft with a $700,000 bonus. Bellinger had trouble in his first stint in the minors, but he developed a new swing in 2015, that has lead him to success in the last couple of seasons.
Bellinger is a strong left handed hitter, with impressive swing mechanics that many scouts say will guide him to success in the majors. Although he is a strong hitter, he is an even more impressive fielder. Cody is more adept in the field than most first baseman. His fielding skills allowed him to play center field in 2015. Cody can be a solid left handed hitter for the Dodgers in the future.
Yadier Alvarez, RHP
Yadier Alvarez currently plays in single A with the Great Lake Loons and is the Dodgers top pitching prospect. Alvarez is also listed #92 on the top 100 prospect list. Alvarez was signed by the Dodgers in the international market in 2015.
Yadier has an electric fastball which can top 100 MPH at times, as well as a wipe out slider that misses plenty of bats. His 6 foot 3 inch frame has allowed him to have somewhat consistent mechanics, but still needs to improve his delivery. What he needs the most improvement on however, is his secondary pitches. His change-up is not really viable at the professional level. Alvarez does have trouble commanding the strike zone at times, especially with his secondary pitches. The Dodgers will continue to work with him on improving his delivery and control.
Alex Verdugo, OF
Alex Verdugo is the Dodgers top prospect in the outfield and he is listed as #46 on the top 100 prospect list. Los Angeles picked the Verdugo in the 2nd round of the 2014 draft. He has exploded in the minor leagues so far, putting up an impressive batting line of .273 AVG/ .336 OBP/ .407 SLG in Triple A last season.
Scouts note Verdugo’s advanced batting approach and his knowledge of the strike zone. His ability to make good contact is one reason why the Dodgers may use him at the top of the batting order in the future. Many debate his ability to hit for power though. Some scouts believe he can be a 20 home run hitter, but others have doubts about that. Verdugo has an average fielding skill set, but has a powerful arm. The Dodgers may look to put him at a corner outfield position in the future.
Andrew Toles, OF
The Los Angeles Dodgers farm system has no shortage of good outfielders. Andrew Toles is another top prospect in the Dodgers farm system. Andrew was selected in the 3rd round of the 2015 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers signed him in 2015 and he shined, moving from Class A to Triple A last season.
Toles has solid hitting mechanics and impressive speed in the field and on the base paths. He has an average arm and his fielding is slightly above average, but he found plenty of success last season in the minors. Although he has shown impressive growth in the field and at the plate, he is known to get into trouble off the field. Toles has been suspended multiple time since he started playing baseball in college. If Toles straightens out his act and continues to develop he could provide a spark at the top of the lineup.
Willie Calhoun, 2B
Willie Calhoun is the 3rd best prospect at second base and is also listed as #88 on the list of top 100 prospects in all of baseball. He is noted for having solid contact and knowledge of the strike zone. Calhoun was selected by the Dodgers in the 4th round of the 2015 draft and is currently in Triple A. Scouts and staff alike are impressed by the amount of power he possesses. Although he is only 5 foot 8 Willie has incredible power which saw him put up 27 home runs last season.
Willie’s bat is what will likely push him to the big leagues, but his fielding is not quite up to par. Many scouts do not believe that he will be able to stay at second base due to his lack of speed and somewhat weak arm strength. Calhoun had 18 errors in 65 games during his first season in Class A ball. The staff may move him over to a corner outfield position in the future.
Yusniel Diaz, OF
Yusniel Diaz plays in Class A baseball with the Ranco Cucamonga Quakes. He has tremendous speed and does well in the field. His knowledge of the strike zone and contact swing helped him in the minors last season. Although he has little power his speed makes up for it.
Jordan Sheffield, RHP
Jordan Sheffield plays in Class A baseball for the Great Lakes Loons. He throws a fastball that can hit 98 on the radar gun, as well as a change-up and slider. He needs to work on controlling is secondary pitches and use his fastball to miss bats. Although he has the tools to become a starter in the future many point out his troubling history with injuries. If he can stay healthy Jordan Sheffield could become a future starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.