Baseball Prospectus Dodger Prospect top ten lists from Nov 2016 – Nov 2017
Now that Baseball Prospectus, Baseball America, and John Sickels have all done their Dodger top ten lists, let us look at how they compare this year and last year.
This particular article will focus on Baseball Prospectus.
Below the comments is a quick chart on Baseball Prospectus Dodger Rankings comparing Nov 2016 with Nov 2017.
Yadier Alvarez was ranked number one in Nov 2016 but he struggled most of the season, while Cody Bellinger won unanimous NL ROY honors. Jose De Leon was ranked 3rd before he was traded, and he basically missed the whole season to injury but didn’t pitch well even when he did get on the mound. The Dodgers traded the right pitcher for Logan Forsythe.
They have been high on Dustin May for two years now. Last year they didn’t rank him that high though eleven was still high for him, this year they really like him. If you read the article you can see just how much they like him as they gave him multiple paragraphs.
Ruiz was not even ranked last year and jumped to the 4th spot. That is what you call a prospect leap frog. He was mentioned in the Nov 2016 comments as someone who would have fallen into the next five, meaning 16 – 20.
Austin Barnes was not eligible due to service time issues but they said in the Nov 2016 comments that he would not have fallen into the top 10. I’d call that a whiff given what he produced at the major league level in 2017. If you are impressed with someone starting every game of a seven-game World Series anyway.
Mitchell White was able to crack the top ten this year coming in at 7 after being ranked in the 12-15 group last year.
Jeren Kendall was not in the system last Nov and immediately cracks the top ten with a ranking of eight in his first year of eligibility.
Gavin Lux is at number nine in both 2016 and 2017 rankings.
Jordan Sheffield is at number ten in both 2016 and 2017 rankings. I would have gone with Dennis Santana myself as I’m high on Santana but not on Sheffield, though the odds seem high that both will end up in the bullpen.
Starling Heredia is once again not ranked in the top 20 by either BA or BP. Sure hope John Sickels is right on this one and I fully expect Starling to have the largest leap at this time next year. They did mention Starling in the comments:
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