MLB LAD Pipeline top thirty breakdown

MLB pipeline released their top 30 Dodger prospects for 2019 a few days ago, and as we have done in the past we break it down.

In 2018 Walker Buehler was head of the class and is now the hurler expected to lead the Dodger rotation into 2019.

Alex Verdugo is now considered the top prospect though I’d have gone with Keibert. Two players acquired in the Puig trade crack the top thirty with Jeter and Josiah Gray.  Dustin May moves into the top pitching prospect spot. Gavin Lux is now the top infielder though he might be pushed by Jeter Downs if Downs is as good as we have heard.

Just to show how strong the Dodger catching depth is, they have three catchers in their top ten with Ruiz, Smith, and the new teen-ager Diego Cartaya. Not far behind them is Connor Wong at 14. This deserves its own article because owning the catching depth in important in an era where MLB catchers have fallen behind the rest of baseball.

MLB Pipeline finally figured out something the rest of us knew almost two years ago and that is Yadier Alvarez and Jeren Kendall have a lot to prove before they can be called prospects again.

Players who were in the 2018 MLB Pipeline and made the biggest jump were Tony Gonsolin going from 24th to 5th, Gavin Lux going from 13th to 4th, and Dustin May going from 11th to 3rd.

Caleb Ferguson might have made the biggest jump but he used up his rookie status. The pre-2018 ranking had Caleb at 16 and I think he’d be right behind Dustin May if he was still a rookie. Walker Buehler was the top-ranked prospect last year and he rewarded that ranking with one of the great rookie seasons in LAD history.  No one else graduated from the 2018 ranking.

Players traded or taken in the Rule 5 draft from the 2018 ranking were Yusniel Diaz, Kyle Famer, and Drew Jackson.

Players dropped from the 2018 Pipeline ranker were Starling Heredia, Jordan Sheffield, Imani Abdullah, Errol Robinson, Morgan Cooper, James Marinan,  Romer Cuadrado, Ronny Brito, Luke Raley, Donavan Casey. That is a lot of players from one year to the next.

Replacing those players were Jacob Amaya, Gerardo Carrilo, Omar Estevez, Edwin Uceta, Leonel Valera, Braydon Fisher, John Rooney, Robinson Ortiz, Marshall Kasowski, Miquel Vargas, and Zach Willeman. 

ProspecName BirthDate AGE 2,019 2018 Jump POS Draft/FA
Alex Verdugo* 5/15/1996 22 1 2 1 CF 2/2014
Keibert Ruiz 7/20/1998 20 2 3 1 C Int/FA
Dustin May 9/6/1997 21 3 11 8 RHP 3/2016
Gavin Lux 11/23/1997 21 4 13 9 SS 1/2016
Tony Gonsolin 5/14/1994 24 5 24 19 RHP 9/2016
Will Smith 3/28/1995 23 6 9 3 C 1/2016
Dennis Santana 4/12/1996 22 7 10 3 RHP Int/FA
Jeter Downs 7/27/1998 20 8 Not in System NA SS/2nd 32nd Pick by Reds
Mitchell White 12/28/1994 24 9 4 -5 RHP 2/2016
Diego, Cartaya 9/7/2001 17 10 NR NA Catcher IntFA/2018
D.J. Peters 12/12/1995 23 11 6 -5 OF 4/2016
Jacob Amaya 09/03/1998 20 12 NR Boom Infielder 11th/2017
Edwin Rios* 4/21/1994 24 13 12 -1 1st/3rd 6/2015
Connor Wong 5/19/1996 22 14 15 1 C 3/2017
Michael Grove 12/18/1996 22 15 NR NA RHP 2/2018
Jeren Kendall 2/4/1996 23 16 7 -9 OF 1/2017
Yadier Alvarez 3/7/1996 22 17 8 -9 RHP Int/FA
Josiah Gray 12/21/1997 21 18 Not In System NA RHP 2nd/2018 by Reds
Gerardo Carrillo 09/13/1998 20 19 NR Boom RHP Int/FA 2016
Omar Estevez 2/25/1998 21 20 NR Boom 2b/SS Int/FA 2015
Edwin Uceta 01/09/1998 21 21 NR Boom RHP Int/FA 2016
Leonel Valera 07/09/1999 19 22 NR Boom RHP Int/FA 2015
Braydon Fisher 07/26/2000 18 23 NR Boom RHP 4/2018
John Rooney 01/28/1997 22 24 NR Boom LHP 3/2018
Robinson Ortiz 01/04/2000 19 25 NR Boom LHP Int/FA 2017
Marshall Kasowski 3/10/1995 23 26 NR Boom RHP 13/2017
Cristian Santana 2/24/1997 22 27 14 -13 3B/1st Int/FA
Miguel Vargas 11/17/1999 19 28 NR Boom 3B/1st Int/FA 2017
Zach Willeman 3/27/1996 22 29 NR Boom RHP 19th/2017
Matt Beatty 4/28/1993 25 30 23 -7 1st/3rd 12/2015

 

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