Los Angeles Dodgers Prospect Rankings After Mookie Betts Trade

Dustin May
Los Angeles Dodgers starter Dustin May | Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been among the best teams in the league over the last half-decade, and they have routinely been at or near the top of the list in terms of the quality of their minor league system. Even after parting with some key pieces in the deal that netted them Mookie Betts and David Price, Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers are still stacked in the minors.

10. OF Andy Pages

Pages, who was almost traded to the Angels, is just 19 and has only one season with the Rookie-Ball Odgen Raptors under his belt, but his tools are incredibly fascinating. His .298 average helped quell fears about his contact, while his stellar defense stood out routinely. Pair that with 43 extra-base hits, and you got a prospect worthy of your attention, even though he's a little green.

9. RHP Mitchell White

White has frontline stuff and polish on the mound, but he's down at No. 9 due to the fact he struggled with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers last season. If he figures out how to stop his home run problem, his four pitch mix, including a mid-90s heater and a changeup that vanishes as it comes to the plate, will serve him well as he fights to earn a call up to the MLB roster in 2019.

8. 3B Cody Hoese

Hoese was the Dodgers' first-round pick in 2019, and the former Tulane third baseman spent most of his time with the Single-A Great Lakes Loons. The 6-4 third baseman managed just two home runs after slamming 23 his final year in college, but his power stroke is still obvious to anyone who watches just a couple of at bats. If his defense is up to par, he could zoom through the minor leagues and end up in Chavez Ravine.

7. OF DJ Peters

In terms of raw power, there is no one close to Peters in the Dodgers system. The big 6-5 outfielder has crushed 79 home runs over the last three minor league seasons, and he is improving in the field as a defender. Peters would be an ideal candidate for a DH on an AL club, but his competent defense has the Dodgers considering him as a viable starter in their outfield.

6. RHP Josiah Gray

Gray was not expected to surge through the minor leagues as quickly as he did, but the 22-year-old former shortstop forced the Dodgers' hand after posting a 2.26 ERA in 25 starts across three levels in 2019. Gray is nearly unhittable thanks to a fastball that will sit at 95 and top out at 97, paired with a long, looping breaking ball that sits in the low 80s. If the Dodgers ever need a fifth starter at some point this season, Gray should be among the first calls they make.

5. C Keibert Ruiz

Ruiz's star has lost a bit of luster over the last few seasons given the emergence of Will Smith at catcher, but there is still a lot to like in the switch-hitting catcher. A terrific defender and game-caller, Ruiz has toned down his home run seeking approach in favor of a more controlled swing that has rewarded him with far more consistent at-bats. If Smith starts to falter, Ruiz will be on the first flight to LA.

4. RHP Tony Gonsolin

Gonsolin got some time with the big league club last season, and he rewarded their faith in him with a 2.93 ERA and a minuscule batting average against of just .178. Gonsolin's splitter might be the most dominant non-fastball in the entire Dodgers' minor league system, and he's managed to complement that with a solid fastball and an improving slider. Gonsolin could challenge for a rotation spot if everything breaks his way this year.

3. RHP Brusdar Graterol

Graterol was supposed to be a Red Sox player a week ago, but LA is thrilled that he's coming to their farm system instead. It is not hyperbole to say Graterol's fastball is among the five fastest in all of baseball, as he sat around 100, while managing to touch 102 with the Twins. If Graterol manages to work on his changeup and improve his command of his slider, then he could be a contributor as a starter or reliever for the Dodgers.

2. RHP Dustin May

May pitched in 14 games with the Dodgers last year, starting four. His trademark long, red hair and high leg kick befuddled hitters to the tune of a 3.63 ERA. With a cutter that moves like a slider, a sweeping breaking ball, and a fastball with late run to it, May's stuff is equalled only by Graterol in the Dodgers' prospect collection. May will see very minimal, if any, time in the minor leagues in 2020 if he keeps improving.

1. SS/2B Gavin Lux

Lux was recently ranked as the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball, trailing only Wander Franco. He is expected to handle second base duties for the Dodgers this season. Lux, who homered in his first postseason at bat, hit .347 with 26 home runs in Triple-A, while piling up a respectable .240 average in limited September time. His potential with the glove and at the plate is endless, and he'll be manning second for a LONG time in Los Angeles.