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2021 Dodgers Top 50 Prospects: 40-31 – Dodgers Digest

Brandon Lewis. Photo by: Cody Bashore

We’re into the Top 40, and you’re going to see some of familiar names, but also some new ones. There’s a non-zero chance all these guys make it to the majors one day.

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I’ve included Future Value (FV) grades and risks for the Top 50 prospects. For example, if a guy gets a “50 low,” he has a really good chance to be an average player at his position. If a guy gets a “55/High,” there’s a good chance he won’t reach that ceiling, but the potential is there. The grades are 20-80 (50 is average), and the risks are as follows:

  • Low: Players who are usually older, have debuted, are relievers and/or have higher floors than ceilings
  • Medium: Players who are a mix of younger and older, usually have higher floors
  • High: Players who are usually younger with potential, but also question marks
  • Extreme: Players who are generally younger with star potential, but a ton of question marks

This is to show what value a player might provide at the MLB level. The higher the risk, the less likely a player will reach that ceiling.

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Editor’s Note: I am not a scout (#notascout). I am an amateur when it comes to evaluating players. I don’t claim to be a pro, I just want to pass along the information I observe/obtain to the people. Notes and comments are based on personal observation (though, not this year), talking to sources, reading scouting reports and watching video. For future entries in this series: All ratings in the charts below are on the standard 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 is roughly average, 80 is elite and nearly unattainable and 20 is unacceptably poor. Enjoy.

Other Notes: “Role” is a realistic future role (slightly optimistic in some cases). Age is the 2021 season age for the player (June 30 is the cutoff date).

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40. 3B/1B Cristian Santana

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2021 Location ETA
6’2 211 24 Defense IFA: Dominican, ’14 Backup CIF Double-A Tulsa/Triple-A OKC 2021

Strengths

  • Potential plus-defense at third base
  • Above-average power
  • Elite speed

Weaknesses

  • Aggressiveness limits potential
  • Trouble elevating
  • Could struggle against advanced pitching
Tool Present Future
Hit 35 45
Power 50 55
Speed 45 40
Defense 50 55
Arm 70 70
FV/Risk 40 Extreme

39. RHP Osvanni Gutierrez

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2021 Location ETA
6’2 180 19 Fastball IFA: Cuba, ’19 Back-end SP AZL Dodgers 2024

Strengths

  • Uptick in velo (90-93 MPH)
  • Potentially plus-changeup
  • Impressed at instructional league

Weaknesses

  • Still raw on mound
  • Breaking ball lagging behind Cer offerings
  • Lacking experience
Tool Present Future
Fastball 35 55
Curveball 25 50
Changeup 35 55
Command/Control 30 55
Delivery 40 50
FV/Risk 40 Extreme

38. RHP Hyun-il Choi

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2021 Location ETA
6’2 200 21 Fastball IFA: South Korea, ’19 No. 4/5 SP Low-A Rancho Cucamonga 2023

Strengths

  • Fastball slightly above-average velo with movement
  • Deceptive delivery
  • Advanced command/control for age

Weaknesses

  • Physically maxed out
  • Lacks true out pitch
  • Limited ceiling
Tool Present Future
Fastball 40 55
Slider 35 50
Changeup 35 50
Command/Control 40 55
Delivery 40 50
FV/Risk 40 High

37. SS/3B Leonel Valera

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2021 Location ETA
6’2 200 21 Arm IFA: Venezuela, ’15 Utility IF High-A Great Lakes 2023

Strengths

  • Above-average power potential
  • Strong arm at both SS/3B
  • Above-average runner for size

Weaknesses

  • Hit tool lacking
  • Plate discipline a problem
  • Lack of upper-level experience
Tool Present Future
Hit 25 40
Power 30 50
Speed 55 55
Defense 35 50
Arm 60 60
FV/Risk 40 Extreme

36. LHP Alex Vesia

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2021 Location ETA
6’1 209 25 Changeup Trade w/ MIA Feb. ’21 6th/7th inning Triple-A OKC/LA Debuted 2020

Strengths

  • Changeup misses bats
  • Unique fastball
  • Slider has potential

Weaknesses

  • Rocked in MLB debut
  • Undersized, but not dissimilar from other Dodger LHPs
  • Command/control needs work
Tool Present Future
Fastball 50 55
Slider 45 45
Changeup 60 60
Command/Control 40 45
Delivery 45 45
FV/Risk 40 High

35. 3B/1B Brandon Lewis

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2021 Location ETA
6’3 220 22 Power 4th round, ’19 2nd-division CIF High-A Great Lakes 2023

Strengths

  • Light-tower power
  • Makes a lot of contact
  • Untapped potential

Weaknesses

  • Might not be a 3B (arm and mobility)
  • Adrian Gonzalez-esque runner
  • Conditioning needs monitoring
Tool Present Future
Hit 40 55
Power 45 60
Speed 30 25
Defense 35 45
Arm 40 45
FV/Risk 40 High

34. 2B/3B Devin Mann

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2021 Location ETA
6’3 202 24 Hit 5th round, ’18 Utility IF Double-A Tulsa/Triple-A OKC 2022

Strengths

  • Good bat-to-ball skills
  • Serviceable defensively at 2B/3B
  • Untapped power

Weaknesses

  • Limited ceiling
  • Power late developing
  • Not much of a runner
Tool Present Future
Hit 45 50
Power 35 50
Speed 45 40
Defense 45 50
Arm 50 50
FV/Risk 40 High

33. OF/1B Zach Reks

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2021 Location ETA
6’2 190 27 Hit 10th round, ’17 4th OF/LH PH Triple-A OKC/LA 2021

Strengths

  • Hit tool above-average
  • Improved power potential
  • Good plate discipline

Weaknesses

  • Limited defensively
  • Older for a prospect
  • Power will determine value
Tool Present Future
Hit 45 50
Power 45 50
Speed 45 45
Defense 45 45
Arm 45 45
FV/Risk 40 Medium

32. RHP Nick Robertson

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2021 Location ETA
6’7 240 22 Fastball 7th round, ’19 Late-inning RP High-A Great Lakes/Double-A Tulsa 2022

Strengths

  • Borderline plus-plus fastball velo (mid-90s, max 98 MPH)
  • Hammer curveball misses bats
  • Could move quickly

Weaknesses

  • No third pitch
  • Command/control still big question mark
  • Short track record
Tool Present Future
Fastball 60 70
Curveball 55 60
Command/Control 30 40
Delivery 30 45
FV/Risk 40 High

31. C Jesus Galiz

Height Weight Age Best Tool Acquired Role 2021 Location ETA
6’0 183 17 Hit IFA: Venezuela, ’21 Starting Catcher DSL Dodgers/AZL Dodgers 2026

Strengths

  • High baseball IQ
  • Above-average contact ability
  • Strong arm

Weaknesses

  • Undersized (but could still grow)
  • Power potential, but not there yet
  • No pro experience
Tool Present Future
Hit 25 55
Power 20 50
Speed 45 40
Defense 30 60
Arm 45 60
FV/Risk 45 Extreme

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Next Up: Prospects 30-21




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