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TRACK RECORD: Wisconsin high school players are historically one of the draft's least successful demographics, but Lux was a unique case. His uncle Augie Schmidt won the 1982 Golden Spikes Award and later became the coach at Division III Carthage (Wis.) College, where Lux began accompanying him to practices as a 6-year-old. After blossoming physically as a high school senior, Lux became the first Wisconsin prep drafted in the first round in 37 years when the Dodgers selected him 20th overall in 2016. He struggled in his first full season, but after adding 20 pounds to his skinny frame and adjusting his bat path, Lux took off. He raised his batting average 80 points and his slugging percentage 152 points from 2017 to 2018, and in 2019 he upped his game again. Lux hit .347 with a 1.028 OPS, both fourth in the minors, between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-Oklahoma City and won BA Minor League Player of the Year. He received his first major league callup Sept. 2 and took over as the Dodgers' primary second baseman down the stretch. SCOUTING REPORT: Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman called Lux's approach “the most mature I've ever been around in someone his age.” When Lux gets a pitch to hit, he explodes on it with above-average bat speed and a leveraged swing that allows him to drive the ball from gap to gap. Once a doubles hitter, Lux's liners have increasingly carried over the fence to right and center field as he's added muscle. With an advanced approach and an increasingly impactful swing, Lux projects as a consensus plus hitter with a chance to hit .300 in his best years and 20 or more home runs per season. Lux has maintained his plus speed and athleticism even as he added muscle. He doesn't run often, but he picks his spots well. Lux is a leader in the infield at shortstop. He attacks the ball, reads hops well and gets the ball out quickly. Lux has the athleticism, lateral range and above-average arm strength to stick at shortstop, but longstanding throwing accuracy issues make him more reliable at second base. THE FUTURE: Lux is ready to step in as the Dodgers' everyday second baseman. He has a chance to become their No. 2 hitter and an all-star.
TRACK RECORD: May's fastball sat 88-92 mph in high school, but the Dodgers liked his projectable 6-foot-6 frame and bet he would add weight and velocity. He did just that after signing as a third-round pick, progressively adding a few ticks every year up to a breakthrough 2019. May broke camp sitting 95 mph and touching 99, and he vaulted from Double-A to the majors by early August. SCOUTING REPORT: May's sinker is a plus-plus pitch that draws comparisons with Kevin Brown's. It comes in at 95-99 mph from his towering release point and stays off of barrels with late, hard bite. His sinker touched 100 mph during a postseason relief appearance, and batters often can't do anything except pound it into the dirt. May's 90-92 mph cutter is his primary swing-and-miss pitch. He can alter its shape and locate it both sides of the plate, back-dooring it to lefties and leaving righties waving through it on the outside corner. May primarily uses his sinker and cutter, but also flashes an average power curveball and fringe-average changeup that will play up with better command. His control is impeccable. THE FUTURE: May is slated to open 2020 in the Dodgers' rotation. He is their potential future No. 2 starter behind Walker Buehler.
TRACK RECORD: After a year off to recover from Tommy John surgery in 2016, Graterol started making waves at the end of 2017 and continued to progress throughout 2018 at a pair of Class A stops. Shoulder soreness shortened his season at Double-A Pensacola in 2019, but he recovered to make his big league debut as a reliever on Sept. 1. He was impressive enough that the Twins kept him on their roster in their Division Series loss to the Yankees. Graterol was initially slated to go to the Red Sox via the Twins in the three-team Mookie Betts trade that also involved the Dodgers, but the deal was reworked after Boston reportedly balked at Graterol's medicals. Graterol was later traded directly to the Dodgers in a deal for Kenta Maeda.SCOUTING REPORT: Graterol's selling point continues to be his electric fastball. The pitch averaged 99 mph in his limited time in the big leagues and showed hard, heavy movement when he located it in the bottom of the strike zone. It doesn't have the typical characteristics one likes to see in a fastball used up in the zone, but pure velocity should allow him to blow it by hitters regardless. He pairs the fastball with a hard slider at 87-90 mph that scouts project as plus if it achieves more consistency. His slider breaks somewhat like a cutter rather than a deep, downer version that can be used to back-foot hitters. He has feel for a low-90s changeup, but he's primarily a two-pitch guy at this point in his development. He's already a big-bodied pitcher who must watch his conditioning as he develops. THE FUTURE: Graterol has the upside of a top-end starter and the floor of a power reliever. The development of his changeup and his conditioning will go a long way toward determining which path he takes.
TRACK RECORD: Ruiz signed with the Dodgers for $140,000 at 16 and skyrocketed through the system, playing a full season at Double-A at age 19. He repeated Double-A in 2019 due to the organization's catching logjam and struggled with motivation, leading to an underwhelming 76 games at Tulsa. He appeared rejuvenated after a July promotion Triple-A, but soon suffered a season-ending finger fracture. SCOUTING REPORT: Ruiz's tools remained apparent even in a down year. His elite-hand eye coordination and ability to manipulate the barrel give him the foundation of a plus hitter, and he almost never swings and misses. Ruiz is often too passive early in counts and has to swing at pitches he can't drive after pitchers get ahead, so the Dodgers have implored him to be more aggressive. The switch-hitting Ruiz flashes average power from the left side but almost none from the right. He should reach 12-15 homers once he starts picking out better pitches to drive. Ruiz is an improving gamecaller behind the plate who flashes above-average receiving and blocking skills when he's motivated. His average arm strength is hampered by below-average accuracy. THE FUTURE: Ruiz will try to get back on track at Triple-A in 2020. He's still far ahead of most catchers his age and has a chance to make his major league debut by 22.
TRACK RECORD: Gonsolin played both ways at St. Mary's and had more home runs (seven) than saves (six) his senior year. The Dodgers drafted him as a pitcher in the ninth round in 2016 and signed him for $2,500. Gonsolin rapidly added velocity once he focused on pitching and rocketed up the Dodgers system. After leading the organization in strikeouts in 2018 and winning Dodgers minor league pitcher of the year, he rose from Triple-A to the majors in 2019 and logged a 2.93 ERA in 40 innings in Los Angeles. SCOUTING REPORT: After topping out at 95 mph in college, Gonsolin now holds his fastball at 93-96 mph late in games as a starter and touches 99 mph in relief. He pitches aggressively and is unafraid to throw his fastball to any part of the strike zone, beating hitters in all quadrants. Gonsolin gets ahead with his fastball and finishes batters with his devastating split-change, a plus-plus pitch in the mid-80s that dives below the zone and gets swings and misses. His above-average, low 80s curveball and average upper 80s slider show nice spin and shape and have a chance to play up with better command. Gonsolin is athletic and aggressive and stays around the strike zone, but his command is often scattered. THE FUTURE: Gonsolin has a chance to open 2020 in the Dodgers' rotation. If he stumbles, his stuff and attacking mentality will play well in high-leverage relief.
TRACK RECORD: Gray entered Division II Le Moyne as a shortstop, began closing games as a sophomore and moved to pitching full-time his junior year. The Reds drafted him 72nd overall in 2018 and traded him to the Dodgers after the season in the deal that sent Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig to Cincinnati. Gray jumped three levels to Double-A in his first season with the Dodgers. He led the system in ERA (2.28) and strikeouts (147) and was named the organization's minor league pitcher of the year. SCOUTING REPORT: Gray is slightly undersized at 6-foot-1, but his strong, athletic physique allows him to pound the strike zone and hold his stuff deep into games. Gray's plus fastball sits 92-96 mph with running life away from lefties and into righties. Other pitchers throw harder, but Gray misses more bats because of the life on his fastball and his ability to maintain his top-end velocity and command late into games. Gray routinely lands his above-average 84-88 mph slider with late snap for strikes, and his firm upper 80s changeup flashes average with late sink. Gray's delivery is a bit crude, but he repeats it and flashes above-average control. He is highly intelligent and an elite competitor. THE FUTURE: Gray cemented himself as part of the Dodgers future rotation plans with his breakthrough 2019. He'll head to Triple-A in 2020 and has a chance to reach Los Angeles by midsummer.
TRACK RECORD: Cartaya starred for Venezuela's junior national teams growing up and was regarded as the country's best prospect in the 2018 international signing class. The Dodgers established a relationship with him early and signed him for $2.5 million. Cartaya began 2019 in the Dominican Summer League but proved so advanced the Dodgers moved him stateside after just 13 games to the Rookie-level Arizona League, where he excelled as a 17-year-old. SCOUTING REPORT: Cartaya is a highly advanced player on both sides of the ball. He has a short, quick swing with a sound bat path, drives the ball with an up-the-middle approach and makes adjustments to get to his power. He has strong hands and plenty of bat speed and should hit for both average and power as he matures. Cartaya presents a big target behind the plate and is flexible for his size. He's an above-average receiver with an above-average to plus arm, and some scouts think he's already a present major league-caliber defender. He has a strong, durable frame and a high baseball IQ, which he shows off with smart decisions on the basepaths. THE FUTURE: Cartaya has the Dodgers dreaming of an above-average hitter and plus defender behind the plate. He'll be only 18 next season but has a chance to move quickly.
TRACK RECORD: The Royals drafted Hoese in the 35th round in 2018 as a draft-eligible sophomore, but he returned to Tulane and became a firstrounder with a monster junior season. Hoese finished second in the nation with a .779 slugging percentage and tied for fifth with 23 home runs, leading the Dodgers to draft him 25th overall and sign him for $2,740,300. A tender right elbow limited Hoese after he signed, but he still posted an .863 OPS in 41 games and reached low Class A Great Lakes. SCOUTING REPORT: Hoese is a mature hitter who has excellent pitch recognition and controls the strike zone. He rarely chases and forces pitchers to come to him. When they do, Hoese unloads on balls with his natural strength and leveraged swing to produce plus raw power. He can turn on balls for long home runs to left or drive them with authority the other way. With his approach, Hoese is a potential above-average hitter who should clear 20-25 home runs annually. Hoese is a fringe-average runner who ticks up to average underway. He reads balls of the bat well at third base and projects to be at least an average defender with plus hands and an above-average arm. THE FUTURE: Hoese will rise as quickly as his bat takes him. He'll begin 2020 at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga as long as his elbow is healthy.
TRACK RECORD: One of eight children, Busch starred in baseball, football and hockey in high school in Minnesota before becoming one of college baseball's top hitters at North Carolina. The Dodgers drafted him 31st overall in 2019 and signed him for $2,312,000. Busch broke his right hand after getting hit by a pitch in just his fifth game, but he returned for the end of the Arizona Fall League and reached base in 12 of 22 plate appearances. SCOUTING REPORT: Many teams thought Busch possessed the best pure swing of the 2019 draft. His swing mechanics are sound, he covers the whole plate and he can manipulate his hands to hit balls in all parts of the strike zone. Busch is more of a patient, line-drive hitter than a masher, but the Dodgers think they can make adjustments to his lower half and create more leverage in his swing to access average power. Though Busch played first base and left field in college, the Dodgers drafted him as a second baseman and believe his short-area quickness and elite work ethic will help him become playable, and possibly average, in time. He's a below-average runner with a fringe-average arm. THE FUTURE: The Dodgers are confident they got a plus hitter in Busch. Now, it's about seeing how his power and defense develop.
TRACK RECORD: Rodriguez starred in showcase events for years and ranked as Venezuela's top prospect in the 2019 international class. The Dodgers locked on to Rodriguez early in the process and signed him for $2,667,500 on July 2. SCOUTING REPORT: Rodriguez was one of the most complete players in his class with an exciting combination of hitting ability, power and athleticism. He takes a patient, all-fields approach and has advanced plate discipline for his age. He turns around velocity with his smooth, righthanded swing and has a natural ability to lift the ball for power, especially to right-center field. Rodriguez has a long track record of performing against older competition, and his approach and swing hold the promise of a potentially plus hitter with 20-home run power. Rodriguez is an above-average runner with the instincts to stick in center field. He has plenty of room to grow into his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame and could move to a corner as he fills out. His above-average arm strength profiles in right field, if needed. THE FUTURE: Rodriguez has enormous potential, but he will be only 17 the entire 2020 season and is many years away. He is set to start his pro career in the Dominican Summer League.
TRACK RECORD: Santana signed with the Dodgers as a shortstop but converted to pitching after his first season. He earned All-Star honors in the low Class A Midwest League in 2016 and high Class A California League in 2017 before making his major league debut in 2018. Santana began 2019 in Triple-A expecting to be one of the Dodgers' first callups, but his fastball command disappeared and he spent the entire year at Oklahoma City. SCOUTING REPORT: Santana is a long, lanky righthander with lively stuff. His fastball sits 93-94 mph and touches 97 mph with huge sink and run, and his mid-80s slider has developed into a plus pitch he can throw for strikes or expand the zone with. His upper 80s changeup has also flashed plus when he has a feel for it. Santana generates so much movement on his pitches he struggles to locate them and he started nibbling as his struggles mounted in 2019. He regained his aggressiveness after a late move to the bullpen and posted a 1.72 ERA in relief, compared to 8.00 as a starter. THE FUTURE: Santana's probability of starting has declined, but he has the stuff to be an impact, late game reliever. He should return to the majors in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: White had Tommy John surgery after high school but bounced back to become Santa Clara's ace as a redshirt sophomore. The Dodgers drafted him 65th overall in 2016 and signed him for $588,300. White looked like a potential No. 2 starter after rising to Double-A in a dominant first season, but injuries and inconsistency halted his rise and continued through 2019 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. SCOUTING REPORT: At his best, White is “lights out” in the words of observers. His fastball sits 93-94 mph and gets up to 97, his plus curveball sets up hitters early in counts and his plus short slider finishes them for strikeouts. Too often, though, White sits in the low 90s and his curveball and slider are hit-or-miss, resulting in wildly inconsistent outings. Breakdowns in his mechanics affect his command and a long list of injuries, most recently two separate injured list stints for blisters, affect his reliability. His changeup is below-average and resulted in lefties batting .271/.350/.571 against him in 2019. THE FUTURE: White teases starter potential, but an increasing number of evaluators think his future is in the bullpen because of his health and consistency issues. He'll return to Triple-A in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Rios finished second in the nation in home runs in 2015 at Florida International and signed with the Dodgers for $222,500 as a sixth-round pick. After hitting for power and average at every level, he overcame a slow start to make his major league debut in 2019 and finished with 35 home runs between Triple-A and the majors. SCOUTING REPORT: Rios got into a rut early in 2019 when he began chasing balls out of the strike zone, but once he got back in the zone he returned to form as an average hitter with plus power. Rios' quick hands and natural timing allow him to hit all kinds of pitches and translate his massive power into games. He's a physical, lefthanded hitter capable of destroying baseballs, as he did with a 473-foot home run against the Padres on Sept. 26. He has a strong approach and keeps his strikeouts reasonable for a power hitter. Rios looks fine taking infield at third base but devolves to a fringe-average defender there in games. First base is the only position he inspires confidence. THE FUTURE: Rios' bat is good enough to start. With the Dodgers set with Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy on the corners, he likely needs a trade to get that opportunity.
TRACK RECORD: Peters grew up rooting for the Dodgers in Los Angeles suburb Glendora and realized his childhood dream of playing for his favorite team when the Dodgers drafted him in the fourth round in 2016. He won MVP of the high Class A California League his first full season and led the Double-A Texas League in home runs in 2018 before reaching Triple-A in 2019. SCOUTING REPORT: The 6-foot-6 Peters is a chiseled specimen whose strength and long limbs produce jaw-dropping raw power some scouts grade an “80.” He demolishes anything left out over the plate with a leveraged swing that produces power to all fields, but his long arms leave him vulnerable to velocity inside and create huge holes in his swing. He has a career 36 percent career strikeout rate despite solid strike-zone discipline because he swings and misses in the zone so much. Peters is extremely athletic for his size and is a capable defender in center field with average speed and long strides. His above-average arm fits in right field, and he is also experienced playing left field. THE FUTURE: Peters' power and ability to play all three outfield positions give him an avenue to the majors, but he won't be more than a reserve unless he gets his strikeouts under control. He'll open 2020 back at Triple-A Oklahoma City and has a chance to make his major league debut if he demonstrates the improvements needed.
TRACK RECORD: Santana spent three years in Rookie ball after signing with the Dodgers for $50,000, but he broke out in 2017 and finished tied for the high Class A California League lead in home runs (24) in 2018. He moved to Double-A Tulsa in 2019 and finished third in the Texas League in batting (.301). SCOUTING REPORT: Santana is an aggressive hitter who hunts fastballs and punishes them. His broad physique and quick bat produce plus power when he connects, and he has as much opposite-field power as pull power. Santana struggles to recognize breaking balls and goes fishing for them below the zone. He swings early to avoid getting into breaking ball counts and walked only 10 times in 102 games in 2019. Santana isn't overly rangy at third base, but he makes highlight-reel reaction plays and has a plus-plus arm. THE FUTURE: Santana's approach doesn't look great on paper, but it works for him and he keeps producing. He'll move to Triple-A in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Signed out of Cuba for $6 million in 2015. Estevez struggled for two years before overhauling his swing during the second half of 2018. He advanced to Double-A in 2019 and performed despite missing nearly two months with a hamstring strain. SCOUTING REPORT: Estevez began doing weighted ball drills in the second half of 2018 and turned into a different hitter. After previously pulling off the ball, he now makes frequent contact up the middle and drives the ball gap-to-gap for doubles. With increased success has come increased confidence, and Estevez now shows advanced feel and solid strike-zone discipline in the batter's box. Estevez lacks impact tools beyond his bat. He is a below-average runner with a thick lower half and limited twitch, making him a below-average shortstop and fringe-average second baseman. His arm strength is fringy and he's prone to sailing throws over the first baseman's head. THE FUTURE: Estevez has to hit to rise, but he keeps doing exactly that. He'll move to Triple-A in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: The Dodgers signed Uceta for just $10,000 as an 18-year-old out of the Dominican Republic, and he quickly emerged as a steal. He helped pitch Rookie-level Ogden to the Pioneer League championship in 2017 and high Class A Rancho Cucamonga to the California League championship in 2018. He split 2019 between high Class A and Double-A and finished second in the Dodgers' system in ERA (2.77) and strikeouts (141). SCOUTING REPORT: Uceta is a slight-bodied righthander with an advanced feel to pitch and keeps adding velocity. His fastball ranges from 90-94 mph and plays up with extension and riding life from his lower release height. He pairs his deceptive fastball with a plus mid-80s changeup that mirrors his fastball out of his hand before fading and dropping suddenly. His sweepy upper-70s breaking ball is highly effective against righties and gets nearly as many whiffs as his changeup. Uceta ties everything with average control and has improved at limiting his home runs allowed by staying out of the middle of the plate. THE FUTURE: Uceta's plus-plus makeup and work ethic lead the Dodgers to believe he'll keep adding weight and velocity. If he does, he has a chance to became a back-of-the-rotation starter.
TRACK RECORD: Mann impressed with his natural hitting ability at Louisville, and the Dodgers drafted him in the fifth round in 2018 believing they could unlock untapped power with a few swing adjustments. Mann made the requested changes and emerged as one of the high Class A California League's top power threats in his first full season, finishing sixth in slugging percentage (.496) and tied for seventh in home runs (19) despite missing a month with a right MCL sprain. SCOUTING REPORT: Mann looks the part of a major leaguer at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds with a strong core and long levers. Previously a contact hitter, he began using his legs more and added loft to his swing as part of the requested changes and now shows above-average power to all fields. Mann works counts, takes a short path to the ball and keeps his strikeouts reasonable for a power hitter, projecting as an average hitter overall. Mann has quickened his actions and improved his arm strength at second base, but he's still a touch stiff and is more natural at third base, where his range fits better. THE FUTURE: The Dodgers internally compare Mann to David Freese and see the bat of a potential starter. He'll head to Double-A Tulsa in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Amaya grew up in suburban Los Angeles and signed with his hometown Dodgers for an above-slot $247,500 bonus as an 11th-round pick in 2017. He played his first full season in 2019 and tied for fifth in on-base percentage (.381) in the low Class A Midwest League before finishing at high Class A. SCOUTING REPORT: Amaya possesses a promising foundation as a plus defensive shortstop who consistently gets on base. His chase rate is so low it's an outlier, and he rarely swings and misses. He has nearly as many walks (147) as strikeouts (180) in his pro career while being young for every level. Amaya's approach is the strength of his offensive game. He flashes pullside power but overall doesn't do much damage when he connects and projects mostly as a singles and doubles hitter. Amaya is a quick, polished athlete in the middle infield with range to both sides. He has a above-average arm strength and a good internal clock. THE FUTURE: Amaya's continued offensive growth will determine his ceiling. He'll open 2020 back at Rancho Cucamonga.
TRACK RECORD: McKinstry led Central Michigan with a .325 batting average as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2016. Most teams expected him to return to school, but the Dodgers grabbed him in the 33rd round and gave him $100,000 to sign. McKinstry hit just 11 home runs his first three seasons combined, but he overhauled his swing and hit 19 homers while advancing to Triple-A in 2019. SCOUTING REPORT: McKinstry has long worked counts, recognized pitches and made consistent contact to project as an average hitter. What changed is McKinstry's power. He added muscle, tweaked his grip and altered his bat path to generate more loft last season. The result was newfound pop evaluators expect to translate to 10-15 home runs in the majors. McKinstry is a versatile athlete capable of playing second base, shortstop and third base at least average. He is an above-average runner with a plus, accurate arm. THE FUTURE: The Dodgers added McKinstry to their 40-man roster after the season. He is set to debut as a utilityman in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Vargas was one Cuba's top young hitters and left the island with his father, Cuban baseball legend Lazaro Vargas, in 2015. The Dodgers signed him for $300,000 nearly two years later. Vargas played his first full season in 2019 and ranked second in the low Class A Midwest League in batting (.325) before receiving a promotion to high Class A Rancho Cucamonga, where he excelled as a 19-year-old. SCOUTING REPORT: Vargas takes an advanced approach and has supreme hand-eye coordination, allowing him to wait pitchers out and drive the ball he wants. He makes a conscious effort to drive the ball the other way with an inside-out swing. Vargas rarely pulls the ball in the air, but with his natural hitting gifts, he could become a plus hitter with 20 home run power once he starts turning on balls. Vargas is a slow mover at third base with limited lateral range and an average arm, so most believe his future is at first base. THE FUTURE: Vargas will go as far as his bat takes him. He may see Double-A in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Pages was one of top hitters in his age group in Cuba and signed with the Dodgers for $300,000 late in the 2017-18 international signing period. After struggling to hit in his debut season, Pages leaped forward in year two and finished second in the Rookie-level Pioneer League in home runs (19) and total bases (153). SCOUTING REPORT: Pages is a strong, athletic hitter with a wild streak that calls to mind Yasiel Puig. He has the strength, bat speed and feel for the barrel to generate a swing path built for future plus power, and he has the hand-eye coordination to keep his strikeouts reasonable and be at least an average hitter. Pages moves well for his size with average speed and has played center field, but he projects best in right field where he can show off his plus-plus cannon for an arm. Pages plays with flair and at times tries to do too much, leading to overswinging at the plate. His effort is inconsistent on defense and the basepaths. THE FUTURE: Pages' prodigious talent is widely apparent. His focus and maturity will be tested at low Class A Great Lakes in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Lewis teamed with third baseman Brett Baty to make Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) High a top destination for scouts in 2019. Baty became the 12th overall pick by the Mets while Lewis threw two one-hitters and a no-hitter in a dominant senior season. The Dodgers drafted him in the supplemental second round, No. 78 overall, and signed him for $1,097,500 to forgo a Louisiana State commitment. SCOUTING REPORT: Lewis is a prototypical big, Texas righthander. He stands an imposing 6-foot-6, 200 pounds and runs his two-seam fastball anywhere from 91-95 mph, with plenty of room to add velocity as he matures. Lewis' curveball is his signature offering. He shows advanced feel to manipulate the shape of the pitch and command it in the strike zone, earning consensus above-average to plus grades. Lewis' changeup is still developing but has flashed average, and he ties everything together with plus control. Lewis didn't pitch after signing because of shoulder issues, but his long-term prognosis is good. THE FUTURE: The Dodgers plan to move Lewis slowly. If everything clicks, he has mid-rotation potential.
TRACK RECORD: Jackson primarily played the outfield at Utah, but his raw arm strength intrigued scouts during 11 relief appearances as a sophomore. He missed his junior season after having Tommy John surgery, but the Dodgers still drafted him as a pitcher in the 12th round and signed him for $247,500. Jackson returned to health in 2019 and emerged as one of the system's biggest breakouts. He tied for second in the organization in strikeouts (141) and ranked fourth in ERA (3.06) while jumping to high Class A Rancho Cucamonga. SCOUTING REPORT: Jackson is extremely athletic with a quick arm and a natural feel for a delivery. He runs his fastball from 92-98 mph, sitting 94-96, and backs it up with an upper 80s cutter, mid-80s changeup and low 80s breaking ball. He is still learning what pitch to throw in which counts, and none of his secondaries show better than average. His control comes and goes and is below-average overall. THE FUTURE: Jackson is still understandably raw given his lack of experience. His future outlook should become clearer in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: De Jesus signed with the Dodgers for $500,000 in 2018 as a third baseman, but he became more athletic after he signed and moved to shortstop. The Dodgers pushed him from the Dominican Summer League to the Rookie-level Arizona League after only 13 games last year and he quickly became a favorite of rival scouts on Arizona's backfields. SCOUTING REPORT: De Jesus is an advanced hitter who drives the baseball with a simple swing and growing bat speed. He has an athletic, projectable body and the natural loft to his swing to project 20-plus home runs at maturity, and possibly more. De Jesus shows natural, easy actions and a plus arm at shortstop. He has a quick first step and moves well for his size, but most evaluators think his fringy speed and range will eventually push him back to third base. THE FUTURE: De Jesus is far away, but his bat and athleticism give him an everyday foundation.
TRACK RECORD: The Dodgers made Raley the first Division II player drafted in 2016 when they took him in the seventh round out of Lake Erie (Ohio.) They traded him to the Twins in the Brian Dozier deal in 2018, but reacquired him after the 2019 season in the trade that sent Kenta Maeda to Minnesota. Raley battled through injuries in 2019, missing most of the year with an ankle injury and suffering a shoulder injury after only four games in the Arizona Fall League.. SCOUTING REPORT: Raley has plus-plus raw power that he is beginning to better tap into in games. He hits from an open, upright stance with quiet hands. Raley is aggressive at the plate and needs to better control the strike zone, but he has solid bat-to-ball skills and a simple, repeatable swing that gives him a shot to be an average hitter. He has always put together good at-bats against lefties. He's a good athlete with average speed and plays above-average defense in the corner outfield spots and is playable in a pinch in center. He has an above-average arm. THE FUTURE: Raley was added to the 40-man roster during the offseason. As a lefthanded power hitter who can play first base and the corner outfield spots capably, he isn't far from an MLB role, although his bat will have to continue to improve for him to be a regular.
TRACK RECORD: The Dodgers purchased Carrillo for $75,000 from the Mexican League in 2016. He rapidly filled out to become one of the hardest-throwing pitchers in the Dodgers organization, but he struggled with his control and posted a 5.44 ERA at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga in 2019. SCOUTING REPORT: Carrillo added 25 pounds since signing and saw his two-seam fastball jump from 90-94 mph to 94-98 mph last year. His two-seamer has special potential with its velocity and nearly 16 inches of run, but he has yet to harness his newfound power. He walked 51 batters and hit 17 more in 86 innings in 2019 and has well below-average control, especially to his armside. Carrillo complements his two-seamer with a swing-and-miss low 90s cutter and a potentially average changeup, as well as a below-average curveball. Carrillo shows some feel for pitching, and the Dodgers think he will grow into an average strikethrower in time even with his current wildness. THE FUTURE: Carrillo is 21 and has time to harness his stuff. He will try to take a step forward in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Pepiot led the Big East Conference with 126 strikeouts as a junior, but he also had the conference's second-most hit batters (15) and third-most walks (44). The Dodgers bet on his stuff and made him the highest-drafted played in Butler history when they selected him in the third round, No. 102 overall, and signed him for $547,500. SCOUTING REPORT: Pepiot is a big-bodied righthander with dominant stuff on his best days. His fastball sits 93-94 mph with plus life and his changeup was among the best in the 2019 draft class. It sits 83-85 mph with late action and movement in the strike zone, grading easily plus and sometimes plus-plus. He shows feel for spinning a low 80s slider and mid-70s curveball that flash average at their best. Pepiot's problem is inconsistent fastball command and execution. He goes through stretches of horrid wildness and often spirals and is unable to get out of them. THE FUTURE: The Dodgers gave Pepiot a detailed plan to improve his fastball execution. How well he implements it will determine whether he reaches his starter ceiling.
TRACK RECORD: Ortiz was virtually unknown as an international amateur and didn't sign for nearly a year after becoming eligible. The Dodgers quietly signed him for $60,000. Ortiz impressed in two years in Rookie-ball and made his full season debut in 2019, where he overcame a slow start at low Class A Great Lakes to post a 3.26 ERA and .206 opponent average over his last 16 starts. SCOUTING REPORT: Ortiz possesses a smooth, easy delivery and growing stuff from the left side. His 91-94 mph fastball plays up with armside life, giving it the potential to be a dynamic pitch if he adds velocity as he matures. Ortiz pairs his fastball with advanced feel for a changeup that creates swings and misses and weak contact against righthanders, and his slider misses barrels against lefthanders. Ortiz shows a feel for mixing his pitches, and his ease of operation allows him average control. THE FUTURE: Ortiz has all the ingredients of a back-of-the-rotation starter. How well he matures and builds on his frame will determine if he gets there.
TRACK RECORD: Gonzalez failed to advance past low Class A in four seasons before Tommy John surgery wiped out his entire 2017 season and most of 2018. He returned a different pitcher post-surgery and vaulted three levels up to Triple-A in 2019. SCOUTING REPORT: Gonzalez got considerably stronger during Tommy John rehab and returned throwing significantly harder. He now boasts a power fastball from the left side that sits 94-96 mph and reaches 98 in relief, and it plays up further with a hint of deception that allows the ball to get on hitters quicker than they expect. Gonzalez's fastball is dominant against lefthanded hitters and plenty effective against righties. His average changeup is his best secondary pitch, and he can land his curveball for an early-count strike. His currently fringy slider is an area of focus. Gonzalez throws everything for strikes with average control and goes after hitters with a fastball-dominant attack. THE FUTURE: The Dodgers added Gonzalez to their 40-man roster after the season. His ability to get both lefties and righties out makes him a bullpen option in 2020.
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