Bonus Dodgers Prospects: Nos. 21-25
Even with elite position prospects Corey Seager and Joc Pederson, the Dodgers system is much deeper in arms than in bats. Thirteen of the players on MLBPipeline.com’s Los Angeles Top 20 Prospects list are pitchers, including six of the first eight.
I’m providing five bonus prospects for each of the 10 organizations I covered when we revamped all of the Top 20s on our Prospect Watch, and our Dodgers extras are all pitchers too. So is Ross Stripling, whom it pained me to leave off as he spends this season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
21. Matt Magill, rhp. He completed the climb from 31st-round pick in 2008 to Major Leaguer in 2013, when he made six starts with the Dodgers. Magill has a 91-94 mph fastball and a mid-80s slider, but he’s struggling to throw strikes in Triple-A this year and probably will be a reliever when he returns to Los Angeles.
22. Greg Harris, rhp. Since signing for $175,000 as a 17th-rounder in 2013, the son of the former big league switch-pitcher has emerged as one of the system’s best sleeper arms. Harris can touch 95 mph with his fastball and shows precocious feel for his curveball and changeup.
23. Jarrett Martin, lhp. Another late-rounder, he was an 18th-round pick by the Orioles in 2009 and came to the Dodgers in a 2011 trade for Dana Eveland. Martin has more arm strength than most southpaws, which translates into a 92-96 mph fastball and an 83-86 mph slider, though he’ll need to throw more strikes.
24. Victor Araujo, rhp. Finally ready for low Class A in his fifth pro season, he’s putting up big numbers at Great Lakes, including a 1.41 ERA, a 64/11 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings and a .159 opponent average. Araujo works primarily with a 90-92 mph fastball and an 82-84 mph slider.
25. Jacob Rhame, rhp. Like Araujo, he’s using his fastball and slider to put together a nifty season as a reliever at Great Lakes. Rhame, who has topped out at 97 mph, sports a 2.28 ERA, a 70/14 K/BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings and a .201 opponent average.
Newcomer To Watch: John Richy, rhp. The No. 2 starter behind Nationals first-rounder Erick Fedde at Nevada-Las Vegas, he went in the third round in June. Richy throws three averagish pitches for strikes: an 89-93 mph fastball, a curveball and a changeup.