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.

15 Comments

What about 1B Cody Bellinger … He was on the initial Top 20 list and after coming back from injury with Ogden has been mashing.

Bellinger is one of the Dodgers’ best position prospects, but I’d fit him more in the 26-30 range. His youth and lanky frame leave a lot of room for projection, but he’s also spending a second straight year in Rookie ball and has two homers in 266 pro at-bats.

I agree with that to a point … but Bellinger was one of the youngest players drafted in 2013 at 17. He just recently (7/13) turned 19 and according to Baseball Reference is considered to be in his age 18 season, where he is 2.5 years younger than the league average. While he is still in Rookie Ball, he has graduated from the AZL to the Pioneer League, so its not like he is repeating the same level.

Through 19 games he is hitting .357 .415 .500 .915 with 9 doubles. I will take a high average and doubles power, with future home run potential.

Plus as they say …. Power is the last tool to develop

To me, I just didn’t see that he had done anything to fall out of the Top 20, especially for Carlos Frias and Jesmuel Valentin, both whom I like, but not more than Bellinger.

Fair points on Bellinger, to be sure. I didn’t get any support for putting him on the Top 20 or 21-25 at this juncture, but at the same time I’d give him a 45 Overall grade based on his ceiling and how far away he is from it. With that grade, you could fit him as high as No. 11 on our Dodgers Top 20. That’s one of the fun things about prospect rankings — the wide variety of opinions can create an interesting discussion.

how about Chris Jacobs down at Rancho Cucamonga. He has good size and has put up good power numbers.

He’s more of an older guy (25) putting up numbers in a high Class A hitter’s paradise. He has power but no other tool to hang his hat on.

yes Rancho is a hitting paradise. I have been impressed with Jeremy Rathjen an outfielder. Came back from an injury and has been really hitting well. Seems to have a plus arm also.

Rathjen (24 years old) is another older guy, but he’s athletic and I always liked him when he was at Rice.

thanks for your insight Jim

Do the dodgers have any catchers down in the minors that look to be ready in the next two or three years. Ellis is very good with the glove, but needs to hit a little better

The Dodgers system is much stronger in pitchers than position players, and they’re thin at catcher. They have some hopes for Kyle Farmer, Charlie O’Brien and Tyler Ogle, but it would be a stretch to project any of them as big league regulars at this point.

Jim,

What about Julian Leon (18) at Ogden.

5’11” 215 – R/R – 01/24/96

.333. 420 .568 w/ 14 2B, 12 HR & 57 RBI

I know he is at least 3-4 years away, but he looks promising so far.

The Pioneer League is a hitter’s league, but those are still nice numbers for an 18-year-old. Think they signed him at the same time they signed Julio Urias.

Jim,

With the Dodgers trading two prospects at/prior to the July 31st deadline who were in the Top 20 (Jesmuel Valentin & Victor Arano) and prospects Magill (21 to 19) and Harris (22 to 20) moving into the top 20, what two prospects would now move into the Top 25 (1B Cody Bellinger, CA Julian Leon, RH Jharel Cotton, RH Jose DeLeon, etc …)?

19. RH Matt Magill
20. RH Greg Harris
21. LH Jarret Martin
22. RH Victor Araujo
23. RH Jacob Rhame
24. ???
25. ???

I don’t keep a running list past 25, but Ross Stripling would be on there. Hated taking him off because he would miss the whole year after Tommy John surgery, so I’d put him back on. The other addition? Either Leon or DeLeon, probably the latter because he’s a little closer after blowing away low Class A hitters in August.

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