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Top 30 Los Angeles Dodgers Prospects To Target In Dynasty Leagues

One of the major powerhouses in the National League West has been the Los Angeles Dodgers. This is an organization that has invested a ton of time and resources to provide their prospects with the best analytics department that contributes to them being one of the game’s best player development teams. We will dive into the top 10 Dodgers prospects in detail but please also look into the top 30 as there are so many names that could not fit into the top 30 that deserve a look in deeper dynasty formats.

*Note I did not include Yoshinobu Yamamoto in the Dodgers prospects or the top 10 breakdown. Yamamoto has been pitching professionally albeit in Japan since 2017 at age 18. I view him as a signing and not as a prospect for this purpose. If he were on the list he would be the number one in the organization.

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Top 10 Dodgers Prospects

If you enjoy this look at the Top 30 Dodgers prospects please also check out all of our Organizational Top 30 Prospect Rankings series.

Josue De Paula, OF

(74 GP, .284/.396/.372, 2 HR, 55 R, 40 RBI, 14 SB)

2023 was a solid season for Dodgers rising prospect Josue De Paula who played the entire season in Low-A Rancho Cucamonga. De Paula slashed .284/.396/.372 with two home runs, 55 runs scored, 40 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases in 74 games with the Quakes. The plate discipline continued to impress as Josue De Paula walked 13.5% while striking out just 17.9% in 340 plate appearances.

For dynasty purposes, De Paula is going into his age-19 season with the Dodgers and is filling into his 6’3” frame so I expect we will start to see the plus power start to take shape in 2024. The advanced plate approach and bat-to-ball skills paired with De Paula’s early speed on the base paths make him an interesting prospect going forward.

Andy Pages, OF

(34 GP, .277/.425/.482, 3 HR, 23 R, 25 RBI, 7 SB)

The 2023 season started well for Andy Pages with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, slashing .284/.430/.495 with three home runs, 25 RBIs, and seven stolen bases in 33 games played. Pages was then promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City where he played just one game before going down with a shoulder injury that ended up ending his season and resulted in torn labrum surgery.

For dynasty managers Pages still has plus power upside once he is fully recovered from his torn labrum. I suspect he will start the season in Triple-A Oklahoma City if he is healthy. Pages has displayed excellent plate discipline in his previous seasons and in 2023 he walked 17.6% while striking out just 22.5% of the time. I expect this to continue as he makes his final push to the majors in 2024.

Dalton Rushing, C

(89 GP, .228/.404/.452, 15 HR, 55 R, 53 RBI, 1 SB)

Drafted in the second round of the 2022 MLB draft out of Louisville, Dalton Rushing was coming off a strong debut. In 28 games played at Low-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2022, Rushing slashed .424/.539/.778 with eight home runs, 30 RBIs, and one stolen base with a 16.4% walk percentage and a 16.4% strikeout rate.

Last season the Dodgers started Rushing out in High-A Great Lakes where the 22-year-old slashed .228/.404/.452 with 15 home runs, 53 RBIs, and one stolen base in 89 games. Despite the struggles with the batting average Rushing still put up an 18.9% walk percentage while the strikeout rate climbed to still a manageable 24.4%.

For dynasty purposes, Dalton Rushing might have struggled with the average in 2023 but there is still an above-average hit tool here and I expect that to come through in the coming season. The Dodgers had Rushings playing some at first base last season as well making him multi-position eligible at least for a time. Rushings will need to get to more power to be a viable first base option for dynasty managers but 20-plus home run power from the catcher’s position is a different story.

Diego Cartaya, C

(93 GP, .189/.278/.379, 19 HR, 51 R, 57 RBI)

The fall from grace with Diego Cartaya was swift this past season. Cartaya played the entire season in Double-A Tulsa where he hit just .189/.278/.379 with 19 home runs and 57 RBIs in 93 games. Even through the struggles at the plate, Cartaya put up a 9.2% walk percentage, about 5% less than the year prior but the strikeout rate jumped to 29% in 2023.

The number glaring off Diego Cartaya’s player page is the .216 BABIP over .100 points less than every season dating back to 2019. From the ground ball rate to line drive rate, and flyball rate everything is in line with his career norms. I believe this was just an unlucky season for Diego Cartaya and could provide a solid opportunity to buy low on what was a top-50 prospect at the beginning of the 2023 season.

Nick Frasso, RHP

(25 GS, 93 IP, 107 K, 10.4 K/9, 1.269 WHIP, 3.77 ERA)

The 2023 season was Nick Frasso’s largest workload season as a professional. Across 25 starts in Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City Frasso struck out 107 batters in 93 innings with 3.77 ERA. The strong strikeout numbers came while in Tulsa as Frasso had an 11.48 K/9 and had a .239 average against in 21 starts. The dominance seemed to slow down in Frasso’s four starts to finish the season in Triple-A. The 24-year-old had a 6.05 K/9 across 19.1 innings pitched and the average against rose to an .257.

Although Nick Frasso has been used solely as a starter to this point I cannot help but see a reliever in his profile. Frasso gets swing-and-miss from his fastball and change-up but the slider can get out of wack at times with the violent delivery being more of a “max effort” and not a smooth motion to the plate screams reliever to me. Regardless with the double-digit K/9s Frasso could be the interesting high-leverage reliever the Dodgers are looking to lock down the back end of the bullpen in 2024 and beyond.

Michael Busch, 2B [Editor’s Note: Busch has been traded to the Chicago Cubs]

(98 GP, .323/.431/.618, 27 HR, 85 R, 90 RBI, 4 SB)

The Dodgers called up Michael Busch to the majors in 2023 but before the promotion Busch played in Triple-A OKC. In 98 games played Busch slashed .323/.431/.618 with 27 home runs, 90 RBIs, and four stolen bases with a stellar 13.9% walk percentage and had just a 18.8% strikeout rate. With numbers like this the Dodgers could not leave him down in the minors but in 27 games played Michael Busch hit just .167/.247/.292 with two home runs, seven RBIs, and one stolen base in extremely sporadic playing time.

First off for dynasty managers and the Dodgers alike free Michael Busch.. Please. So far this off-season the Dodgers have made several signing and trades where it could be possible for Michael Busch now 26 years old could get an opportunity to play every day. Alas, he has not been traded as of writing this article. For dynasty purposes with everyday playing time, Busch could be a 25-30 home runs bat at second base with a solid average and OBP he just needs the opportunity.

Gavin Stone, RHP

(21 GP, 19 GS, 100.2 IP, 120 K, 10.7 K/9, 1.311 WHIP, 4.74 ERA- OKC)

Making his major league debut in 2023 Gavin Stone was not exactly excited with his opportunity with the Dodgers big league club. Across eight appearances (four starts) Gavin Stone struck out 22 batters in 31 innings pitched (6.39 K/9) with a .336 average against and finished with a 9.00 ERA. While at Triple-A Oklahoma City however Gavin Stone struck out 120 batters in 100.2 innings pitched (10.73 K/9) with a .224 average against and finished the season with a 4.74 ERA. Gavin Stone features a fastball, slider, and change-up with the latter being a double plus pitch.

For dynasty purposes, this was a rough season for those who had Gavin Stone and expected him to come up and lock down a rotational spot with the Dodgers. I believe he could bounce back and have a better season in 2024 as the strikeouts were down and the walks were up for Gavin Stone. Not to mention he was giving up more hits than any other season. I still see a starts profile here with Stone but with the Dodgers spending big with Ohtani, Yamamoto, and trading/extending Glasnow the opportunities to lock down a rotation spot just got harder.

River Ryan, RHP

(26 GP, 24 GS, 104.1 IP, 110 K, 9.5 K/9, 1.304 WHIP, 3.80 ERA)

What has appeared to be a shooting star through the Dodgers organization River Ryan played at Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City last season. While pitching for the Drillers Ryan struck out 98 batters in 97.1 innings (9.06 K/9) with an .217 average against and had a 3.33 ERA in 24 appearances (22 starts). To finish out the season the Dodgers promoted River Ryan to Triple-A OKC where he struck out 12 batters in seven innings pitched and finished with a 10.29 ERA across two starts.

River Ryan features an above-average fastball and cutter that he uses to over-power batters on his rise through the minor leagues. There is a curveball and change-up but they lack behind the fastball and cutter in effectiveness and command. It’s hard to say what River Ryan is long-term in the Dodgers organization with the new additions to the major league club this off-season I would lean bullpen but I would not rule out the possibility of him being a part of a trade. If he could get an opportunity I could see River Ryan being a solid SP 3 or SP 4 long-term with a club like the White Sox or a club in a rebuild situation.

Elias Medina, 3B/SS

(44 GP, .313/.381/.553, 7 HR, 42 R, 40 RBI, 16 SB)

If you are looking for high-upside prospects to target in your dynasty leagues check out Elias Medina. The 17-year-old Medina played 44 games in the Dominican Summer League in 2024 slashing .313/.381/.553 with seven home runs, 42 runs scored, 40 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases. Medina drew walks 9.1% of the time while striking out just 21% across 176 plate appearances. There is power to all fields as Medina had 19 of his 47 total hits go for extra bases and still room to add muscle to the 5’10” frame.

For dynasty league, this is a solid target to bolster your farm system with a high-upside power bat in the lower minor leagues. With the strong performance, the Dodgers should start Elias Medina in Low-A in 2024.

Jose Ramos, OF

(113 GP, .240/.333/.409, 19 HR, 55 R, 68 RBI, 7 SB)

There is some solid power in the Dodgers organization and Jose Ramos is starting to solidify himself as an above-average power bat long-term. Jose Ramos played the entire season in Double-A Tulsa where he slashed .240/.333/.409 with 19 home runs, 68 RBIs, and seven stolen bases in 113 games played. Strikeouts have been one of the downsides to Jose Ramos and he finished the season with a 28.9% strikeout percentage but managed to raise his walk percentage to 11.1% over 485 plate appearances.

With Jose Ramos, you are getting a bat that could be a fourth outfielder at the major league level and help contribute in deeper dynasty leagues. The higher strikeout risk of Jose Ramos tempers my expectations a bit if he gets to the major leagues. Long term this could be a 15-20 home run bat if he is given the opportunity to play somewhat regularly. Like the pitchers above him, Jose Ramos could potentially thrive better with a change of organization. By the way, watch the batting stance at the plate just wild bat waggle.

Los Angeles Dodgers Top 30 Prospect Rankings

RnkPlayerPosAgeETAOverall Rnk
1Josue De PaulaOF18202661
2Andy PagesOF23202452
3Dalton RushingC23202558
4Diego CartayaC22202472
5Nick FrassoRHP25202479
6Michael Busch2B26Debuted85
7Gavin StoneRHP25Debuted119
8River RyanRHP252024276
9Elias Medina3B/SS182027157
10Jose RamosOF232025127
11Jake Gelof3B222026187
12Kyle HurtRHP25Debuted542
13Trey SweeneySS232024200
14Landon KnackRHP262024218
15Payton MartinRHP192026NR
16Joendry VargasSS182027264
17Chris NewellOF2220251224
18Kendall GeorgeOF192027337
19Ronan KoppLHP212024248
20Maddux BrunsLHP212025220
21Justin WrobleskiLHP232025788
22Hyun-Seok JangRHP192026NR
23Jesus TilleroRHP172027NR
24Rayne DonconSS/2B202025202
25Yeiner FernandezC/2B202025944
26Samuel MunozOF192026309
27Thayron LiranzoC202026NR
28Alex FreelandSS222025619
29Oswaldo OsorioSS182028744
30Jesus GalizC202027994

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