MLB Pipeline has released their 2022 midseason prospect rankings, and the Dodgers have made a big leap to number two overall. The Dodgers trail only the Orioles in the rankings, but as you might have heard, the two teams took significantly different routes to get there.
Los Angeles was ranked fifth heading into the season, 16th at midseason 2021, and 14th heading into 2021. Their jump of 15 spots since a year ago is due almost entirely to player development, as seven Dodgers prospects in the top 100 were already in the system last year and have simply progressed to their current levels.
Catcher Diego Cartaya comes in as the ninth overall prospect, whereas in 2021 he was 28th. Cartaya has posted a .951 OPS across two minor-league levels this season despite being a couple years younger than most of the guys he’s playing against.
Bobby Miller is 27th on this year’s list after sitting at 78th last year. The right-handed pitcher was recently promoted to Triple-A and started the Futures Game for the National League this season.
Miguel Vargas, the number 44 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was not in the top 100 last year. Vargas has an OPS of .883 at Triple-A Oklahoma City this year at age 22 and made his big league debut earlier this month.
Second-baseman Michael Busch is 45th on this year’s list, up from 75th last year. The lefty hitter has an OPS of .888 with 27 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A.
Andy Pages jumps 31 spots to number 69 on this year’s list. The 21-year-old outfielder has an OPS of .812 in Double-A this year, with 22 home runs and 22 doubles.
Ryan Pepiot is the only Dodger to drop from last year, going from 60 to 77. Pepiot has been outstanding in the minors this year, with a 2.27 ERA in 75.1 innings at Triple-A, but has struggled with his command at the big-league level.
Gavin Stone was on no one’s radar last year, and now he’s the 81st-best prospect in baseball. The right-handed fireballer has jumped multiple levels this season, posting a combined 1.85 ERA between High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A.
Add it all up, and the Dodgers have the second-best farm system in baseball to go along with the best major-league team. The Dodgers’ competitive window will probably close at some point; the question is whether any of us will live long enough to see it.
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