Dodgers prospects have successful Arizona Fall League

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The top Dodgers names in Arizona performed well.

The Arizona Fall League has ended, signaling that the offseason is here in full. The Dodgers sent seven prospects to compete, including top names Andy Pages and Jose Ramos. Those two, along with pitcher Emmet Sheehan, had the best performances of Los Angeles players.

OF Andy Pages

Pages played his way to the Fall Stars Game and Home Run Derby in Arizona. Many statistics improved for Pages compared to his regular season totals in Double-A. Across 22 games, he slashed .296/.398/.506 with five home runs. He also improved in peripheral numbers, with his strikeout rate sitting at just 12.2% compared to 24.5% in the regular year. This extra experience may have been just what was needed for Pages to take the next step in his development. It could even be enough to get Pages on the Triple-A Opening Day roster next year, but another bit of time in Double-A seems most likely.

OF Jose Ramos

Ramos entered the Fall League a bit below the average level of play since he has not reached Double-A yet. However, after starting off a bit cold, Ramos got red hot near the end. Over the final week, he went 5-11 at the plate with a triple, two homers and five RBI. This run boosted his final stats to .275/.326/.463 with three homers in 20 games. Having had an extended season this year, Ramos might make the jump to Double-A to start 2023. He was left unprotected from the Rule 5 draft, so he’ll have to make it through that first to remain in the Dodgers organization.

RHP Emmet Sheehan

Big stuff and impressive numbers made Emmet Sheehan noticeable through his first full pro season in 2022. He pitched well enough to earn a promotion to Double-A before he turned 23. Similar to Ramos, Sheehan took a bit to get going but then made two of the best starts in the entire Fall League to close out the year. Between the two outings, he threw 10 scoreless innings, allowed just five baserunners, and struck out 14. His total numbers finished at 3-1 with a 3.54 ERA in 20 1/3 innings.

IF Jorbit Vivas

Vivas only ended up playing in seven Fall League games after he was removed with an apparent injury on October 17 and never appeared again. Nevertheless, he made the most of the week that he got, slashing .333/.471/.407 with two doubles and seven RBI. Since 2022 was Vivas’ second season in High-A, he is expected to begin 2023 in Double-A for his age 22 season.

RHP Hyun-il Choi

Injuries derailed Choi’s regular season after he won Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2021. He only threw four innings total in 2022 before he was sent to Arizona for the fall to try and salvage some development. He wound up pitching in nine games out of the bullpen, covering 13 1/3 innings with a 5.40 ERA. He’ll go into his 23 year-old season next year and will begin in either High-A or Double-A.

LHP Ben Harris

Harris struck out hitters at an absurd rate in his first full season. Between Single-A and High-A in 2022, he set down 107 batters on strikes in just 55 2/3 innings. However, he struggled in the Fall League, only striking out 10 batters in 11 1/3 innings and posting a 6.35 ERA. Harris still has good potential to be a left-handed bullpen arm eventually for the Dodgers, and he’ll most likely start 2023 in High-A.

RHP Tanner Dodson

After being acquired for Luke Raley back in spring training, Dodson had a rough first year with the Dodgers. In 29 Double-A relief appearances, he posted an 8.39 ERA and struck out less than a batter per inning. He is also 25, which placed him half a year above the average age in the Texas League. Nothing about the regular season sounds good for Dodson, and the Fall League didn’t go great either. He had a 6.57 ERA, and was the losing pitcher in the Fall League championship game. Dodson can touch triple digits on his fastball, but his stuff has yet to translate to results in games.

Overall, this Fall League was a showcase of the talented depth in the Dodgers system. None of Pages, Ramos or Sheehan are top four prospects in the organization, yet all three performed among the best names in Arizona. The Los Angeles farm is one of the best in baseball, and its prospects continue to impress the rest of the league with their development.

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