Grading Dodgers prospect performances this year

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The top names in the Los Angeles Dodgers system had a generally successful season in 2022.

1. C Diego Cartaya, 21: A-

Diego Cartaya had sky high expectations coming into the season. He was already rated as the top prospect in the Dodgers system at age 20. He lived up to the hype with a campaign that featured his first High-A promotion and a bump to the number eight spot on the overall top 100 MLB prospects list. Cartaya homered 22 times in 95 games, flashing power to all fields in addition to impressive plate discipline. He worked through some periodic issues defensively and still projects as a solid receiver as his career goes on. Cartaya’s selection to the All-Star Futures Game in Los Angeles was just the first step in a career that could feature many impressive future accolades.

2. RHP Bobby Miller, 23: B-

Bobby Miller’s season fluctuated between big spikes and some ugly dips. Impressively, he had four different starts where his strikeout total reached double digits. He also, however, had four starts where he had to be removed before completing the third inning. These peaks and valleys culminated to a 4.25 ERA, which is solid considering his final four games came in the hitter-friendly Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Miller has some of the best talent and stuff in the minor leagues, and showed flashes this year of potential ace status in the future for the Dodgers.

3. IF/OF Miguel Vargas, 22: A

Miguel Vargas is the only prospect in the Dodgers’ top five that made his Major League debut during the 2022 season. This was a result of his impressive performance in Triple-A through the heart of the year. At the young age of 22, Vargas was named Baseball America’s Triple-A Player of the Year after slashing .304/.404/.511 in 113 games. He played the final month and a half of the season on the major league roster, including the NLDS that brought the Dodgers season to an end. Vargas did nothing but hit this season and he established himself as a key piece in the Dodgers lineup going forward.

4. 2B Michael Busch, 24: B+

The oldest name in the Dodgers’ top five prospects, 2022 was an important season for Michael Busch. He showed out, earning his first Triple-A promotion and homering 32 times by the end of the year. He set career highs in many categories, including 108 RBI which led the entire Dodgers organization. Busch is an almost sure bet to make his major league debut in 2023, especially with the uncertainty about the futures of stars Trea Turner and Cody Bellinger looming this offseason.

5. OF Andy Pages, 21: C+

Andy Pages played the whole 2022 season in Double-A after winning High-A Central League MVP in 2021. His numbers took a slight step back, hitting 26 homers this year compared to 31 the year before, but that regression should be taken with a gain of salt since Pages is relatively young for Double-A. He totaled 58 extra base hits, which is still above average. Pages is now getting extra reps in the Arizona Fall League, where he has homered three times in his first 11 games.

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