Earlier this week, Bear said that he prefers Rushing to Cartaya as Cartaya at this point has regressed a lot. Badger responded with: I’ve heard others say that about Cartaya but he’s still our top prospect, is younger than Rushing and playing in a league higher than Rushing. And look at the simulator values – 54 to 21.
Diego Cartaya is still younger than Rushing, and is playing in a League above Rushing, but according to Baseball America, he is not only the NOT the Dodgers top prospect, he is no longer the Dodgers top catching prospect. Cartaya has slipped from #18 in BA’s top 100 to #74. His updated tools and comment:
Tools: Hit: 40 | Power: 60 | Run: 30 | Field: 45 | Arm: 60
Skinny: Cartaya’s swing continues to get longer every year and has led to progressively worse offensive performance. His defense has improved, but he has to reverse his offensive decline to fulfill his everyday potential.
MLB Pipeline should be coming out with their updated Top 100 post-draft. We will see if MLB Pipeline agrees with BA.
Dalton Rushing has rocketed to #38 on BA’s current Top 100.
Tools: Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Run: 45 | Field: 40 | Arm: 55
Skinny: An electric hitter with all-world bat speed, Rushing is one of the top hitting catchers in the minor leagues with enough hitting ability and power to profile at other positions should he not stick at catcher. Rushing pairs average bat-to-ball skills with plus on-base ability and power.
While he is a fast riser, Rushing is not the fastest riser on the BA list.
The fastest riser in BA’s Top 100 is RHP Emmet Sheehan. Sheehan is now the #25 prospect overall.
Tools: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50
Skinny: Sheehan emerged from a stacked Tulsa rotation to vault into the middle of Los Angeles’ starting five. He’s shown flashes in the big leagues and should settle in thanks to an outstanding fastball and an array of quality offspeed offerings.
Here is what BA said when commenting on the fastest risers:
The Dodgers churn out interesting pitching prospects annually and Sheehan rocketed onto and up the Top 100 this season. After a strong showing in the 2022 regular season and the Arizona Fall League, Sheehan dominated early with Double-A Tulsa. He earned a promotion to the major leagues by mid-June, skipping Triple-A entirely. After four starts with the Dodgers Sheehan looks locked into a rotation spot as the organization deals with a rash of injuries to its rotation. Sheehan’s unique low release height and flat vertical approach angle allow his mid-90s fastball to play as an above-average major league pitch. His slider and changeup have played as average pitches, giving Sheehan a trio of offerings to find equal success against righthanded and lefthanded hitters. Sheehan looks the part of a ready-made mid-rotation starter.
The Dodgers have three other prospects on the BA Top 100.
#10 – Bobby Miller – RHP – Pre Season #21
Tools: Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 70 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 50
Skinny: After reaching the big leagues, Miller has shown why he has long been considered one of the best pitching prospects in the game. He has explosive stuff from a workhorse’s frame and has used that combination to mostly overwhelm major league hitters.
#76 – Gavin Stone – RHP – Pre Season #56
Tools: Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 45 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 70 | Control: 60
Skinny: Stone’s fastball has taken a step back and his slider has not progressed after his breakout 2022 campaign. He’s working to rediscover his previous form at Triple-A.
#81 – Michael Busch – 2B – Pre Season #54
Tools: Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Run: 45 | Field: 40 | Arm: 40
Skinny: Busch continues to hit for average and power at Triple-A and faces little doubt about his bat. He’s a below-average defender who needs to find a position and is blocked in Los Angeles.
Ryan Pepiot has dropped out of BA’s Top 100.
07-16-2023 – MiLB Game Summary Report
OKC Dodgers 6 – Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco) 4
OKC sweeps Sacramento in the 3-game series in Sacramento.
- Matt Andriese – 5.0 IP, 2 runs, 5 hits, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR (2 run HR in the 4th)
- Justin Hagenman – 2.0 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 BB, 3 K
- Gus Varland – 1.0 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 BB, 0 K (S, 1)
- Drew Avans – 2-5, 2 runs
- Miguel Vargas – 1-1, 4 BB
- Ryan Ward – 2-5, 3 RBI, double (19)
- Devin Mann – 1-4, HR (14)
- David Dahl – 1-4, 1 RBI, double (10)
Midland RockHounds (A’s) 6 – Tulsa Drillers 3
- River Ryan – 5.0 IP, 3 runs, 5 hits, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
- Yusniel Diaz 2-4
- Doubles – José Ramos (12) and Austin Gauthier (7)
- HR – Imanol Vargas (12) and Kody Hoese (5)
Fort Wayne Tin Caps (San Diego) 10 – Great Lakes Loons 9
After 5 ½ innings, Fort Wayne was up 10-1. Great Lakes made a great comeback that just fell short. Down 10-9 and the bases loaded in the 9th, Great Lakes could not get that last hit.
- Taylor Young – 2-5, 1 BB
- Dalton Rushing – 1-4, 2 BB, 1 run, 1 RBI
- Damon Keith – 2-4, 2 BB, 1 run, 1 RBI, double (15)
- Luis Yanel Diaz – 2-5, 1 BB, 2 runs, 3 RBI, double (13), HR (6)
- Griffin Lockwood-Powell – 1-3, 2 BB, 2 runs, 1 RBI, HR (8)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 11 – Modesto Nuts (Seattle) 10
Like with Great Lakes, RC found itself down 10-2 after 5 ½ innings. However, unlike Great Lakes, RC came all the way back and came back to walk off a win with 4 in the 9th.
With one out in the 9th, RC walked twice and singled 5 times. The last single was from Dayton Dooney who plated Luis Rodriguez with a walk off.
- Madison Jeffrey – 1.2 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 BB, 1 K
- Jonathan Edwards – 1.0 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 BB, 1 K
- Liam Doolan – 1.0 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 BB, 1 K
- Josue De Paula – 1-3, 2 BB, 3 runs
- Thayron Liranzo – 2-4, 1 BB, 3 runs
- Rayne Doncon – 2-3, 2 BB, 3 runs, 2 RBI, double (17)
- Luis Rodriguez – 3-5, 1 run, 3 RBI, double (5)
- Kenneth Betancourt – 2-4, 1 run, 1 RBI
- Jorge Puerta – 4-5, 1 RBI, double (13)
- Dayton Dooney – 2-5, 2 RBI