One of the great things about spring training is getting a look at a lot of the young prospects. Many of them are slated to begin the season in the minor leagues. We’ve gotten an extended look at quite a few of the burgeoning young prospects. These young kids are a delight to watch and it’s easy to see their talent ready to explode. The rookies are the future of the Dodgers.
Guys like Keibert Ruiz, Will Smith, Yaisel Sierra, Edwin Rios, Dennis Santana, DJ Peters, Jake Peter and other prospects have been given a chance to showcase their abilities. They’re definitely knocking on the door. I love evaluating and watching prospects as much as the next guy. However it’s important to remember that if any of those guys are playing for the big club this year outside of a September call-up then something has gone horribly wrong.
Most of those kids are the depth that everyone loves to talk about. Some of them are still developing and a couple of them might be ready to see MLB action sooner than we think. But let’s not get too excited yet. Let’s pump the brakes, because as I mentioned above if any of these guys (outside of Walker Buehler, or Alex Verdugo) are on the major league roster this year than that probably means somebody has gotten hurt, or landed on the disabled list. That’s never a good thing.
DJ Peters and Jake Peter both look like intriguing and athletic players. Neither of them are making the club right now. Peters is an outfielder and the Dodgers have a slew of outfielders ahead of him on the depth chart. He’ll probably start the season in single-A or double-A ball. Peter is an infielder, primarily a second baseman. Obviously there’s nowhere for him to play right now since Logan Forsythe is not going anywhere. Maybe a spot opens up next year if Forsythe leaves.
Edwin Rios is a power hitting third baseman. But Justin Turner is going to be there for a long time. He’s so young too, only 23-years old. Perhaps he’ll see some at-bats in September when rosters expand as well. Keibert Ruiz is one of the top rated catching prospects in baseball, but perhaps he’s not ready for big league action just yet. After all he’s only 19-years old and has yet to play above Rancho. There’s also Austin Barnes, Yasmani Grandal, and Kyle Farmer already well ahead of him.
It’s the same with a lot of the young hurlers too. You get the message here. The minor leagues are your depth and it’s great to know that these kids are there in case of an emergency. One day these kids will be the guys playing at Chavez Ravine. Or maybe some of them will get traded. Either way we’re all glad they are here and look forward to seeing more. But not this year, and not right now. That’s why we should probably temper our expectations just a little until the time is right for the kids to blossom. Just a reminder.