|Original Published Date: April 16, 2014|
|Updated: June 9, 2014|
The Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the best team in the National League and still have depth in the upper minors to help if injuries become an issue. Money won’t buy happiness but it sure does help to provide depth throughout an organization.
1. Next in Line Infield Prospects
- Alex Guerrero (2B, Triple-A) – Fantasy relevance: Medium
- Carlos Triunfel (SS, Triple-A) – Fantasy relevance: Low
Notes: The Dodgers signed Alex Guerrero to a 4-year, $28 million dollar major league deal in the off-season and fully expected him to break camp as their second baseman. However, Guerrero showed a lot of rust and needed work on his footwork around the keystone. Plus, a bulked up Dee Gordon flatly beat him out for the job. With Gordon playing well and Guerrero getting over a leg injury, the Dodgers can have him spend more time in Triple-A working on his defense. Once he’s promoted and assuming he gets full-time at-bats, he could provide 15-20 home run power and a .240-.260 batting average. Carlos Triunfel also provides depth at shortstop and while he was once considered a top prospect, he now profiles as a utility player.
2. Next in Line Outfield Prospects
- Joc Pederson (OF, Triple-A) – Fantasy relevance: High
- Trayvon Robinson (OF, Triple-A) – Fantasy relevance: Low
Notes: In most organization, Joc Pederson would already be playing in the major leagues or at a minimum be on the “Gregory Polanco” watch. The problem is the Dodgers just don’t have room on their roster for him. However, if injuries force the issues, he could provide significant fantasy value as there is terrific power/speed combo in his game. Will the Dodgers use him as trade bait? Possibly, but he’s more likely to stay with the organization and see full-time at-bats in 2015. How…well, that’s a story for another day.
3. Next in Line Pitching Prospects
- Zach Lee (RHP, Triple-A) – Fantasy relevance: Medium
- Stephen Fife (RHP, Triple-A) – Fantasy relevance: Low
- Matt McGill (RHP, Triple-A) – Fantasy relevance: Low
Notes: The luster has come off of Zach Lee a bit from when the Dodgers paid him over a $5 million dollar signing bonus in 2010. The arsenal consist of a 90-92 MPH fastball with average secondary pitches that play up because he can throw them for strikes. He’s nearly ready and once promoted should be owned in most deeper fantasy leagues. He should provide decent strikeouts (7 K’s per nine) while providing better than average win oportunities.
4. Next in Line Relief Prospects
- Paco Rodriguez (RHP, Triple-A) – Fantasy relevance: Low