Dodgers aim to continue Minor League success in '24

April 4th, 2024

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are on a mission to win a World Series title at the Major League level. That will always be the main priority of the organization. But down on the farm, the Dodgers have also been able to put together some really good teams.

Last season, Triple-A Oklahoma City won its first Pacific Coast League title since becoming a Minor League affiliate of the Dodgers. In the championship round, they swept the Round Rock Express, the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate.

High-A Great Lakes also had great success last season, finishing atop the Midwest League East division with a 76-55 record. The club fell short of winning a championship, however, losing the winner-take-all game against the Twins’ Minor League affiliate. The same applied to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, which also won its division with a 71-61 record but fell in the championship series.

En route to a decade of regular-season dominance, the Dodgers have prioritized success in the Minors. They know that’s the best way to maintain success, whether it’s by calling up homegrown talent such as Walker Buehler and Will Smith, or using some top prospects to acquire Major League stars.

This year will be no different for the Dodgers, who have a really solid farm system.

Triple-A: Oklahoma City Baseball Club

Player to Watch: OF
Pitcher to Watch: RHP Landon Knack
Other Top 30 prospects on the roster: RHP Kyle Hurt, SS Trey Sweeney

Pages, the Dodgers’ No. 3 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was the most impressive young player in camp this spring. Despite missing most of the 2023 season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, Pages came into Spring Training in great shape and impressed just about everyone in the organization. He’s getting really close to being a Major Leaguer.

Double-A: Tulsa Drillers

Opening Day: Friday, 7:05 p.m. CT at NW Arkansas Naturals
Player to Watch: C
Pitcher to Watch: RHP Sauryn Lao
Other Top 30 prospects on the roster: C Dalton Rushing, UTIL Austin Gauthier, OF Jose Ramos

Cartaya (No. 9) was the Dodgers’ can't-miss prospect, but the Venezuelan catcher really needs to have a good season in ‘24. Cartaya struggled mightily at the plate in ‘23, and back injuries have slowed his progression. He’s still 22 years old so there’s still time, but it’s a big year for Cartaya.

As for Lao, this is another prospect who opened eyes this spring. A converted infielder, Lao is still learning how to pitch, but there’s a lot of potential there. It’ll be interesting to see what he does against Double-A hitters.

High-A: Great Lakes Loons

Opening Day: Friday, 6:05 p.m. ET vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps
Player to Watch: C Yeiner Fernandez
Pitcher to Watch: LHP
Other Top 30 prospects on the roster: LHP Maddux Bruns, LHP Ronan Kopp, C Thayron Liranzo, SS Noah Miller

Ferris (No. 8) was the main piece acquired from the Cubs in the deal that sent Michael Busch and Yency Almonte to Chicago this winter. The left-hander has drawn a lot of praise since joining the organization.

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Opening Day: Friday, 6:45 PT at Lake Elsinore Storm
Player to Watch: OF
Pitcher to Watch: RHP Payton Martin
Other Top 30 prospects on the roster: 3B Jake Gelof, OF Kendall George, OF Zyhir Hope

Based on pure talent, it’s easy to argue that De Paula (No. 4) is the best prospect in the organization. His hit tool is one of the best in the Minors and he’s just 18 years old. If De Paula continues to develop the way scouts expect him to, don’t be surprised if he’s a Top 10 prospect in all of baseball by the time he enters his twenties.