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How Dodgers minor leaguers fared at the alternate training site

A season-ending review of prospects at USC

MLB: JUL 16 Dodgers Summer Camp Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

In a normal year, we’d have a better idea how prospects progressed thanks to minor league games and the various reports and results therein. But this year with no minor league season, we were left with only a trimmed-down group of prospects at alternate training sites.

There were mostly simulated games and various other training exercises at these sites, including for the Dodgers at USC. Jim Callis at provided some insight into the group of Dodgers prospects in his overview of their “season.”

Callis mentions 2019 first-round pick Kody Hoese as the Dodgers’ best hitter at the alternate site, which matches Gavin Lux’s observation back in September when he said, “Kody Hoese can really, really, really hit. I felt like every day he was hitting the ball off the wall or shooting a double the other way.”

Keibert Ruiz was named the top position player prospect by Callis, and Josiah Gray both the top pitching prospect and top overall Dodgers prospect. He talked to farm director Will Rhymes about Gray:

“It was more of the same with JoJo,” Rhymes said. “He still has an electric fastball and a ton of confidence in it. He took the opportunity to work on rounding out his arsenal a little bit: curveball, slider and changeup.

“He’s so competitive that getting him away game competition and trying to win helped him round out his pitches. We saw improvement in the characteristics of his slider and curveball and wanting to use all of his pitches. His slider remains his main secondary pitch.”