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Dodgers’ Michael Busch stands out at instructional league

No. 31 overall pick in 2019 excelled in Arizona

Michael Busch
Michael Busch
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With no minor league season and no Arizona Fall League in 2020, information on prospects has been sparse at best this year. So with actual game play in instructional leagues in both Arizona and Florida, we at least have some semblance of minor league news.

Kyle Glaser at Baseball America wrote about the players who impressed the most during instructional leagues this year, including this on Michael Busch, the Dodgers’ supplemental first-round pick in 2019:

Busch earned universal reviews as the top hitter in Arizona. He took high quality at-bats, turned around upper-90s velocity and showed home run power to center field and both gaps. His balance, bat speed, hand-eye coordination and strike-zone discipline all drew high praise. Evaluators were split on Busch’s defense at second base, but he earned consistent grades as a plus hitter with plus power.

Busch was at the alternate training site at USC during the season, along with his fellow first-round pick from 2019, Kody Hoese, who was taken six picks before Busch. Back in early September, Gavin Lux singled out Hoese as a standout among hitters at USC.

“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,” Lux said.

Hoese is rated the Dodgers’ No. 3 prospect by MLB Pipeline, with Busch No. 4.