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Jacob Amaya considered best defensive player in Dodgers’ system

High praise for the shortstop from and Baseball America.

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Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Mike Rosenbaum at picked a defensive standout for all 30 MLB teams, and shortstop Jacob Amaya was named the best defensive prospect in the Dodgers minor league system.

“While his bat-to-ball skills are his strongest suit, his high baseball IQ and nonstop energy allow him to play quicker than his average speed in the middle infield, where he also shows quick, reliable hands and a strong, accurate arm,” they wrote about Amaya.

The Dodgers drafted Amaya in the 11th round in 2017 out of South Hills High School in West Covina. Amaya spent part of 2020 at the Dodgers’ alternate training site at USC as part of their player pool, and was a non-roster invitee to spring training in February and March at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.

In his last minor league season, in 2019, Amaya hit .260/.369/.391 with 28 doubles, seven home runs, and six triples between both Class-A levels.

Amaya, who turned 22 in September, was also named by Baseball America as the Dodgers’ best defensive infield prospect and their prospect with the best strike-zone discipline.


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