The Arizona Fall League will be back in action on October 13. There will be six teams filled with some of baseball’s top prospects. One of the six teams will have seven Dodgers prospects, including some of their top ranked guys. The season concludes with the championship game on November 20.
The Glendale Desert Dogs feature prospects from the Dodgers, Angels, Cardinals, Astros and White Sox. They will be managed by Jair Fernandez, the Dodgers’ DSL manager. In addition, their strength and conditioning coach will be Gage Cosgrove, another coach in the Dodgers’ system.
Here are the Dodgers prospects who will be participating.
The Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect, according to Baseball America. LA’s first round pick in the 2020 MLB Draft skyrocketed up ranking boards this season, and for good reason. In his first year of minor-league ball, the 22-year-old started the season at Great Lakes and finished at Tulsa. He’s a Top 100 prospect in baseball and one of the rising pitching prospects in the game.
2021 stats: 17 games, 14 starts, 2-2, 2.40 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 56 1⁄3 IP, 70 SO, 13 BB
Another pitcher rising up the ranks in the Dodgers’ system is Landon Knack. The 24-year-old was selected by the Dodgers in the second round of the 2020 MLB Draft. Just like with Miller, he spent the beginning of the season with Great Lakes but then was promoted to Tulsa to finish the season. The Dodgers have many great right-handed pitchers in their farm system and Knack is one of the best.
2021 stats: 16 games, 11 starts, 7-1, 3.16 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 62 1⁄3 IP, 82 SO, 8 BB
Once considered a top prospect in the organization, 2021 was a forgetful season for Kody Hoese. After being selected by the Dodgers in the first round in 2019, Hoese struggled to stay on the field, dealing with injuries. He spent time in the Arizona Complex League rehabbing, while also trying to play his way back to Tulsa.
2021 stats: 69 games, .196 AVG, .247 OBP, .250 SLG, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 51 H, 59 SO, 17 BB
Another player that slid down the rankings a bit was Jacob Amaya. The 23-year-old shortstop is still considered to have one of the best gloves in the entire system, but his offensive production was lacking this season. He spent all of 2021 in Tulsa.
2021 stats: 113 games, .216 AVG, .303 OBP, .343 SLG, .645 OPS, 12 HR, 47 RBI, 90 H, 103 SO, 53 BB
The 24-year-old outfielder had a breakout season in 2021. After spending the first chunk of the season with Great Lakes, Outman spent the second half with Tulsa, where his production actually got better. Outman is one of the rising outfielders in LA’s system.
2021 stats: 104 games, .266 AVG, .379 OBP, .490 SLG, .869 OPS, 18 HR, 54 RBI, 110 H, 23 SB
After a great 2019 campaign, Jeff Belge struggled in 2021. He spent all of the season with Great Lakes, but just never seemed to get things on track. He was an 18th round pick back in 2019.
2021 stats: 31 games, 2-2, 5.61 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, 43 1⁄3 IP, 63 SO, 34 BB, 5/10 saves
In case you forgot, Kyle Hurt also came over from the Marlins in the Alex Vesia trade. The 23-year-old was a fifth round pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. He didn’t see much action this season, seeing limited time between the ACL and Rancho Cucamonga.
2021 stats: 12 games, 2-2, 5.57 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 21 IP, 36 SO, 10 BB