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2023 Dodgers in review: Andy Pages

Los Angeles Dodgers v Chicago White Sox minor leaguers Photo by David Durochik/Diamond Images via Getty Images

In a parallel universe, we might be talking now about how Andy Pages impressed in his major league debut at age 22 with the Dodgers. But instead, the outfielder’s rise through the minors was interrupted by an unfortunate injury that ended his 2023 season.

Things were looking up for the Cuban outfielder, named to top-100 prospect lists before the season by FanGraphs, The Athletic, MLB Pipeline, and Baseball Prospectus. Pages was added to the 40-man roster in November 2022 after holding his own in Double-A Tulsa at 21 years old.

This year, Pages started in Tulsa, but didn’t stay long. He hit .284/.430/.495 with 12 doubles, three home runs, and a 144 wRC+ in 33 games before getting promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on May 16. Pages was promoted to Triple-A at the same time as fellow outfielder Jonny DeLuca, who was on a similar track but 2½ years older.

DeLuca ended up reaching the majors less than three weeks later when Trayce Thompson strained his oblique, and spent the better part of two months with the Dodgers.

Pages, had he continued on his same path, could have had a shot at making the majors in 2023. Instead, he didn’t last a full game with Oklahoma City. Pages hit fifth and played right field in his first Triple-A game, on May 16 against Sugar Land, but was replaced after striking out swinging in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Pages suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder and required surgery, which was first reported by Fabian Ardaya at The Athletic in June.

Just like that, Pages’ season was done.

He’s still young, having just turned 23 on Friday. Pages since the last minor league pandemic year of 2020 has impressed offensively at every level, posting high walk rates (17.8 percent in limited duty in 2023, 13.1 percent over the last three years), better-than-average strikeout rates (23.3 percent in 2023, 24.4 percent last three years), and good power (.205 isolated power in 2023, .247 last three years) all while being well younger than his leagues.

There’s a lot to like with Pages, and if he stays healthy could very easily see time in the majors in 2024.

2023 particulars

Age: 22

Stats: .277/.425/.482, 12 2B, 3 HR, 7 SB, 34 G, 139 wRC+ in Double-A/Triple-A

Salary: in minors all year (minimum salary while in the minors for players on a 40-man roster for the first time was $58,800 in 2023, per the collective bargaining agreement)

Game of the year

On April 14 on the road against Midland, for Double-A Tulsa, Pages hit two-run home runs in the first inning and the third inning against left-hander David Leal.

Pages also doubled, walked, and had season highs in RBI (four), runs (three), hits (three), and home runs.

Roster status

Pages has yet to appear in the majors, and has two option years remaining.