Kiley wraps up his coverage of the Winter Meetings with lots of notes on trades, free agent signings…
2014 Dodgers Top Prospects - #55-46
55. Michael Medina, OF
2013 Stats: .198/.289/.411 in 218 PA's
2013 Level: Dominican Summer League Dodgers
Medina was signed in January of 2013 for $275,000. The 16 year old was assigned to the team's Dominican affiliate, where he played 56 games. While he finished second in the league with 10 home runs, Michael also placed second with 94 strikeouts (a staggering 43% K rate). The potential is there, but he'll have to cut down on the swings and misses if he wants to succeed in the states.
54. Brandon Dixon, 3B
2013 Stats: .185/.227/.261 in 228 PA's
2013 Level: Low A Great Lakes Loons
Dixon was the Dodgers' third rounder in 2013. The University of Arizona alum struggled in his debut, batting just .185 with 65 strikeouts and only one home run in 59 games with the Loons. He may need to move to the outfield, so his stock is already volatile less than a year after he entered the system.
53. Daniel Padilla, OF
2013 Stats: Did not play 2013 Level: Did not play
The 16 year old Venezuelan outfielder signed last July for $200,000 but has yet to make his professional debut. At 6'4 and 190 lbs, Padilla already has excellent speed and power potential, giving the Dodgers yet another high ceiling but extremely raw outfielder for their DSL club.
52. Cody Bellinger, 1B
2013 Stats: .219/.340/.358 in 195 PA's
2013 Level: Rookie league Arizona Dodgers
The Dodgers' fourth rounder in 2013, Bellinger struggled a bit in his debut but has plenty of upside. His 6'4 frame oozes projection and, while he hit just one home run in 47 games, Cody projects to have plenty of power for a first baseman. However, given his long arms, it'll be a struggle for him to make contact as he advances.
51. Ariel Sandoval, OF
2013 Stats: .255/.299/.300 in 265 PA's
2013 Level: DSL
Along with Medina, the Dodgers signed Sandoval to a six figure bonus, getting $150,000 as a 17 year old. He also had a rocky debut, with a different skillset than his counterpart. Ariel spent most of his time in center field and stole 19 bases, but he didn't hit a single home run in 47 games. Now 18, he could be headed back to the DSL along with Michael.
50. Lucas Tirado, INF
2013 Stats: Did not play
2013 Level: Did not play
Tirado earned the highest reported bonus in this signing period, claiming a cool million from the Dodgers. The 6'2 180 lbs infielder played short as an amateur but lacks the foot quickness to stay at the position and is likely a second or third baseman down the road. He struggled in a tournament prior to signing, though he has the makings of a solid swing. It will be interesting to see how he does in his first season, which will likely be in the DSL.
49. Garrett Gould, RHP
2013 Stats: 118 IP, 15 HR, 46 BB, 104 K's
2013 Level: High A Rancho Cucamonga and Double A Chattanooga
As a second rounder in 2009, Gould received the highest bonus in the draft class as a promising starter with two plus pitches. However, after five seasons in pro ball, only his curve remains a weapon. His fastball, which sat in the low 90s as a prep, is now generally in the high 80s and he has trouble getting it past more advanced hitters. He found some success as a reliever in Double A and could see his role changed moving forward unless he suddenly regains his velocity.
48. Jairo Pacheco, LHP
2013 Stats: 43.2 IP, 1 HR, 13 BB, 45 K's
2013 Level: DSL
I would be lying if I said I had much information on Pacheco. I know he signed as a 16 year old this past January. I know that he pitched for the Dominican Summer League Dodgers. And I know he dominated. That's enough to pique my interest. With his performance, it's not out of the question that he's stateside next spring. Hopefully he climbs the ladder and sustains success.
47. Pedro Baez, RHP
2013 Stats: 58 IP, 6 HR, 23 BB, 55 K's
2013 Level: Rancho and Chattanooga
It finally happened. After years of speculation, the Dodgers decided to convert Baez from a third baseman into a pitcher. And so far, so good. The 25 year old Dominican native pitched well through two tough levels, showcasing a low to mid 90s fastball and a curve that earned praise from Sandy Koufax. He's likely not going to be the next Kenley Jansen, but I wouldn't be surprised if he broke into the majors by 2015.
46. Ralston Cash, RHP
2013 Stats: 55.2 IP, 4 HR, 33 BB, 61 K's
2013 Level: Great Lakes and AZL
A 2nd round pick in 2010, Cash suffered a freak hip injury in the spring of 2011, causing him to miss the entire season and part of 2012. Finally healthy, 2013 was a statement season for the young righty. And, while he did miss two and a half months with an injury, Ralston showed glimpses of dominance when he was on the bump. He features a lively fastball that can touch the upper 90s as well as a sharp slider. Given his injury history and repertoire, he could make a pretty promising late inning reliever.
That's all for now. Coming up, #45-36.
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