The time to sit and wait for baseball is coming to a close soon. Pitchers and catchers are set to report to Camelback Ranch in mid-February. The front office is still putting the finishing touches into the details of crafting a competitive roster. In this stretch run before baseball’s triumphant return, a closer look at the Dodgers top 30 prospects is in order. Today we will focus in on prospects 26 – 30.
Cristian Santana – Prospect # 26
Cristian Santana, the 20 year old hitting machine from the Dominican Republic, is one of the lesser touted prospects in the Dodgers system. However, his skill set at the plate really opened some eyes in 2017. The third baseman proceeded to hit at all three levels he played for. In Rookie ball, at Ogden, Santana hit .537 in 41 at-bats to get the quick promotion to Low-A Great Lakes. He even excelled at hitting in the traditionally pitcher friendly Midwest League, keeping his batting average above 300 (.322) for the Loons. To finish off an amazing 2017 campaign, Santana hit .412 for the Quakes in the Cal League playoffs in High-A ball.
Luke Raley – Prospect # 27
Luke Raley had a breakout 2017 and was selected as a Cal League All-Star. His impressive numbers last season can tell only a portion of the story for the 23 year old slugger. His versatility was of great value to his Manager Drew Saylor, Raley batted in every spot of the order, except for the ninth. He played primarily in the outfield, at the corner positions, and played some first base as well. It was a tremendous first full professional season for the 2016 seventh round draft pick.
Errol Robinson – Prospect # 28
Lots of movement from the prospects list for the Dodgers in 2017 and Errol Robinson was certainly no exception. He moved up not only in the Dodgers farm system, but also onto this prospects top 30 list. Perhaps most impressive, is his movements on the ball field itself. Robinson has very quick hands at the plate as well as in the field. An extreme asset on the base-paths and at the top of any line-up. Errol Robinson has his sights set extremely high for the 2018 season.
Matt Beaty – Prospect # 29
Moving up the prospects list has been a theme of the 2017 season for Matt Beaty. The Texas League Player of the Year was unranked even as late as mid-season. He bumped up one more spot a few weeks ago when the Dodgers were involved in a three-team trade to acquire Scott Alexander from the Royals. Beaty figures to do more damage and upward movement next year, with his career and his swing. The left handed hitting slugger has been trying to develop a launch angle more conducive to fly balls. That project is in full bloom as his power numbers increased along with the adjustments to his swing-path. Look for Beaty to take his offensive attack to the Pacific Coast League in Triple-A in 2018.
Jake Peter – Prospect # 30
The newest addition to the Dodgers prospect list is the utility infielder just acquired from the White Sox. The Royals received a top pitching prospect in Trevor Oaks, and infielder, Erick Mejia in the three-team trade. Jake Peter split time between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte last season. Peter has a chance at making the 40 man roster. In the very least, he will play at Oklahoma City and remain an option for situations that may arise. Options and Jake Peter go hand in hand, as the versatile 24 year old can play multiple positions. He is primarily a second baseman, he also played a handful of games at the hot-corner and in the outfield in his career.