Farm fresh: Deadline deal creates room for new trio in Top 30 Prospects list
By Cary Osborne
When the Dodgers dealt Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas and Jharel Cotton to Oakland on Monday for Josh Reddick and Rich Hill, it had the effect of a game of Tetris on their MLB.com Top 30 Prospects list.
The Dodgers’ traded their No. 1 ranking among MLB’s 30 farm systems for a No. 5. And a block of players moved into the list and others shifted into spots previously occupied by the departed trio.
Holmes, Montas and Cotton ranked Nos. 5, 8 and 13 respectively.
Second baseman Willie Calhoun moved from No. 6 to 5. He is second in the farm system with 22 homers and 70 RBI. Walker Buehler, the Dodgers’ 2015 first-rounder who has yet to appear in a professional game, leaped from 10 to 8. Cuban 18-year-old second baseman Omar Estevez (.667 OPS in 371 plate appearances with Low-A Great Lakes) jumped from 16 to 13.
The Dodgers’ top pick from the 2016 MLB Draft, shortstop Gavin Lux, had been No. 12 and now sits at No. 10. Lux is batting .287/.395/.389 in 128 plate appearances for the Dodgers’ Rookie Arizona League team. Also joining him in the top 10 was fellow 2016 first-rounder Jordan Sheffield, who moved from 11 to 9. He has logged 1 2/3 pro innings thus far. Sheffield’s brother Justus was one of the pieces Cleveland sent to the New York Yankees on Monday in the Andrew Miller deal.
The block that occupies Nos. 28-30 is held by Mitchell Hansen, Andrew Toles and 2016 second-rounder Mitchell White.
Hansen, the Dodgers’ 2015 second-rounder, has rebounded quickly from a quiet pro debut last year in which he OPSed .563 with no homers in 167 plate appearances with the Arizona Rookie League team. With Rookie League Ogden this year, he is OPSing .864 with eight homers in 176 plate appearances. He played in Tuesday’s Pioneer League All-Star Game, going 0 for 2.
Toles has been with the big league club since being called up from Oklahoma City on July 8. White, a 2016 second-rounder, has yet to allow an earned run in 10 minor league innings with the Arizona club and Low-A Great Lakes.