MLB Pipeline just posted an article on which player might make their Major League debut in 2021.
Which top prospects will debut in 2021? Here's the top contender for each club: https://t.co/DfFz3ceXgr pic.twitter.com/vK6ZOi78Jt
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) December 31, 2020
It wasn’t a surprise that they chose Josiah Gray as a likely Dodgers prospect to debut in 2021. Based on the progress of all the other starting pitchers on the 40-man roster Gray is a decent bet. One important note is that Gray isn’t on the 40-man roster yet. Pitchers that are on the 40-man roster that have not pitched in MLB yet are Gerardo Carrillo, André Jackson, and Edwin Uceta. Of all of them, Gray is ranked the highest as he is the number one prospect on the Dodgers and, like Uceta, finished the 2019 season in AA.
When I look at the rest of the 40-man roster there are three outfielders who have not had their debut either; DJ Peters, Luke Raley, and Zach Reks. If the Dodgers do not re-sign Joc Pederson I would expect one of those outfielders to debut before Gray. It will all come down to opportunities through either how the team fills the roster out or from injuries.
Further Reading: Edwin Uceta Update in Winter Ball
One bet that I feel good about making is that all these players will debut in the Major Leagues in either 2021 or 2022. Even after many players graduated from prospect status in 2020 the Dodgers are loaded with players ready to contribute. The player development for the Dodgers is remarkable and continues to bring out the potential of the players in the minor league system.
"They're the model."
How the Dodgers built a player development machine envied by the rest of baseball 👇https://t.co/M5fbRT7bfE pic.twitter.com/DaLY5ZTDR0
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) October 29, 2020
The Dodgers won the World Series in 2020 and also have a ton of young talent. It really is an amazing system. Personally, I cannot wait to see more players make their MLB debut in 2021. The only question will be, who is first?
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