A trio of the Dodgers’ top prospects will have the chance to play at Dodger Stadium on Saturday as part of the 2022 MLB Futures Game, the annual showcase of many of minor league baseball’s best players.
Miguel Vargas, Bobby Miller and Diego Cartaya have been named to the National League roster, which will be managed by former Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia. Long duration Phillies Shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who played one season for the Dodgers (2015), will lead the American League.
Several former Dodgers are on the coaching staff, including Adrián Beltré, Shawn Green, Ken Landreaux, Eric Davis, Edwin Jackson and Dan Haren.
The Futures Game will last seven innings and will be televised live by Peacock beginning at 4:00 p.m. PT. MLB Network will replay the game Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m. PT. Scott Braun will call the game alongside analysts Yonder Alonso and Jim Callis, as well as journalist AJ Andrews.
Here’s more info on the Dodgers’ field contingent:
Positions: mainly 3B, plus 2B, 1B, LF
How acquired: international amateur free agent (Cuba), September 7, 2017
Statistics: .295/.385/.496, 119 wRC+, 13 HR, 21 doubles
Actual level: Triple-A Oklahoma City
Vargas is holding strong in Triple-A as Oklahoma City’s youngest player. He is in the Pacific Coast League’s top 10 in hits (100), walks (48), field goal percentage, added hits (38), total bases (168), RBI (64 ) and points scored (73). ). Control of the strike zone has served him well, with a career-best walk rate this season (12.2%) to go along with his low strikeout rate (14.4%). Vargas recently added left field to his bag of tricks, which could serve him well if he gets called up to the majors at some point after the All-Star break.
Prospect Ranking: Vargas moved up a pair of midseason prospect rankings, rising from 94th on MLB Pipeline during the preseason at No. 71 in July. Vargas also dropped from 40th to 30th place on Baseball America, who wrote“Vargas continues to establish himself as one of the best pure hitters in the minors and is gradually gaining power. No one can guess his ultimate position, but his bat will play anywhere.
Position: Starting pitcher
How acquired: 2020 draft, first round (Louisville)
Statistics: 4.12 ERA, 3.28 FIP in 67⅔ IP, 82 strikeouts, 29.1% K-rate, 8.9% BB-rate
Actual level: Double-A Tulsa
Miller and his impressive fastball turned things around after an average June by starting July with 19 strikeouts and no earned runs allowed in his first two starts of the month.
During the Freeway Series at the end of spring training against the Angels, Bobby Miller found success on the Dodger Stadium mound in front of the fans, pitching three scoreless innings on April 5.
How acquired: international amateur free agent (Venezuela), July 2, 2018
Statistics: .273/.413/.533, 14 HR, 19 doubles
Actual level: Great Lakes High-A
Of the Dodgers trio in the Futures Game, Cartaya is the only one to have moved up this season, being promoted to High-A Great Lakes on May 31. He’s been hit at all levels, including a 144 wRC+ this year at Low-A Rancho Cucamonga and a 161 wRC+ at High-A. Cartaya is the second-youngest player for the Great Lakes, older than infielder Alex De Jesus by just over six months.
Prospect Ranking: Cartaya is the Dodgers’ best prospect. His rise on MLB Pipeline went from 28th place during the preseason to July 14th. As Baseball America, Cartaya climbed from 23 to 10with this note: “Cartaya’s forward approach, explosive swing and massive power translated into High-As and earned him plaudits as one of the best and most dangerous hitters in the minors.”
Futures game information
- When: Today (Saturday, July 16)
- Location: Dodger Stadium
- Time: 4:00 p.m. PT
- TV/Broadcast: Peacock (live)
- TV (rebroadcast): MLB Network, 6:00 a.m. PT Sunday
- Radio: MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM