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Tracking the 2018 Draft: Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers land one newcomer in our Top 20 ranks.

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Earlier this week, week released our Top 20 Prospects for 2019 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. John Sickels and I later discussed several key prospects on the podcast.

Looking at the Top 20, there is only one name on the list from the 2018 draft class. In comparison, when we did the Kansas City Royals list there were six recently drafted inclusions.

Keep in mind that the Dodgers failed to sign there 1st Round selection, right-handed pitcher J.T. Ginn.

Here’s what you need to know about our No. 19 Dodgers prospect heading into 2019.

Braydon Fisher (RHP)

  • 4th Round Pick — Clear Falls HS (TX)

We’ve got him graded out as a C+ prospect, which in the Dodgers system means he could easily fall anywhere between No. 12 and No. 30. He was ranked as the 15th best RHP in the state of Texas by Perfect Game. Once the Dodgers selected him in the fourth round, Fisher decided to forego his commitment to Lamar University where he would have been a two-way player.

Here’s a few of our notes on him.

Age 18, fourth round pick in 2018 from high school in Texas; posted 2.05 ERA in 22 innings in rookie ball, 19/9 K/BB; very projectable with 6-4, 180 pound frame, low-90s at present but velocity should increase in time; slider has plus potential, needs to improve change-up but that’s true for most pitchers his age; another possible breakthrough arm though perhaps more for 2020 than 2019; ETA 2022.

Our friends over at 2080 Baseball provided this video of Fisher from earlier this year.

MLB Pipeline provided Scouting Grades:

  • Fastball: 60
  • Slider: 55
  • Changeup: 50
  • Control: 50
  • Overall: 45

Our friends over at True Blue LA provided some notes on Fisher after he was selected 134th overall.

His pro debut ended quite nicely, having allowed three hits in six innings over his final three appearances. While a return to Rookie Ball is likely, Fisher could work his way to Low-A Great Lakes during the 2019 campaign.