19-Year-Old Outfielder – Los Angeles Dodgers
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
A second-round pick in 2014, Verdugo burst out of the gates to the tune of .353/.421/.511 that year and firmly entrenched himself as one of the team's top position prospects. Last year saw him make th...
Verdugo has come on strong in recent games after a slow start and is now batting .282/.333/.385 with a home run in 39 at-bats for Double-A Tulsa.
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Los Angeles Dodgers Roster
MajorsAnderson, Brett (P)
AAAAvilan, Luis (P)
A+Diaz, Yusniel (OF)
AEstevez, Omar (2B)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Verdugo could have been developed as a hitter or a pitcher, but the early returns certainly justify the Dodgers’ decision to deploy the 18-year-old lefty as an outfielder. It would have been difficult to predict the 18-year-old, taken with the 62nd pick in the 2014 draft, would get off to such an impressive start to his career. Verdugo slashed .347/.423/.518 with three home runs and eight steals in 196 plate appearances in the Arizona rookie league, while learning to play center field on a full-time basis. After Corey Seager and Joc Pederson, Verdugo might have the most upside of any of the Dodgers' position player in the minors. Those in dynasty leaguers who invest in Verdugo should be prepared to see some bumps along the way, as he will probably struggle for stretches in 2015. But he should be treated as a first-round talent, as the potential does not match his status as a second-round pick.