Michael Busch

24-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Los Angeles Dodgers AA
2022 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Michael Busch in 2022. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a contract with the Dodgers in July of 2019.
Hitting for low average, high OBP
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AA
July 13, 2021
Busch is hitting .223/.373/.415 with nine homers, two steals, 30 RBI and 34 runs in 51 games for Double-A Tulsa.
Thus far in his minor-league career, Busch has shown that his greatest skill is drawing walks, which he's done 37 times this season -- good for a stellar 15.9 percent walk rate. Unfortunately, that's the only particularly promising part of his batting line, as he's striking out at a 29.6 percent clip and isn't showing enough power to offset the swing-and-miss in his game. The No. 31 overall pick in 2019, Busch has plenty of talent, but he needs to do a better job tapping into his power in game action. Fortunately, he went into the All-Star break doing just that, having smashed three homers and a double over Tulsa's last six games. If he can keep it up, he could move up to Triple-A this season, but Busch isn't likely to see any MLB action in 2021.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Busch was reportedly the best hitter in the 2020 fall instructional league in Arizona, which is saying a lot, even though he was one of the older true prospects taking part in instructs. The No. 31 overall pick in 2019, Busch has been limited to 10 total pro games to this point -- 15 if we count a five-game run in the Arizona Fall League in 2019. The Dodgers drafted him for his bat, as he hit an eye-popping .322/.450/.567 with a wood bat in the Cape Cod League in 2018. He is still a bat-first player all the way, with the potential for a plus hit tool and plus power but no clear defensive home. The left-handed hitter is being groomed for a multi-position role, potentially getting work at second base, first base, left field and designated hitter. Fall instructs rarely result in a prospect shooting up rankings, but that has been the case with Busch, as the dynasty community is starved for prospect intel.
A hairline fracture in his right hand limited Busch to just 17 professional games after the Dodgers selected him with the 31st overall pick. He split time between the AZL, Midwest League and the Arizona Fall League, hitting .195/.452/.268 with one home run and a 9:17 K:BB in 41 at-bats (as many walks as games). It's a tiny sample, but Busch was better the higher he climbed, logging a .327 OPS in rookie ball, a .767 OPS at Low-A and a 1.007 OPS in the AFL. A versatile defender, Busch was primarily a first baseman at North Carolina, but also saw time in the outfield and worked primarily as a second baseman after getting drafted. He obviously has a patient approach and a good understanding of the strike zone, and the hope is that he can become a plus hitter with at least above-average power. He is pretty advanced, and could split time between High-A and Double-A in his first full season.
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Invited to big-league camp
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AA
February 16, 2021
Busch was invited to the Dodgers' major-league camp Tuesday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
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Joining 60-man player pool
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AA
July 10, 2020
Busch joined the Dodgers' 60-man player pool Friday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Taken 31st overall by Dodgers
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AA
June 3, 2019
The Dodgers have selected Busch with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2019 first-year player draft.
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