The Los Angeles Dodgers are heading into the 2024 season with enormous expectations. Among fans, the organization has gradually cultivated a “World Series or bust” attitude over the past decade.
Now, after the Dodgers used the first two months of the offseason to outspend the other 29 MLB teams combined, even outsiders would consider anything less than a championship a disappointing season from the Dodgers.
No team will face as much pressure this year — and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. The Dodgers are built to win for the next decade.
Take away the players we all know now and their extensive contracts, and Los Angeles still has enough talented young players in its farm system to make an impact for years.
That, at least, is the point of view among many rival MLB executives. The Baltimore Orioles’ farm system garnered the most votes among executives polled by MLB.com, with the Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates tied for second.
According to the “Pipeline Executives Prospect Poll,” the Dodgers were voted as the team that uses the Draft the best.
The Dodgers edge the Orioles for the second straight year in this category. They continue to do a terrific job at finding talent in every round, and remember, they typically don’t pick early in the first round, either. – Jonathan Mayo via MLB.com
Los Angeles received 41% of the vote, followed by the Orioles at 32%, the Tampa Bay Rays at 6%, and the Cincinnati Reds at 4%.
The Dodgers received at least one vote in response to several other poll questions: Which team plays the international market better than any other? What team is the best at acquiring prospects in trades? Which team best develops pitchers? Which team best develops hitters? Which team is best at uncovering and developing “sleeper” prospects?
Add it up, and you get a model franchise when it comes to drafting and developing players. The Dodgers’ stars of tomorrow might not be household names today. That’s a feature — not a bug — of their success.