Rios, Buehler named Dodgers Prospects of the Year

Rios, Buehler named Dodgers Prospects of the Year

LOS ANGELES -- Edwin Rios and Walker Buehler have been chosen as the Dodgers' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, by MLBPipeline.com.

Each team's Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year were chosen by the MLBPipeline.com staff. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors, appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list, and played the entire year in the organization.

Dodgers Prospects of the Year
2017 Edwin Rios Walker Buehler
2016 Cody Bellinger Brock Stewart
2015 Corey Seager Jose De Leon
Year Hitter Pitcher

The 23-year-old Rios, ranked No. 16 among Dodgers prospects by MLBPipeline.com, hit .309 with 24 home runs and 91 RBIs combined between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City.

A left-handed hitter who throws right-handed, Rios plays both corner infield positions. He was a sixth-round pick in the 2015 Draft out of Florida International University and is a native of Puerto Rico who went to high school in Florida.

The 23-year-old Buehler, the top prospect in the organization as ranked by MLBPipeline.com and No. 10 overall in MLB, raced through the Dodgers' system this year, from Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga in April to the big-league bullpen currently with an outside chance to make the postseason roster.

Top Prospects: Buehler, LAD

The right-handed Buehler was a combined 3-3 with a 3.50 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 88 2/3 innings in the Minor Leagues. He struggled with the Dodgers to an 8.64 ERA in seven September relief appearances. Buehler was a first-round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2015 who then underwent Tommy John surgery and pitched only five innings in 2016.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.