Rylan Bannon – 3B
Rylan Bannon was drafted in the eighth round of the 2017 draft by the Dodgers out of Xavier and has had a lot of success in the minors so far. In his 40 games at the Dodgers rookie-level team, he slashed .336/.425/.591 with 10 home runs, 39 runs, and 30 RBI.
He’s kept up that hitting ability at High-A this year, slashing .296/.402/.559 with 20 home runs, 58 runs, and 61 RBI, putting him on pace for an almost 30 home run season. He’s essentially been killing the ball ever since his breakout junior season at Xavier where he won Big East Conference player of the year.
He’s shown himself to be a fairly patient hitter, walking at a 14.6% clip so far this year and a 10.9% clip last year. He’s also got some great power. While we don’t have statcast information on just how hard he’s been hitting the ball in the minors, the fact that he’s got 20 home runs with year with an 18.7% HR/FB rate suggests to me that he’s hitting the ball pretty hard.
We’ll see how all of this translates as he moves up in the minor leagues. He’s 22, so the argument can be made that he should be crushing rookie and High-A ball. Obviously, he could be valuable if he keeps this up, but that’s far from a guarantee.