EDWIN RIOS LOS ANGELES DODGERS #19
Edwin Rios | Rank: 19 (Preseason: 13)
Team: Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA)ETA: 2019Position: 3B/1B/OFAge: 25 DOB: 04/21/1994Bats: L Throws: RHeight: 6′ 3″ Weight: 220 lb.Drafted: 2015, 6th (192) – LADWatch
Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 20 | Arm: 55 | Field: 40 | Overall: 45
Rios surged from two homers as a Florida International sophomore to 18 (fourth in NCAA Division I) as a junior in 2015, spurring the Dodgers to select him in the sixth round. He has been one of the system’s most productive hitters ever since, slamming 61 homers in his first three full seasons despite missing two months in 2018 with an oblique injury. He stood out with a huge spring in big league camp in 2018, but that still couldn’t change the fact that he’s blocked in Los Angeles with Max Muncy and Justin Turner at his two best positions.
Thanks to his strength and solid bat speed, Rios provides left-handed power to all fields and does damage against both southpaws and right-handers. Though he’s extremely aggressive and his strikeout rate rose from 21 percent in 2017 to 32 percent last year when he tried to do too much to make up for lost time, his hand-eye coordination generally allows him to make repeated hard contact. He never has walked much but is capable of batting .250 with 25 homers if he gets regular at-bats in the big leagues.
Though Rios works hard to maintain his conditioning, his lack of speed and quickness limit his value on the bases and in the field. He has spent the majority of his pro career at third base and has enough arm strength for the position, but he has limited range and has been prone to errors there. His best position is first base and he can play an adequate left field but doesn’t cover much ground.