Michael Busch

25-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Los Angeles Dodgers AAA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Busch emphasized his status as one of the Dodgers' most highly touted young bats by leading the organization's minor-leaguers in hits (151), doubles (38), RBI (108) and runs (118) last season while tying for lead with 32 homers. Sure, he played most of his games in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League and struck out in 26.5% of his plate appearances, but he showed improvement in that area with a 17.6% rate over his final 25 games and has consistently demonstrated patience at the plate, registering an 11.4% walk rate last season. Busch isn't going to steal many bases and is just an average defender, but his potential with the bat was enough for the Dodgers to add him to their 40-man roster in November. He should make his big-league debut sometime in 2023. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Dodgers in July of 2019.
Added to 40-man roster
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
November 15, 2022
Busch was added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster Tuesday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
Busch opened 2022 at Double-A Tulsa and posted a 1.112 OPS in 31 games to earn a promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 25-year-old clubbed 32 homers and 38 doubles between the two levels in 2022, though he may need to cut down on his 26 percent strikeout rate before he receives an extended look in the majors.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Busch gives off Max Muncy vibes, which is fitting as he is coming up in the same organization and plays the same positions as Muncy did when he was coming up. Better in OBP leagues than AVG leagues, Busch hit 20 home runs with a 14.1 BB% and a 26.1 K% in 107 games as a 23-year-old at Double-A. He primarily played second base but also saw time at first base and designated hitter. The DH coming to the National League increases Busch's chances of eventually getting regular playing time, but this is still a very crowded organizational depth chart. He probably won't be on a fast track to the majors, especially since he is not yet on the 40-man roster.
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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Mixed bag in Triple-A
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
July 7, 2022
Busch has a .240/.298/.474 line with 10 homers, two steals and a 13:65 BB:K in 42 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
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Rises to Triple-A
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
May 17, 2022
The Dodgers promoted Busch from Double-A Tulsa to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports.
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Makes first pro start in LF
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
April 27, 2022
Busch made his first professional start in left field for Double-A Tulsa on Wednesday.
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Hitting for low average, high OBP
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
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.
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Invited to big-league camp
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
February 16, 2021
Busch was invited to the Dodgers' major-league camp Tuesday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
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