The Dodgers have more catching depth than any farm system, and they added to it last July when they landed MLB Pipeline's top-rated international amateur in the 2018 class. They signed Cartaya for $2.5 million out of Venezuela, banking on his potential to contribute on both sides of the ball coupled with strong makeup. He draws repeated Salvador Perez comparisons and like the perennial All-Star and Gold Glover, Cartaya was advanced enough to make his U.S. debut at 17.
Though he's taller than most catchers, Cartaya is agile and moves well behind the plate. He already shows advanced receiving ability for a teenager and should fit in well in an organization that prioritizes framing skills. He also has a strong arm and makes accurate throws.
Cartaya's feel for barrel and the strike zone stands out for such a young player. He recognizes pitches well and is willing to use the opposite field, emphasizing making hard contact over selling out for power. As he learns to turn on pitches and use his lower half more in his right-handed swing, he could produce 15 or more homers per year.
C Diego Cartaya assigned to AZL Dodgers Mota from DSL Dodgers Bautista.
C Diego Cartaya assigned to DSL Dodgers Bautista.
Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent C Diego Cartaya to a minor league contract.