Edwin Rios
25-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Los Angeles Dodgers AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The first baseman was added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster in November for Rule 5 protection, but it will be hard for a player with his defensive limitations to crack one of the deepest rosters in the league. The 25-year-old's .304/.355/.482 line in 88 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City was certainly good, but it came with a 32.3% strikeout rate and was propped up by an unsustainable .433 BABIP. Scouts like Rios' big raw power, but his plate discipline is poor. The offensive bar at first base is even higher on a team as good as the Dodgers, and barring multiple injuries ahead of him on the depth chart, Rios may not see more than a handful of at-bats in Los Angeles this season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers in January of 2018.
Homers in Triple-A
1BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
May 20, 2019
Rios went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.
This was the second straight game with a homer for Rios and he's now hit three in his last 10 games. He's struggled to start the season for Oklahoma City, as he's sporting a .221/.272/.412 slash line over 136 at-bats even with this recent surge. It's a disappointing development for the 25-year-old, who looked like he was turning into a big-league caliber hitter over the past couple of seasons. Hopefully the recent hot streak is a sign he's getting back on track, but at the moment he looks to be a long way from a callup.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A pop-up first base prospect in 2016, Rios' production merited tracking, but his lack of pedigree (2015 sixth rounder), age and position pointed toward a future Quadruple-A hitter. In 2017, he did everything in his power to extinguish those concerns. After posting walk rates around four or five percent, he walked 9.5 percent of the time in his first exposure to Triple-A pitching while keeping his strikeout rate in a very manageable range (22.1 percent). He doesn't rely on pulling the ball, posting a .237 ISO in the Pacific Coast League while spraying 38.3 percent of his hits to the opposite field. Rios hits left-handed, so at worst, he would profile on the strong side of a platoon, assuming he can work his way into a regular role. He can masquerade in left field or at third base, but it's hard to envision the Dodgers sacrificing defense to that extent. He will return to Triple-A to start the season and will be ready to answer the call if there is a need on the big-league club.
A sixth-round pick out of Florida International in the 2015 draft, Rios had a productive 2016 campaign. Across three levels, the 22-year-old hit .301 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI. Red flags put a damper on the rather deceiving totals for Rios, though. He fanned 110 times in 108 games, while drawing just 24 walks. In addition, his numbers are skewed by his brief time in the hitter-friendly confines of the California League: .367 with 16 home runs and 46 RBI in 42 games for High-A Rancho Cucamonga. By contrast, Rios hit just .253 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 66 games at the other levels in 2016. Will the real Edwin Rios please stand up? He should open his age-23 campaign at Double-A Tulsa, where a much better sense of his trajectory will take hold.
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Optioned to Triple-A
1BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
March 11, 2019
Rios was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Returns over weekend
1BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
March 4, 2019
Rios (illness) went 1-for-3 with a double in Sunday's game against the Rangers.
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Expected back Sunday
1BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
March 2, 2019
Rios (illness) is expected to return to game action Sunday against the Rangers, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Dealing with illness
1BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
February 27, 2019
Rios was removed from Wednesday's lineup against the Athletics due to an illness, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Removed from lineup
1BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
February 27, 2019
Rios was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup against the Athletics, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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