John Sickels, who runs Minor League Ball, is one of the top prospect evaluators in the business. He’s been doing it for several years, and his work is always top notch. Today, he released his Top 175 MLB Prospects for 2016 list, and on that list were 12 members of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
While 12 seems like a high number, the most impressive one might have been that the Dodgers found themselves having seven prospects listed by Sickels in the Top 100, and another three who were mentioned but ultimately not listed at all. The team has a deep system, and this shows that.
- 1) Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade A
- 4) Julio Urias, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade A
- 14) Jose De Leon, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade A-
- 47) Kenta Maeda, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade B+
- 72) Alex Verdugo, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade B+
- 89) Yusniel Diaz, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade B
- 96) Grant Holmes, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade B
- 106) Cody Bellinger, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade B
- 108) Frankie Montas, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade B
- 156) Austin Barnes, C-2B, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade B-
- 171) Yadier Alvarez, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade B-
- 175) Willie Calhoun, 2B-OF, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade B-
Those were the 12 prospects listed for the team inside the Top 175, and you can see just how expansive and fantastic the team’s farm system happens to be. The three who were also mentioned were right-handers Walker Buehler and Jharel Cotton, as well as outfielder Trayce Thompson.
It’s pretty amazing how fantastically deep the prospect system is for Los Angeles, and they should continue to get a shot in the arm at the big league level when each of these players eventually gets called up. Whether over the next several months or years, the great prospects are coming.