ESPN Senior Writer Keith Law has been putting out his prospect stuff over the last little while. In doing so, he named Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager as the number one prospect in baseball. Law also named seven players from the team on his Top 100 list. It was an extremely high honor.
Now, Law is going through and giving out his Top 10 prospects for each Major League team so that people can see where certain prospects rank within the system. He’s also giving somewhat detailed scouting reports on the Overview, 2016 Impact, The Fallen, and who his Sleeper is.
Top 10 prospects (Top 100 rank in parentheses)
1. Corey Seager, SS (1)
2. Julio Urias, LHP (5)
3. Alex Verdugo, OF (51)
4. Jose De Leon, RHP (60)
5. Grant Holmes, RHP (71)
6. Yusnier Diaz, OF (77)
7. Cody Bellinger, 1B/CF (92)
8. Austin Barnes, C/2B
9. Omar Estevez, 2B/3B
10. Frankie Montas, RHP
The top seven players are in order from his Top 100 list, so none of their names are a surprise. From there, we get Austin Barnes, Omar Estevez, and Frankie Montas. Montas is going to miss the first two to four months of the season due to rib surgery, but he still makes the list.
There was an interesting player in his Sleeper section, though:
Scouts described [Yadier] Alvarez to me as someone who might belong in the top 20 prospects in the game, assuming he is what he was in workouts and actually comes to pitch in the U.S. at some point.
As Law describes in the article, Alvarez can throw 97 to 98 MPH with a “wipeout slider” and a repeatable delivery. That makes him a very desired prospect and a “must watch” in the scouting circles since he can turn into something quite special either as a starter or in the bullpen.
All in all, the Dodgers should feel happy with the overall talent at the top of their system as well as the multi-faceted depth that follows it. This team is truly setup to dominate the future of baseball.