The Los Angeles Dodgers have an elite farm system. Let’s face it, it’s pretty darn awesome. They feature two top ten players in Corey Seager and Julio Urias, as well as organizational depth all over the place in the form of guys like Jose De Leon, Grant Holmes, and Frankie Montas.
That combination of high-end talent and depth is what puts them into the top five when talking about farm systems. And, so, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to find out that Sports Illustrated rated the Dodgers as having the fourth best farm system in baseball today.
The Dodgers are the only team to have two top-10 players on both lists. Given that, one could be excused for thinking they actually have the game’s most impressive crop of prospect talent.
He’s certainly not wrong there. The combination of Seager and Urias is enough to propel any farm system to the top five, but that wasn’t all. Beyond them, the aforementioned De Leon, Holmes, and Montas all appeared on either Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101 or MLB.com’s Top 100. And, in some cases, both.
A rating of 0.5 points was given for each prospect list a team’s prospect appeared on. Due to seven of the team’s prospects appearing on the lists, either on one or on both, the team received a grand total of 5.5 points. That was good enough for fourth.
The only teams to finish above the Dodgers were the Philadelphia Phillies (6.5), Colorado Rockies (6.5), and Chicago Cubs (6.0). The top five farm systems all came from the National League, and three of the bottom five systems came from the American League.
The Dodgers’ National League West rival San Francisco Giants were ranked as having the 28th best farm system. In other words, while the Dodgers appear to have an influx of talent on the way for what seems like years to come, the Giants might be on the outside looking in shortly.
Either way, this is great news for the organization as a whole. They have elite front end talent while having the depth to build up even more. That’s the perfect marriage that teams look for, especially when they also have a big league club that’s competing every single season.