One of the things that people wonder about as the new Los Angeles Dodgers season gets underway is where the team’s top prospects happen to be. Not in a sense of development but more or less where in the minors they are. The breakdown was done by Jim Callis, one of the top prospect gurus out there.
While top prospect Corey Seager is up with the big club already and doing wonderful things, as are Trayce Thompson, Austin Barnes, and Ross Stripling, there are those who are still in the minors getting ready for the start of the season and what will be awaiting them over the next few months.
Once right-hander Jose De Leon comes off the disabled list, Triple-A Oklahoma City will have one of the best trios of starters in the Minor Leagues. Julio Urias is baseball’s best lefty prospect, De Leon led the Minors with 12.8 strikeouts per nine innings last year and righty Jharel Cotton has a pair of plus pitches in his fastball and changeup.
As he writes, Jose De Leon, Julio Urias, and Jharel Cotton will be on the pitching staff at Triple-A. That’s a monster staff. Also there will be right-hander Zach Lee, second baseman Micah Johnson, and reliever Jacob Rhame. That’s going to be an extremely talented club, especially the pitching staff.
Speaking of talent, the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate in Tulsa will featured first baseman Cody Bellinger, outfielders Alex Verdugo and Jacob Scavuzzo, and second baseman Willie Calhoun. That’s just to name a few. Right-hander Grant Holmes will begin the season at Advanced-A ball, as will outfielder Yusniel Diaz.
The Dodgers are stacked in their farm system, and Callis’ article breaks down where all the talent will be playing to start the season. If you’re wondering when De Leon will be in action, look for either later on this month or early May. The Dodgers have the talent, and they will be out there. You just have to know where to look.