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One of the themes of this offseason for the Los Angeles Dodgers has been their prospects making several lists of top players in the Minors. Whether it be Baseball Prospectus’ rankings, ZiPS rankings and projections or MLB.com’s rankings, the Dodgers have had multiple prospects honored.

The latest comes from Kiley McDaniel, who ranked the top-200 prospects at FanGraphs. Included in McDaniel’s rankings are six Dodgers, with three in the top 11. The first Dodger to appear on the list is 18-year-old Julio Urias. The left-hander is ranked the No. 4 prospect in large part his electric stuff:

Urias now sits in the low to mid-90?s and touches 97 mph with three plus pitches and advanced command, and he’s still just 18. He’ll start 2015 in Double-A and when he’s called up is simply a function of when the Dodgers want to start his arbitration clock, because we haven’t seen him fail yet, so we don’t even fully know his ceiling.

Another Dodger prospect ranked in the top 10 is shortstop Corey Seagar, checking in at No. 6. The 2012 first-round draft pick has excelled at all levels, including Double-A last season when he batted .345 after being called up at the All-Star break:

He hasn’t failed in any meaningful way yet, including an impressive late-season run in 2014 at Double-A at age 20. If you have to nitpick, the strikeouts are a little higher than some would like, but Seager is 6-foot-4 and that’s to be expected if a bigger guy is going to hit for some power.

Seager should begin the 2015 season at Double-A and if all goes well, he may be in the position Joc Pederson was in 2014, which culminated with a promotion to the Majors when rosters expanded in September.

CONTINUE READING: Pederson And More Dodgers Make FanGraphs Top-200 Prospects

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About The Author

Daniel Starkand is a senior at Chapman University majoring in journalism and minoring in broadcast journalism. He grew up in Burbank, CA. He played baseball at Burbank High and his first year at Chapman. He also writes for The Panther newspaper.

3 Responses

  1. Bob Rohwer

    Cool! If prospects translate into World Series titles, then that’s fantastic! Until then… wishin’ and hopin’ and dreamin’.

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  2. steve smullins

    It would sure nice to watch them on TV don’t you think?

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