Fortunately, the new ownership and management team seem set on changing that. Since the Boston trade (which involved Alan Webster, the No. 3 prospect in the system, and Rubby De La Rosa) and a trade with Miami to acquire Hanley Ramirez in early 2012 (involving No. 2 prospect Nathan Eovaldi), the Dodgers have seemingly refused to part with their best young prospects.
As a result, this week the Dodgers’ farm system jumped as high in the rankings as they have been since 2009 (albeit in a different person’s rankings), moving to No. 10 in Keith Law’s rankings. Those rankings are highlighted by the presence of Corey Seager (No. 5 prospect overall), Julio Urias (No. 9 prospect overall) and Joc Pederson (No. 28 overall) — a group Law goes on to say is the best prospect trio anywhere in the league.
That type of praise must be satisfying to the Dodger front office, if for no other reason than all of the temptations they have seemingly had to trade them. Last season, the Dodgers were rumored to be interested in acquiring Cole Hamels.
As per his reputation, Phillies’ general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. reportedly asked for an astronomical haul — Pederson, Seager and Urias. Thankfully, the Dodgers
laughed and said no.
While I’m tempted to say it’s a new era of Dodgers baseball, the reality is I’m simply hoping it’s a return to an older era — one that produced prospects like they grew on the palm trees surrounding the stadium.
Urias. Seager. Pederson.
For once, a future we can all look forward to.