ESPN is trying to find ways to pass the time without baseball, as we all are. This week, the publication took the time to rank the most hyped prospects of all time for every MLB team.
Their pick for the Dodgers might surprise you given the vast pool of talent within the organization’s history.
The ranking system focuses specifically on the time between when a player was drafted and right before they hit the big leagues. So nothing that a player did in the MLB matters for the sake of these rankings.
Meaning that this isn’t about prospect flameouts…
At any rate, for the Dodgers, shortstop Corey Seager took home the honor from ESPN.
Drafted in the first round with the 18th overall pick out of high school, the LA front office had high hopes for Corey Seager. And for the most part, he met those expectations at a young age. In his first professional season at rookie ball as an eighteen-year-old, Seager hit .309 in 46 games. As it turns out, the gamble of taking a high school kid early in the draft would pay off.
Seager was hyped from the moment he made his way onto the draft boards. Just take a look at his scouting report from ESPN’s Keith Law.
Seager is the game’s best prospect, a superlative hitter who projects to do everything at the plate. [He] has electric hands at the plate and does everything very easily — his swing, hip rotation and power look effortless — but it’s his approach that makes him the best prospect in baseball. Seager’s pitch recognition is advanced way beyond his years, and you’ll see him make adjustments within at-bats that even veterans don’t make. … He has MVP upside even if he moves to third and would be even more valuable if he beats my expectations and hangs around at short
While the last two years have been physically rough for Seager, the Dodgers know they have something special. He took home Rookie of the Year honors in 2016 and received MVP votes in 2016 and 2017. His road back from Tommy John surgery has been grueling, but Los Angeles is hopeful that he is back to one-hundred percent whenever baseball can start.
Also considered: Bobby Valentine, Mike Marshall, Darren Dreifort, Paul Konerko, Adrian Beltre, Clayton Kershaw, Gavin Lux.