Since the Guggenheim group took control of the Los Angeles Dodgers their focus on assembling a competitive team at the Major League level and replenishing the farm system that had been depleted under Frank McCourt’s watch was unmistakable.
Multiple years later, the Dodgers are seeing the fruits of their labor. Resisting outside pressure last season and this year to trade Joc Pederson, Corey Seager or Julio Urias, and a diligent front office has led to the club boasting three of the best prospects in all of baseball and one of the deepest talent pools.
Pederson of course splashed onto the scene in 2015 and now Seager has since being called up. Although now in the Majors, Seager was recognized for his success with Triple-A Oklahoma City as he was named Baseball America’s 2015 Triple-A Player of the Year. Seager also made the Triple-A All-Star team, which includes teammate Austin Barnes.
Like Seager, Barnes is currently with the big league club. While Seager may be the more touted of the two, it was Barnes who reached the Majors first this season as the Dodgers lost A.J. Ellis and Yasmani Grandal to injury.
Barnes began the season with the OKC Dodgers, appearing in 81 games and batting .315/.389/.479. Seager was with Double-A Tulsa on Opening Day and received a promotion to Triple-A after playing in 20 games for the Drillers. Seager finished batting .278/.332/.451 in 105 games with Oklahoma City.
With Ellis and Grandal splitting the bulk of catching duties, it’s no surprise Seager has received more playing time than Barnes this month. The 21-year-old shortstop has appeared in 10 games (nine starts) and torn the cover off the ball. Barnes has made 13 appearances with the Dodgers, but only three (one start) since being called up in September.