A day after it was announced that several top prospects were invited to Spring Training, another list of top Los Angeles Dodger prospects was released.
Outfielder Joc Pederson and right-hander Zach Lee are often considered the team’s top prospects but a different name topped this list. According to Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus, a 17-year-old left-hander was at the head of the list:
1. LHP Julio Urias
2. SS Corey Seager
3. CF Joc Pederson
4. RHP Zach Lee
5. RHP Chris Anderson
6. LHP Chris Reed
7. RHP Ross Stripling
8. LHP Tom Windle
9. LHP Onelki Garcia
10. RHP Victor Arano
Urias spent last season in Single-A with the Great Lakes Loons as a 16-year-old. He finished the year 2-0 with a 2.48 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. The teenager was recently named the fifth-best left-handed pitching prospect by MLB Pipeline. Number two on the list is another teenager in shortstop Corey Seager, who was recently ranked as the sixth-best shortstop prospect. Seager spent most of last season with the Loons before being called up to Advanced-A and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He’s being projected as the Dodgers’ shortstop within the next few years.
Pederson, Lee, Stripling and Reed have been invited to Spring Training and will be trying to force themselves on the major-league roster. Lee and Pederson have long been considered the team’s top two prospects and are the closest to reaching the big leagues. Garcia is already on the 40-man roster and will be competing for a spot in the Dodgers bullpen.
Anderson was the team’s top draft pick in the 2013 draft out of Jacksonville University and started 12 games for the Loons last season. He was 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 46 innings. The Dodgers’ second-round draft pick in 2013 was Windle, who went on to go 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 12 starts for the Loons. Arano is probably the least familiar name from the list. He’s an 18-year-old from Mexico and appeared in 13 games for the Arizona League Dodgers.
The list is very pitching-heavy and should give the Dodgers plenty of arms for the future.
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