Another list of top prospects was released and once again there were a few Los Angeles Dodgers on the list. Yesterday, ESPN baseball writer Keith Law released his farm system rankings and the Dodgers moved up seven spot to number 11.
However, this morning, Law released his top-100 rankings and five Dodger prospects made the list:
14. Julio Urias
18. Corey Seager
41. Joc Pederson
75. Zach Lee
96. Chris Anderson
The quartet of Urias, Seager, Pederson and Lee have been on most lists this off-season and provide the Dodgers with a core of potential prospects. Anderson was the team’s first-round draft pick this past season and will likely continue to climb as he progresses. With the Dodgers farm system considered so top heavy, it’s nice to see Anderson on the list.
This spring, Lee and Pederson were invited to big-league camp with the Dodgers to compete for a spot on the roster. The 21-year-old Pederson has a tougher road to the majors because of the Dodgers’ crowded outfield. They have four capable starting outfielders for three positions, leaving Pederson in the minors. On the other hand, the right-handed Lee could earn a spot in the starting rotation with a strong spring showing. Currently, the Dodgers have Josh Beckett in the fifth spot of the rotation, but he’s coming off surgery and was ineffective in eight starts last season.
Urias dominated Single-A last season as a 16-year-old to catapult himself into the talk for best Dodger prospect. He’s still a few years away from pitching in the major leagues, giving him time to develop his pitches further and climb the boards next winter. Seager is the Dodgers’ other teenage prospect, who’s sometimes considered the organization’s best bet to be a big-league star.
He was the youngest player in Advanced-A last season after being promoted to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, where he’ll likely begin this season. Seager could be moved to third base in the near future because of his size, although many believe he’s a natural shortstop. Anderson has spent just a few months in the Dodger organization but his potential is high after being drafted out of Jacksonville University this past June. The 21-year-old will continue to work and could see himself in the big leagues within the next two years.
The future is bright for the Dodgers and management’s focus on the farm system has begun to show, all in hopes of getting the team its’ first World Series since 1988.
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