Spring Training finally arrived and the Los Angeles Dodgers started camp with three of the top 10 prospects in baseball according to Baseball America. The renowned publication announced its annual Top-100 Prospects List on Thursday and placed a quartet of Dodger farmhands on this year’s rankings.
Heading up the list for the Dodgers was shortstop Corey Seager, the club’s near-consensus top prospect, at No. 5. The 2012 first-rounder is coming off a season in which he batted .349 with 50 doubles and 20 home runs between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga.
A non-roster invitee to the big league camp, Seager is learning as much as he can, though figures to begin the 2015 season back in the Minors. However, he should compete for a starting job next year.
Next up is Joc Pederson, checking in at No. 8 overall. The 22-year-old center fielder became the first player to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the Pacific Coast League in 80 years during the 2014 season, then briefly saw action with the big club in September.
Pederson is expected to fight for the starting center-field job as he has little left to prove at the Minor League level.
Rounding out the trio of top-10 talent is Julio Urias at No. 10. The 18-year-old Mexican phenom dominated High-A in 2014 and now sets his sights on Double-A for 2015. While he needs to develop more stamina to endure a full season’s workload, the precocious lefty could at some point make his Major League debut as a teenager; it just may not be in 2015.
Finally, the Dodgers’ 2014 first-rounder, Grant Holmes, rounds out the Dodgers’ presence in Baseball America’s list at No. 74. Splitting time between the club’s rookie league affiliates in his debut, Holmes showed off two promising pitches with his mid 90s fastball and hard breaking ball. He’ll likely start 2015 in A ball but could move quickly.
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