Since the Guggenheim Partners took over, they have made it a point to improve the team in Los Angeles, as well as their farm system.
They have invested money into the draft and international signings in the past couple years and their efforts are starting to become recognized.
According to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ official Twitter account, there were two prospects invited to the 2014 Futures Game:
Corey Seager and Julio Urias have been selected for the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game: http://t.co/9DKZrexCvb
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 24, 2014
Corey Seager, a first round draft pick out of Northwest Cabarrus High School and little brother to the Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager, has boasted impressive numbers for the Dodgers’ Class-A Advanced California League affiliate. The 6’4 shortstop has recorded a .353 batting average (second overall), 1.019 on-base percentage (first overall), 27 doubles (first overall), 13 home runs (tied sixth overall) , 52 RBIs (tied sixth) and five steals in 65 games played for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
The left-handed slugger has been seeing both right-handed and left-handed pitchers very well. He owns a .349 batting average against lefties and a .354 batting average against righties, making him a match-up nightmare for opposing pitchers.
Julio Urias, a former Diablo Rojo in the Mexican League, signed a free agent contract with the Dodgers on August 23, 2012. He has been featured in 14 games, starting 11 of the 14. The young left-hander owns a 1-1 record with a 3.35 ERA and 48 strikeouts. Urias has settled into a starting role, having a 3.23 ERA as opposed to a 4.05 ERA out of the bullpen.
Urias made his minor-league debut at age 16 with Class-A Great Lakes in the Midwest League. He also started a spring training game for the Dodgers, striking out two batters in one inning. Dodgers’ scouts discovered Urias in the same trip to Mexico that brought them Yasiel Puig.
Both young stars are considered top prospects for the Dodgers and look to make a big impact in the future for the club.
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