While Spring Training games didn’t begin until Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been in camp for over two weeks, which has given manager Don Mattingly and the coaches time to watch and evaluate young prospects who are in camp.
One of the prospects, Joc Pederson, is expected to make the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster as the starting center fielder, whereas others, such as, Corey Seager and Julio Urias provide a promising glimpse into the future.
As the prospects have continued to impress, Mattingly has enjoyed getting the opportunity to watch them. “It’s a fun camp because you got a lot of young players you can take a look at late in the game,” he said. “It’s kind of fun to have Seager and Barnes and Sweeney and Schebler and all these guys getting at bats that you get a chance to look at.”
The young left-handed Julio Urias made his spring debut Friday, and prior to that turned heads in a live batting practice session earlier this week.
On top of drafting well in recent years, the Dodgers have placed an emphasis on not trading any of their top prospects — Pederson, Seager and Urias. The reluctance to include any one of the trio is certainly warranted as several publications have ranked them among the best Minor League players.
Eventually, Pederson, Seager and Urias will reach the Majors, but so long as the Dodgers’ front office continues to focus on sustained long-term success, the farm system should be restored with better depth throughout the organization.
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