On Friday MLB.com revealed their list of Top-100 prospects, which includes four Los Angeles Dodgers — three of which are in ranked inside the top 13. That’s the same number the Dodgers placed on last year’s list, though they traded out their 2010 first-rounder for the 2014 model. Let’s take a look at some familiar faces and the newest Dodger farmhand to earn Top-100 honors.
95. Grant Holmes, RHP
Less than a year after being drafted, Holmes has established himself as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. The South Carolina native surprisingly lasted until the 22nd pick in the first round and the Dodgers snatched him up.
Holmes went to the Arizona League and dominated, earning a late-season promotion to Ogden where he had mixed results. Still, talent evaluators were impressed by his power stuff. Holmes has reached 100 mph with his fastball in the past and touches the mid 90s with regularity.
The 18 year old also adds a power breaking ball in the low 80s that’s a swing and miss pitch. He’ll need to work on his changeup and command as he moves up the ladder. Holmes should start 2015 in Low-A Great Lakes, with the potential to reach High A Rancho Cucamonga late in the season.
13. Joc Pederson, CF
Dodgers fans are already somewhat familiar with Pederson, who made his big-league debut last September but only saw sporadic playing time. The 22 year old struggled in his 38 plate appearances, but earned rave reviews for his performance in Triple-A Albuquerque.
Pederson became the first player in 80 years to put up a 30 home run, 30 stolen base line in the Pacific Coast League. He’s the club’s best center field option entering Spring Training and the favorite to win the starting job by Opening Day. He needs to cut down on the strikeouts, but he should offer plenty of value to the team for this season and many seasons to come.
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