Four Dodgers Make Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects List
On the 25th anniversary of the Baseball America list, four Dodgers made the grade.
Joc Pederson, Baseball America’s top prospect in the Dodgers’ system, led the way at #34. The 21 year old batted .278/.381/.497 with 22 home runs and 31 stolen bases last year for Double A Chattanooga. An 11th rounder in 2010, Joc displays five average or better tools and should make his major league debut in 2014.
Corey Seager ranked #37 after his first full season in pro ball. The 19 year old batted .269/.351/.473 between Low A Great Lakes and High A Rancho Cucamonga, though he tired at the end of the year and struggled through both Rancho and the Arizona Fall League. At 6’4 and 215 lbs, many evaluators project him to move from short stop to third base, where he still figures to be valuable on both sides of the ball.
Julio Urias , who checked in at #51, received an undisclosed bonus (believed to be in excess of $1 million) after his 16th birthday in late 2012. The Dodgers could have been cautious with the young lefty, but instead they decided to challenge him with an assignment to Low A Great Lakes and the Mexican native thrived. He struck out 67 batters in 54.1 innings, displaying maturity and acuity well beyond his years and throwing three pitches for strikes. He should be challenged once again in 2014, with an assignment to High A Rancho Cucamonga.
Zach Lee, the Dodgers’ 1st rounder from 2010, rounded out the list at #95. After failing to live up to the hype that accompanied his $5.25 million bonus, scouts began to regain their affection with Lee after a strong performance in Double A Chattanooga. The 21 year old posted a 3.22 ERA in 28 games, striking out 131 and walking just 35. His four pitch mix plays up due to his command, though none of his offerings stands out. He’s on the verge of pitching in the big leagues and should earn his first major league start sometime this season.
ICYMI: Here’s where contract extension talks are between the Dodgers and Hanley Ramirez