Corey Seager 5.4.14

Three Dodgers Among ESPN’s Top 25 Prospects

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I have to be honest: I don’t really look at the standings until July. All that matters is how the Dodgers do, because they have no control (other than head-to-head meetings) against what the other NL teams are doing. So yeah, it’s a bummer that they’re 7.5 games out in the West, but the Giants can’t play like this forever (um, probably) and either way, they’re tied for a wild card spot right now. The standings matter less than this team taking care of business, and they really haven’t: they’re 5-5 in their last 10, 10-10 in their last 20, 15-15 in their last 30.

But anyway, the point here isn’t to talk about the disappointments of the big league Dodgers. It’s to focus on the fact that there really is hope in the minors, and that’s illustrated best by ESPN’s Keith Law, who did an updated Top 25 prospect list in advance of June’s draft. Byron Buxton, as expected, is still No. 1, and the Twins, Astros, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Rockies, and Cubs all had two players on the list.

The only team with three? Your Los Angeles Dodgers with Corey Seager at No. 11,  Julio Urias at No. 15, and Joc Pederson at No. 21. Seager is up 7 spots from Law’s preseason lists, Urias down one, and Pederson up 20. This is, of course, only one man’s opinion, and being a top prospect doesn’t always mean that that being a top player is guaranteed, as Greg Miller, Chuck Tiffany, Andy LaRoche, Joel Guzman and so many others will remind you, and this doesn’t mean the Dodgers have the best overall farm system in baseball. (They don’t.) But it does mean that as the major league team continues to frustrate, this isn’t an organization that is entirely invested in the expensive major league roster. No other team has as many top 25 prospects. It’s a nice thing to say.


About

Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


312 comments
P_F_P
P_F_P

OMFG THREAT LEVEL MIDNIGHT!

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It's still not even threat level midnight.

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I feel like we could have offered Tanaka 7/$156m.

efb
efb

GNATS LOST OMG IM SO HAPPY

deblueDodger
deblueDodger

Tanaka... shakes head. I hate the Yankees

Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

So the game is a nationally televised game. I guess we'll have to hear non-stop about how disappointing the Dodgers have been and how Harold Reynolds thinks the Giants will win the division.

KMT59
KMT59

So with the game being on Fox and everyone seeing it live...I won't be super future...yea

PJ14
PJ14

@LA_Woman  not sure if I should like this. Is HK being engulfed?

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P_F_P

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

@LuckyLouie prospects happen

none are "for sure", it's far more likely that a top 100 BA prospect doesn't make the big leagues than a top 100 BA prospect becomes even a solid regular

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Barney G Think Harold is in Boston. We get the B-team

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@KMT59 ...I'll be watching on mlb.tv, so you still will be.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@KMT59 (Fox is showing a different game here)

P_F_P
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@deBlue @P_F_P Idk. People here have gotten so depressed about the team lately that they're not even bothering with the grimaces anymore.