Looking at Dodgers’ propects on Top 100 lists

Julio Urias might top this list next year. (Photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Loons)

Baseball America released its Top 100 prospects on MLB Network Wednesday night. This is the 25th year the publication has compiled such a list. With BA’s list, most of the big-time prospectors have checked in with some form of a Top 100. I’m going to look at the Dodger prospects who placed on each list and figure how they shape up.

Included in the data are Baseball America (John Manuel, J.J. Cooper, Ben Badler), Baseball Prospectus (Jason Parks), FanGraphs (Marc Hulet), ESPN (Keith Law), MLB.com (Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo) MLB Draft Insider (Chris Crawford) and Scout.com (Kiley McDaniel).

There are five prospects who ranked on these lists — only one of them failed to rank on all the lists (Chris Anderson). Zach Lee, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias ranked on all seven lists. They are the consensus four-best prospects in the system.

Player BA
Hulet KLaw
Avg. Rank
Corey Seager 37 44 28 18 34 26 25 30.3
Julio Urias 51 35 73 14 63 24 41 43
Joc Pederson 34 50 58 41 36 75 35 47
Zach Lee 95 84 71 75 64 57 76 74.6
Chris Anderson NR NR NR 96 NR 97 94 95.7

While Urias got the highest placement of any prospect (14 on Law’s list), it’s Seager who is the consensus best prospect in the system. Self-promotion: I ranked Seager as my No. 1 prospect in the system, and my first four match the first four here.

The biggest outlier is Pederson’s 75 from Crawford. If you look at the rest of his rankings, the 75 sticks out like Brandon League‘s 3-year contract. The biggest disparity is Urias’ 14 from Law and 73 from Hulet. A 17-year-old prospect will cause those disparities. Admittedly, 14 is a bit high for Urias — this year.

There are only two guys in danger of losing their prospect status after the season — Pederson and Lee. But that would mean things aren’t going particularly well in Los Angeles (probably). Anderson, with a good season, is primed to shoot up the lists on which he placed, and actually place on the others, next season.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.