Dodgers’ prospects, as ranked by others

Spring training is well underway and that means prospect season — for the most part — is over. Here’s now Dodger prospects fared on the Top 100+ lists of the five most prominent publications.

Dodgers’ prospects in Top 100+ lists

Player Baseball America Baseball Prospectus ESPN (Keith Law) FanGraphs Average
Seager 5 7 5 6 7 6
Urias 11 10 9 4 8 8.4
Pederson 8 18 28 11 14 15.8
Holmes 75 79 79 89 96 83.6

Corey Seager is a consensus Top 6 prospect in baseball. The Dodgers haven’t had a guy rank this highly since the days of Clayton Kershaw (not for long since he was quick to the majors) and the failed prospect trio of Joel Guzman, Andy LaRoche and Greg Miller. Keith Law’s ranking of Joc Pederson stands out a little, but he’s still a consensus Top 15 prospect in baseball. That seems about right. Oh, and 18-year-old Julio Urias is a Top 8 prospect. That’s just insane.

Here’s how the prospects stack up within the system.

Consensus Dodgers’ Top 10 prospects

Player Baseball America Baseball Prospectus ESPN (Keith Law) FanGraphs Average
Seager 1 1 1 2 1 1.2
Urias 3 2 2 1 2 2
Pederson 2 3 3 3 3 2.8
Holmes 4 4 4 4 4 4
Verdugo 5 9 5 5 5 5.8
Anderson 7 6 8 6 6 6.6
De Leon 6 7 9 7 7 7.2
Lee 12 5 6 9 14 9.2
Sweeney 15 8 7 12 8 10
Schebler 8 10 11 14 9 10.4

For reference, my Top 10 has all of the same players listed above — just not in the same order. That’s fine. We all know how’s right anyway.

And finally, where the Dodgers rank as an organization.

Consensus Dodgers’ Organizational Ranking

Baseball America Baseball Prospectus ESPN (Keith Law) FanGraphs Average
3 3 10 7 6 5.8

The system overall is in as good shape as it has been in a decade. With the new front office, it doesn’t figure to take a a major step back. Now, the system probably won’t be this strong after the 2015 season: Pederson will have graduated, while Zach Lee has an outside chance of joining him. After 2016, Seager and Urias will have certainly graduated, while Chris Anderson, Jose De Leon, Scott Schebler, Darnell Sweeney and the like will have either graduated or been traded. That would leave the Dodgers with guys like Grant Holmes, Alex Verdugo, Julian Leon and some unknown future draftees/international signings (Yadier Alvarez? Starling Heredia?) to add to the list. Contending teams don’t tend to have Top 5 farm systems for long, as they’re either graduating players or using them to acquire pieces to add to the MLB roster.We’ve seen some evidence that it plans to go big on the international market and, despite attempts by other teams, it has yet to trade any prospect of significant value. In fact, it actually acquired a piece like Austin Barnes to add to the stable. We’ll see how the draft is run by this new group and scouting director Billy Gasparino, but things are definitely looking up for the Dodgers’ system.

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.