Keith Law dropped his Top 100 prospects list today, and seven Dodgers made the cut — just not in the order you might expect.
1. Corey Seager
5. Julio Urias
51. Alex Verdugo
60. Jose De Leon
71. Grant Holmes
77. Yusniel Diaz
92. Cody Bellinger
That makes three No. 1 overall rankings for Seager, who is looking like the consensus top prospect in the game. We’ll see where Baseball America and FanGraphs rank him.
Urias has cemented himself as a Top 5 prospect in the game, which ain’t too shabby.
The biggest surprise here might be the fact De Leon dropped so much. He was No. 25 in Law’s midseason ranking, but slid all the way to 60 here. Law gave some valid reasons for the drop, but I’m not sure I agree with them all from everything I’ve heard and seen.
Law is the first prospector to be this bullish on Verdugo. He said he has 20-home run ability, high batting average potential and a plus defender in right field. I’m excited to see what Verdugo can do in 2016.
No. 71 seems to be on the low end for Holmes, but the stuff is unquestioned. His command is the biggest question mark.
Diaz makes the cut in another Top 100 (101) list. I’ve said it before: the Dodgers didn’t give him $15.5 million because of his charming personality.
Oh look, a Bellinger sighting. He just missed the cut in MLB’s Top 100 and was relatively close in Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101. With another strong showing in 2016, he could be in the Top 50. Shameless plug: He’s going to be on the next episode of the podcast.
Law also ranked the Dodgers’ farm system as second-best in baseball, only behind the Braves’ system. Even with Seager’s graduation and the potential for others to jump, the Dodger farm system appears to have a bright future — and it isn’t just us talking about it.