Baseball America recently ranked the top 10 Dodgers prospects in their annual list. Here are their picks for the best players in the Dodgers farm system:
It’s no surprise that right-handed pitcher Zach Lee tops the list. Zach Lee, the 20-year old from McKinney, Texas was drafted by the Dodgers in the 1st round (#28) of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft, receiving a $5.25 million signing bonus. Lee made his debut in the Dodgers organization for the Great Lakes Loons in the class A Midwest League in 2011. He made 24 starts for the Loons, and finished with a 9-6 record and 3.47 ERA.
The number two Dodgers prospect is another right-handed pitcher. Allen Webster, 21, was selected by the Dodgers in the 18th round of the 2008 draft and began his career with the Gulf Coast Dodgers in 2008. In 2009 he mostly played with the Arizona League Dodgers and in 2010 pitched with the Great Lakes Loons and went 12-9 with a 2.88 ERA and had 114 strikeouts. In 2011 he started 9 games for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and was 5-2 with a 2.33 ERA before a mid-season promotion to the AA Chattanooga Lookouts.
Nathan Eovaldi, who we got to see pitch for a bit last season with the Dodgers, is ranked in third place. Tim Federowicz (FedEx) rounds out the list in tenth. On July 31, 2011 the Dodgers received FedEx when he was traded as part of a three-team trade that sent Erik Bedard to the Red Sox and Trayvon Robinson (a former top prospect) to the Seattle Mariners.
Look for more in depth looks at these and other Dodgers prospects here on Lasorda’s Lair in the future.