July 8, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; World pitcher Chris Reed delivers a pitch during the third inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Baseball America Ranks Top Dodgers Prospects for 2013


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:

 

1. Hyun-Jin Ryu, lhp
2. Yasiel Puig, of
3. Corey Seager, ss
4. Joc Pederson, of
5. Zach Lee, rhp
6. Chris Reed, lhp
7. Onelki Garcia, lhp
8. Paco Rodriguez, lhp
9. Matt Magill, rhp
10. Ross Stripling, rhp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of the 2012 top prospects are not even with the organization any longer. Allen Webster, Nathan Eovaldi, Alfredo Silverio, Josh Lindblom amongst many other prospects were traded away or lost to the Rule 5 Draft in the case of Silverio. Even though the Dodgers lost some depth in their pitching ranks, they had a solid draft selection class and have made huge leaps and bounds when it comes to jumping back into the international market. The Dodgers farm system is still not one of the best, but it has certainly improved.

Hyun-Jin Ryu has popped up on many top prospect lists, and although I think that he will be one of the most interesting players to watch in 2013, he isn’t much of a prospect. After all, Hyun-Jin Ryu has been an accomplished pitcher with the Hanwa Eagles since 2006. Nevertheless, ranking him at the very top seems a bit of an overvalue.

Joc Pederson’s position and upward momentum is agreeable. Pederson and Seager will most likely be solid everyday position players in a few years.

Zach Lee seems to have slipped down in ranking on many prospect writers’  lists this offseason. After slotting in at No. 1 last year, he is now down to No. 5. Many think that his ceiling isn’t as high as it once was, but Baseball America still cited his changeup as the best in the Dodger prospect class.

Onelki Garcia is very intriguing, especially with that rumored nasty curve, but he seems to be ranked a little high on this list. I see him rounding out the top ten, yet the small sample size we saw from him at the tail end of the season was quite impressive.  He may even break into AA sometime this season.

Ross Stripling snuck in at No. 10, and that was a bit of a surprise. Chris Withrow failed to break into the top 10.

 

Here is my compiled list for the top 10 Dodgers prospects:

1. Zach Lee LHP

2. Yasiel Puig OF

3. Corey Seager SS

4. Chris Reed LHP

5. Joc Pederson OF

6. Matt Magill RHP

7. Chris Withrow RHP

8. Garret Gould RHP

9. Onelki Garcia LHP

10. Tim Federowicz C

 

I’d like to hear your top 10 prospect list for the Dodgers. Who do you feel is their No. 1 prospect? We will have continued prospect coverage here at Lasorda’s Lair including a more comprehensive look at our top 10 prospects.

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  • letsgododgers

    I Haven’t done enough research to put together a top 10. I only have a somewhat clear understanding of the top 5 in BAs top 10 and even still im no expert. but I’ll try. Ill play along…

    1.
    Hyun-Jin Ryu, lhp – One of the top arms in the KBO over the past decade. BA positioning him at the top spot reinforces my optimism . Yeah, I guess he shouldn’t really be a prospect, but placing him anywhere but 1st on this list would have me worried since in the rotation from day one. So I believe in the guy.

    2.
    Yasiel Puig, of – 5-tool player. Didn’t play for like a year and still did well in Rancho. Cant wait to see what one full season in the minors brings.

    3.
    Corey Seager, ss – Loved the pick. His older brother Kyle said Corey was the better ball player of the two, and Kyle moved through Seattle’s system in a hurry! Did Good work with a bat in his hands. SS/3B is his for the taking.

    4.
    Joc Pederson, of – All around great player. Projected to make the Majors at some point. Solid bet.

    5.
    Zach Lee, rhp – Id only think he’d get 5th because of his slow progression. When he did make it to AA, he struggled a little, but found his footing and towards the end of the season did pretty well. Being #5 in this group of players ain’t a bad thing.

    Reeds been pretty meh. Everyone else after were very nice surprises. Its pretty touchy feely, but I like how their list shaped up.

    What a difference a year makes! I welcome our new overlords :)

    • Stacie Wheeler

      Great list!

  • Adrian Garcia

    So just asking, Stacie, Hyun Jin Ryu isn’t a prospect in your mind right?

    • Stacie Wheeler

      Not so much, but if I was to rank him on the top 10 list I would put him in fourth behind Seager.