Quite a bit has changed since the 2013 MiLB season began in April, and folks have been clamoring for a mid-season prospect list. Well, here it is, 50-deep. But before we get into it, a quick primer on the criteria for this top 50: There was no specific timetable considered, so the rankings below can be considered a dynasty league list. You’ll notice that the ETA’s here range from this season all the way to 2016. To prevent any overlap with lists that Grey and JayWrong put together last week, I’ve included only prospects who are currently in the minor leagues. That means I had to remove Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick from the board after news of their call-ups — Yelich was #7, Marisnick #40. It also means I couldn’t list Carlos Martinez, who’s currently working in relief for the Cardinals — he would’ve been ranked right around #20.
Anyway, I’ll be writing notes on all of these fellas during the off-season, once the dust has settled on the 2013 season and I’ve had a chance to take a more thorough look at depth charts, injuries, etc. For now, I’ve included only a few pertinent details: age, current level, fantasy impact categories, and ETA. Each player is linked to his player card on Baseball-Reference.com, or his Razzball player card where possible. My hope is that this list will help dynasty leaguers sort out their rosters as keeper deadlines approach. Enjoy. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2012 (23) | 2011 (12) | 2010 (21) | 2009 (23) | 2008 (6)
2012 Affiliate Records
MLB: [86-76] NL West
AAA: [80-64] Pacific Coast League – Albuquerque
AA: [73-65] Southern League – Chattanooga
A+: [68-72] California League – Rancho Cucamonga
A: [67-73] Midwest League – Great Lakes
Arizona Fall League Players — Mesa Solar Sox
Eric Eadington (LHP); Onelki Garcia (LHP); Red Patterson (RHP); Chris Reed (LHP); Andres Santiago (RHP); Gorman Erickson (C)
Graduated Prospects of Note
Nathan Eovaldi (RHP); Shawn Tolleson (RHP); Josh Lindblom (RHP)
The Run Down Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Dodgers entered the 2012 season with a deep farm system, flush with solid pitching prospects. It was also a system that was virtually void of high-impact talent. Almost a year later, though, the system has a different look. Thanks to blockbuster trades with Boston and Miami, the pitching depth has shrunk considerably — Nate Eovaldi and Allen Webser were top three arms in the organization. The high-impact outlook has only improved, however, after signing the touted Cuban outfielder, Yasiel Puig. The aforementioned blockbuster trades have given LA an experienced and pricey MLB roster, but they’ve also clogged any prospect throughways that previously existed. Barring injury in the outfield or the rotation (which certainly is a possibility), I don’t foresee much prospect turnover in 2013.
I spend most of my time here focusing on prospects who’re nearing their big league debuts. Today, though, I’m gonna be discussing some guys a little further out. In these rankings, talent trumps all – although, I broke that rule a few times based on lack of experience (see Bundy, Sano, Starling). Please, blog, may I have some more?
Los Angeles Dodgers 2011 Minor League Review
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America:
2012 (23) | 2011 (12) | 2010 (21) | 2009 (23) | 2008 (6) | 2007 (6) | 2006 (2)
2011 Affiliate Records
MLB: [82-79] NL West
AAA: [70-74] Pacific Coast League – Albuquerque
AA: [77-62] Southern League – Chattanooga
A+: [80-60] California League – Rancho Cucamonga
A: [72-67] Midwest League – Great Lakes
R: [34-22] Pioneer League – Ogden
The Run Down
While none of them is particularly interesting, the Dodgers have quite a few prospects who are close to helping in some capacity at the Major League level. Among the pitchers, there isn’t much drawing excitement outside of Zach Lee, and even he doesn’t quite project as the frontline arm you expect from the organization’s top prospect. There is depth here, though. LA is loaded with mid-rotation and bullpen arms who’ll be pitching in the bigs before long. Please, blog, may I have some more?