Top Baseball Prospects for 2016 and Beyond
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Top Dodgers Prospects for 2016
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The younger sibling of Seattle's Kyle, young Corey Seager is a similar infielder with bat speed that might actually be better than his big brother's. At the very least, scouts aren't taking the Seager name for granted, anymore. Corey has risen swiftly through the ranks to become one of the most coveted farm assets in baseball. While he may be destined for third base someday, for now the path looks clear for him to take over as LA's everyday shortstop in 2016.
More Scouting Book Info on Corey Seager
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SB 14 BA 23 SC 21 BP 28 SN ES 60 ML 24
A very young lefthander who is raising eyebrows all over minor league ball with his electric filth*, Julio Urias is one of the most intriguing prospects in the Dodger system today. His stuff is plus-plus, and while there are concerns about his slight frame and ability to handle an MLB workload, the youngster is in good hands, and if anyone can maximize his potential as he grows, it's the Dodger coaching crew. While his raw stuff is MLB-level already, he's got enough to learn that he really should spend another full year in the minors. Let's see if the Dodgers have enough patience for that.
* Note: also a great name for a punk-jazz fusion band.
More Scouting Book Info on Julio Urias
SB 18 BA 4 SC 7 BP 6 SN ES 5 ML 4
Kenta Maeda is the latest established Japanese pitcher to land with the LA Dodgers, a team that has never shown any fear of signing foreign-born starters.
A control righthander who works a mix of two- and four-seam fastballs in the low-90's, Maeda had a successful and full career in Japanese baseball, spending seven seasons with the Hiroshima Carp before his posting. He built up an impressive 2.44 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP during those seasons of work, while striking out 1,058 batters in 1,303 innings of work. He also owns a tidy set of ten complete game shutouts. Maeda's secondary pitches (a decent slider, a below-average curve and a so-so changeup) have scouts divided on his likely success rate in America. While fastball velocity and control usually translates well, the physical differences between US and Japanese baseballs, as well as the significant differences between approaches taken by Japanese and American batters, makes the effectiveness of breaking balls much more difficult to evaluate.
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The brother of prospect Colby, young Grant Holmes is probably the stronger pitcher, mixing a fastball that has touched 100mph with a hard, sharp-breaking curve and a promising change. He'll need to use his changeup more at the next level, though it does show some promise. He already looks like a quality reliever, but if he can convince the big league staff that he can handle the workload, he'll be given a chance to start first.
More Scouting Book Info on Grant Holmes
SB 67 BA 72 SC 43 BP 40 SN ES 71 ML 62
SB 81 BA SC BP SN ES ML 95
Clay Bellinger's son Cody comes with all the expected baseball DNA intact, but he's a different sort of player, less fleet but more gifted with a power stroke that could translate into 30 home runs in MLB one day. In the field he's probably only a first baseman, though a very quick and smooth one who could be a defensive star at the position. A student of the game in more ways that one, he's been known to study statistics and scouting reports in great depth to prepare himself for opponents and to help sharpen his own approach day to day. He'll try to keep on the path to AA in 2016.
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SB 93 BA 54 SC BP SN ES 92 ML
An IFA signed out of Cuba by Los Angeles in the winter of 2015 for a $15.5 million bonus, outfielder Yusniel Diaz is a high-ceilinged, raw talent who could break into MLB very quickly. Of course, the same could be said of the last seven or eight Cuban players signed by the Dodgers. While players like Alex Guerrero and Yasiel Puig certainly have come to contribute at the major league level, even those successes haven't lived up to their price tags yet.
A likely rookie of the year in Cuba before he defected, Diaz was leading the Cuban Serie Nacional league in batting average, slashing .348/.447/.440 while showing a more patient batting approach than most young players, let alone most young Cuban players. Combine that plate maturity with his plus speed and developing power, and you have the makings of a potential impact bat. Give him a year to attack the minors and we'll see if this latest Dodger gamble pays off.
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SB 131 BA 100 SC BP SN ES 51 ML
A skinny, electric righthander from Matanzas, Cuba, Dodger prospect Yadier Alvarez didn't show much success in Cuba but certainly captured everyone's attention with his 98mph fastball. The Dodgers believed strongly enough to pony up $16 million for the 19 year old (and another $16M in penalties to MLB), which means... something. The swing-and-miss potential of his fastball is undeniable, but his slider and change don't impress anyone yet. Until he shows something other than heat, we're filing Alvarez deep in the high-risk / high-reward basket.
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SB 151 BA SC BP 78 SN ES ML
A mature prospect who could rise to the top of the Dodger depth chart at catcher at any time, Austin Barnes appeared in 20 games for the big club in 2015, though never behind the plate. A converted infielder still learning receiving skills, he nonetheless has the makeup and physicality enough to move quickly, especially if the thin Dodger depth at catcher gives way.
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SB 177 BA SC BP SN ES ML