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Who will be the TBLA's community's #11 prospect heading into 2013?
It was a close race, but Garrett Gould edged out Oneklis Garcia for the #9 prospect vote, bumping Garcia to the #10 spot. The entire list with some additional info can be found here, but here's a brief summary of the TBLA top 10 prospects heading into the 2013 season:
1) Yasiel Puig, OF
2) Zach Lee, RHP
3) Corey Seager, SS/3B
4) Joc Pederson, OF
5) Chris Reed, LHP
6) Matt Magill, RHP
7) Paco Rodriguez, LHP
8) Chris Withrow, RHP
9) Garrett Gould, RHP
10) Oneklis Garcia, LHP
So we have 3 hitters in the top ten (2 outfielders and 1 infielder) and 7 pitchers (4 right handers and 3 left handers). To be honest I'm not sure how this top 10 would stack up among other big league clubs, but I do think as a whole it is better than last year's group.
I've added a bunch of new names to vote for below, but still feel free to suggest any additional names you want added. Like last year we'll be conducting individual voting rounds until the #15 prospect, and then for #16 - #20 we'll have one final round of voting where you'll be able to rank the last 5 remaining prospects in a single vote.
Here are the candidates for the TBLA #11 prospect, and as always vote in this separate thread:
Alex Castellanos - OF/2B (26.25 years old) - Castle is another prospect who has already spent time in LA, and while he hit his first major league home run on the final day of the 2012 regular season, he didn't have success in limited big league playing time. In the minor leagues, however, Castellanos tore the cover off the ball and led the Isotopes with his 1.010 OPS. Because the Dodgers were trying to find a spot for his bat in the big leagues the organization used Alex and both 2nd and 3rd base while in AAA where he held his own defensively, but so far he's only played outfield in the big leagues. He's also currently playing in the outfield in the Venezuelan Winter League where he's hitting .306.
Tim Federowicz - C (25.25 years old) - The assumed understudy to AJ Ellis in 2013, FedEx has briefly appeared in LA in each of the past two seasons. The defensive minded catcher acquired in the Trayvon Robinson trade, Tim has actually hit quite well in Albuquerque including a .832 OPS in 2012 with 11 homers. However he did struggle in a brief stint in the Dominican Winter League that saw him hit just .167.
Scott Van Slyke - OF/1B (26.25 years old) - Van Slyke only accumulated 54 major league at bats in 2012 so he still qualifies for this list, and during that time he hit .167 with the Dodgers but did show some power with a couple of bombs. Down in AA and AAA over the past two seasons Scott has been extremely successful combining for an OPS of over 1.000 to go along with 38 homers. In the Venezuelan Winter League Van Slyke is batting just .230 but has smacked 7 homers in 26 games.
Jesmuel Valentin - SS (18.5 years old) - The Dodgers 2012 supplemental 1st round pick hit just .211 and had a .907 fielding % at shortstop in his professional debut with the Arizona Dodgers, but he is just 18 years old so it's too early to read too much into his stats at this point. He has great bloodlines, and his pre-draft scouting reports say that he plays solid defense, has a strong arm, is a slightly above average runner, and is a line drive hitter that can hit the ball from gap to gap. He's also a switch hitter, although he's still adjusting to hitting as a lefty.
Steven Ames - RHP (24.5 years old) - Ames, who was just recently added to the 40 man roster, has with a career 236 to 35 strikeout to walk ratio and a career 1.93 ERA. He's done nothing but impress since joining the organization and while he doesn't necessarily have a plus pitch, he has the ability to pitch to contact and get guys on a consistent basis. Last year in AA Steve had a 1.56 ERA, a 1.95 FIP, and a 10.2 K/9.
Aaron Miller - LHP (25 years old) - The Dodgers first pick in the 2009 draft, Miller is a left handed starter who has seen his velocity fluctuate over the past few years, but has always had a solid slider and a decent changeup. In 2011 injuries plagued Aaron's season, but he came back healthy in 2012 and while his numbers weren't eye popping in AA (4.45 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 8.15 K/9), he was a relatively consistent starter for the Lookouts. Because he wasn't added to the 40 man roster last week he'll be exposed in the upcoming Rule 5 draft.
Alfredo Silverio - OF (25.5 years old) - Silverio is a real wildcard after missing all of 2012 due to a devastating car crash he was involved in last January. One of the injuries he suffered caused him to have Tommy John surgery, so while he should return next year he almost certainly won't be ready for spring training. Considered by some to be the Dodgers top position prospect just one year ago, it's too early to tell if he'll be the same prospect he once was, although even at his best he didn't have the highest of ceilings and to some was considered to be a 4th outfielder type at the big league level.
Julio Urias - LHP (16 years old) - Not a lot is known about one of the Dodgers most significant international signees in recent memory (including his actual birth date and actual bonus amount), but Baseball America did have a scouting report on the Mexico native so I'll summarize that here. He's not all that tall at 6 feet, but is already reaching into the low 90's with his fastball and has good command of the pitch. His changeup is his best pitch, however, and some scouts think it will be plus-plus in the future.
Please use this post as the discussion thread, and cast your actual vote in this prospect voting post. For those of you who don't remember from last year, having the voting in a separate post makes it easier for me to count up the results.