John Sickels has released his midseason top 75 prospects at Minor League Ball, and the Dodgers are well represented. The team has four prospects ranked by Sickels in the top 75, including a pair of top-50 selections in Joc Pederson and Corey Seager.
Pederson, who went 0-for-2 for the North Division on Wednesday in the Southern League All-Star Game, was ranked No. 31 by Sickels. Pederson, who at 21 leads the Southern League with a .903 OPS, was compared by Sickels to Red Sox third baseman Garin Cecchini. Sickels wrote this of Cecchini, but then called Pederson the Cecchini of outfielders:
I had him rated as a Grade B+ and on fringes of top 50 in January but let myself get talked down to a Grade B and out of the top 50 after reading too many scouting reports and not trusting my own eyes and instincts. Well, screw that. He kicks ass and many people are still too low on him.
Seager, the Dodgers' first round pick in 2012, is more than holding his own in the Midwest League at age 19, hitting .306/.394/.502 for Class-A Great Lakes. Sickels ranked Seager at No. 37, two spots lower than Baseball Prospectus had the shortstop in their midseason rankings.
Zach Lee, who at 21 is 7-6 with a 2.98 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 20 games, including 18 starts with Double-A Chattanooga, is ranked No. 61 by Sickels, who wrote of Lee, "For some reason he is actually getting less hype than in previous seasons, when his performance didn't quite match the press clippings. The performance has caught up with his reputation, but odd lack of buzz about it."
Julio Urias has 41 strikeouts and just 13 walks to go with a 2.80 ERA in 35⅓ innings in 10 starts with Class-A Great Lakes, which would be impressive in its own right before considering that Urias is just 16 years old. Urias, who was ranked No. 41 by Jason Parks at Baseball Prospectus, was ranked No. 75 by Sickels, though admittedly the young left-hander is hard to rank.
"Urias has dominated full-season ball at age 16 which is just about unheard of," Sickels wrote. "I really don't know where to put him just yet but he needs to be mentioned, so here he is."