It's that time of year for top prospect lists to be released, and the latest incarnation comes from Keith Law of ESPN, who released his organizational rankings on Tuesday. The Dodgers were rated as the 11th-best farm system in baseball by Law.
The player ratings haven't yet been released by Law (his top 100 prospects come on Wednesday), but he characterized the Dodgers' system as having "two elite guys at the top and three solid guys after, followed by a lot of reliever/fifth starter depth."
The Dodgers were rated by Law at No. 18 heading into 2013, though at midseason he noted they were one of the teams on the rise.
Here's a look at other Dodgers news:
- Speaking of top prospects, Dustin Nosler has revealed his top 50 prospects at Dodgers Digest, with accompanying scouting reports in groups of 10.
- Matt Kemp was part of the Dodgers community caravan on Monday at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, and he told Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, "I’m not rushing it back, but I’m definitely going to come back 110 percent and try to be the best centerfielder I can be."
- Kemp was also a guest on Petros and Money on KLAC 570 on Monday echoing similar sentiments that agent Dave Stewart said last week, that the center fielder likely wouldn't be ready on opening day in Australia. "What made me rush back so fast last year was, I know Hanley went down in the World Baseball Classic and he was one of our big hitters. I just thought I needed to come back sooner, and came back too fast," Kemp said. "I don't think I was as ready as I should have been."
- Yasiel Puig had his reckless driving charge dropped in Florida, per [shrug] TMZ Sports.
- Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten was named L.A. sports executive of the year for 2013 by the Los Angeles Sports Council, and will receive his award at a banquet on March 5.
- In case you missed it, here are a few videos from over the weekend. First is Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin honored by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters:
Second is Sandy Koufax introducing Clayton Kershaw picking up his second Cy Young Award at the BBWAA awards dinner in New York. "I want to say Clayton Kershaw is not my protege," Koufax said. "Clayton Kershaw is his own person, his own man, and he's done it all himself."