RANCHO CUCAMONGA -- The Dodgers closest affiliate, the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, will be arguably the most fun minor league team in the organization to watch in 2014. The Quakes released their opening 2014 roster on Monday, which includes top prospects Corey Seager and Julio Urias.
Seager was rated the top Dodgers prospect by MLB.com and had the highest average ranking (33.25) among the top 100 (or more) lists by MLB.com, ESPN, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. The shortstop, who turns 20 on April 27, was the youngest player in the California League upon his promotion to Rancho Cucamonga. He struggled in his first trip through the league, hitting .160/.246/.320 with four home runs in 27 games, but given his age and skillset figures to improve mightily in 2014.
Urias at 17 might be the most interesting prospect the Dodgers have had since Clayton Kershaw. He excelled in Class-A Great Lakes in 2013, putting up a 2.48 ERA with 67 strikeouts and just 16 walks in 54⅓ innings, at age 16. Urias was named the top Dodgers prospect by Baseball Prospectus and ESPN (Keith Law ranked Urias the 14th-best prospect in baseball), with an average rank among the aforementioned four sites as the No. 41 prospect in baseball.
On March 15 in Arizona, Urias made his Dodgers debut, pitching a scoreless inning against Padres major league hitters, with two strikeouts (Will Venable and Yonder Alonso). The 17-year-old said in 2014, "The goal is to finish in the big leagues, but if I can't do that at least get to Double-A."
Seager and Urias will be joined by the top three Dodgers draft picks from 2013, right-hander Chris Anderson, lefty Tom Windle, and third baseman Brandon Dixon.
Anderson, 22, was 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA in 12 starts with Great Lakes in 2013. He was the only other Dodger besides Seager, Urias, Joc Pederson and Zach Lee to show up on a top-100 list, ranked the No. 96 prospect by Law at ESPN. Anderson is scheduled to start the opener for Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday night at home against San Jose.
The Quakes will be managed in 2014 by P.J. Forbes, in his second season as a coach in the Dodgers organization. In 2013, Forbes managed the Arizona Rookie League Dodgers, which included Adam Law, James McDonald and Scott Wingo, all members of the 2014 Quakes.
Here is the full 26-man roster for Rancho Cucamonga:
|RHP||Chris Anderson||22||2013 (1st)|
|LHP||Tom Windle||22||2013 (2nd)|
|LHP||Julio Urias||17||FA (2012)|
|RHP||Lindsey Caughel||23||2012 (23rd)|
|RHP||Francisco Martinez||22||FA (2012)|
|RHP||Blake Smith||26||2009 (2nd)|
|RHP||Rob Rogers||23||2013 (32nd)|
|RHP||Luis Meza||23||FA (2009)|
|LHP||Daniel Coulombe||24||2012 (20th)|
|RHP||Owen Jones||25||2012 (19th)|
|LHP||Geoffrey Brown||24||FA (2012)|
|RHP||Matt Shelton||25||2011 (24th)|
|RHP||Freddie Cabrera||24||2011 (26th)|
|C||Pratt Maynard||24||2011 (3rd)|
|C||Jose Capellan||24||FA (2009)|
|1B||Chris Jacobs||25||2007 (17th)|
|1B||Tyler Ogle||23||2011 (9th)|
|2B||Adam Law||24||2013 (12th)|
|3B||Brandon Dixon||22||2013 (3rd)|
|SS||Corey Seager||20||2012 (1st)|
|IF||Scott Wingo||25||2011 (11th)|
|IF||Steven Proscia||24||FA (2014)|
|OF||Robbie Garvey||24||open tryout (2013)|
|OF||Jeremy Rathjen||24||2012 (11th)|
|OF||James McDonald||22||2013 (18th)|
|*Age as of June 30, 2014|