LOS ANGELES -- Whatever order you want to put them in, the Dodgers have a consensus top three prospects, and on Friday all three were honored for their remarkable 2014 seasons. Julio Urias was named the Branch Rickey minor league pitcher of the year, while Corey Seager and Joc Pederson were co-winners of the Brancy Rickey minor league player of the year.
The awards have been given annually to the top position player and top pitcher in the Dodgers minor league system since 1989, and Pederson - who also won in 2012 - is the fifth two-time winner, joining players of the year Billy Ashley (1993-94) and Paul Konerko (1996-97), and pitchers of the year Chad Billingsley (2004-05) and James McDonald (2007-08).
Urias, in just his second professional season, dominated the California League, mostly at age 17. The left-hander put up a 2.36 ERA in 25 games, including 20 starts, with 109 strikeouts and 37 walks in 87⅔ innings for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Urias turned 18 on Aug. 12, and after his birthday finished his 2014 season with a flourish, allowing one run over his final four starts, with 31 strikeouts and just six walks in 20⅓ innings.
It was difficult to distinguish between Pederson and Seager, both of whom on MVP honors in 2014.
Pederson was named the Pacific Coast League MVP after hitting .303/.435/.582 for Triple-A Albuquerque and led the circuit in runs score (106), walks (100), on-base percentage and OPS. Pederson, 22, also hit 33 home runs and stole 30 bases, the first PCL player in 80 years to join the 30-30 club.
Pederson was among the Dodgers' September call-ups and in his first big league stint so far is 3-for-21 (.143) with eight walks (.379 on-base percentage) and nine strikeouts.
Seager won California League MVP honors despite playing only 80 games for Rancho Cucamonga. The 20-year-old was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga in July, and hit a combined .349/.402/.602 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI and 89 runs scored in 118 games across both levels.
Seager hit .345/.381/.534 in 38 games with the Lookouts in his first experience in Double-A, and on the season hit 50 doubles, just the second Dodgers minor leaguer in the last 60 years to do so.
All three players will be honored on the field at Dodger Stadium before Friday night's game against the Rockies.