Baseball America released its top 10 Dodgers prospects on Thursday, with Corey Seager leading a familiar trio at the top of the heap. Joc Pederson checks in at No. 2, followed by Julio Urias third.
Seager, 21 in April, hit .340/.402/.602 with 50 doubles and 20 home runs between Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga in 2014. The shortstop was rated by Ben Badler of Baseball America as his personal No. 6 overall prospect in baseball last week, with Badler adding, "There isn’t any disagreement internally here that Seager is one of the game’s truly elite prospects."
Pederson, who was first on the Dodgers' list heading into 2014, ranks second this year. Urias ranks third among Dodgers prospects, the same spot he held last year. The 18-year-old Urias was ranked by MLB.com on Wednesday as the top left-handed pitching prospect in baseball.
The trio was also atop the Baseball Prospectus Dodgers list, with Urias and Pederson switching spots.
"Aside from the Cubs, the Dodgers’ top three prospects are as strong as any other organization’s in baseball," wrote Badler. "After the vaunted trio, the Dodgers farm system is in a better place than it was a year ago because of the emergence of depth beyond them."
Top 2014 draft picks Grant Holmes and Alex Verdugo check in at fourth and fifth.
Pitcher Jose De Leon follows at sixth, then a pair of first-round picks check with Chris Anderson (2013) and Chris Reed (2011) and seventh and ninth, respectively.
Catcher Julian Leon, who turns 19 on Saturday, cracks the top 10 after hitting .332/.420/.565 with 12 home runs in 63 games for rookie-level Ogden in 2014.
Zach Lee, the Dodgers' first-round pick in 2010, ends a four-year stint in the top 10 Dodgers prospects, ranking second, first, fifth and fourth in the organization by Baseball America from 2011-2014.
Left-hand pitcher Tom Windle, recently traded to Philadelphia in the Jimmy Rollins deal, was ranked ninth in an earlier version of this list. The nearly 23-year old was the Dodgers 2nd round pick in the 2013 draft.
Badler will answer questions regarding the Dodgers' prospects at noon PT today.