Baseball Prospectus unveiled its top 10 Dodgers prospects for 2015 on Thursday, with shortstop Corey Seager atop the list, and a pair of 2014 draft picks joining the Big Three in the top 10.
Seager was described by Nick Faleris and the Baseball Prospectus staff as "one of the game's elite prospect talents," and described his 2014 incarnation, which included California League MVP honors plus a promotion to Double-A, as "a beautifully destructive offensive force."
BP also estimates Seager's arrival in the big leagues at some point in 2015.
Julio Urias, who was ranked the club's top prospect by BP in 2014, slides to No.2 this year though still figures to rank highly overall among all of baseball. Urias was called by BP "a teenage pitching savant" with an estimated time of arrival in the major leagues in 2016. When he's 19.
Joc Pederson was rated third for a second consecutive year, projected realistically as an above-average regular going forward, with potential to be a first-division regular and an All-Star.
Dodgers 2014 first-round draft pick Grant Holmes was ranked the fourth-best Dodgers prospect after striking out 58 with only 13 walks in 48 innings in rookie ball in his professional debut. Holmes, who as a starter works "comfortably 93 to 95 mph, showing quality life," is projected by BP as a potential No. 2 starter, with a realistic fallback option as a major league closer.
Second-round draft pick Alex Verdugo also made the list, checking in at No. 9 after the outfielder hit .353/.421/.511 with 31 extra-base hits in 54 games in rookie ball in his professional debut.
Darnell Sweeney, who checked in as the Dodgers' No. 14 prospect by our David Hood, was ranked No. 8 by Baseball Prospectus, praising his bat speed, willingness to walk, overall speed, and potential for a super-utility role in the majors.
Other prospects who didn't quite make the top 10 at Baseball Prospectus but are noted as on the rise are catcher Julian Leon - "The overall value will be tied primarily to the progression of his defense, but the bat could make the profile, and already looks to be on the right developmental track." - followed by pitcher A.J. Vanegas - ranked No. 19 by Hood - and pitcher Kam Uter, drafted by the Dodgers in the 12th round in 2014.
Overall, Baseball Prospectus thinks quite highly of the Dodgers' farm system, which could be ranked in the upper third of teams in baseball.
"The farm is as strong as it has been since the Clayton Kershaw/Andy LaRoche class of 2008," wrote Chris Rodriguez, "which also includes a bunch of guys in the 11-17 range that could easily slide into that ten spot in this list."