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Corey Seager ranked top prospect in MLB by ESPN's Keith Law, Julio Urias 5th

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Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is ranked as the top prospect in baseball by Keith Law of ESPN, who revealed his top 100 prospects for 2016 on Thursday morning. Julio Urias is ranked fifth overall, with a total of seven Dodgers in Law's top 100.

The Dodgers were also rated by Law is having the second-best farm system in baseball, behind only the rebuilding Braves, and up from 10th place in 2015, with Law particularly praising the 2013 and 2014 drafts for Los Angeles.

Law is the third major national prospect expert to give Seager the top honor for 2016, along with Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America is expected to release its top 100 prospects list on Friday, giving Seager a chance for a clean sweep.

Seager is described by Law as "a superlative hitter who projects to do everything at the plate and might even be able to do it at shortstop for a year or two before becoming a top-flight defender at third base."

Already entrenched as the Dodgers starting shortstop, Seager has to be the favorite to win National League Rookie of the Year in 2016. The Dodgers as a franchise have won 16 Rookie of the Year awards, twice as many as any other franchise, yet they haven't won since Todd Hollandsworth in 1996.

Urias, just 19, is ranked fifth by Law, the second-ranked pitcher behind third-ranked Lucas Giolito of the Nationals. The No. 5 spot for Urias is up five spots from Law's 2015 ranking, and nestled in between his No. 4 rating by and No. 6 ranking by Baseball Prospectus.

Seager and Urias are the only two Dodgers in Law's top 50, though five more prospects are mentioned in the back half.

Alex Verdugo, the Dodgers' second-round pick in 2014, is ranked 51st by Law, who says Verdugo "has special ability at the plate and when he's throwing, though he's ultimately going to end up in right field."

Jose De Leon was ranked 60th by Law, down from the pitcher's No. 24 ranking by and No. 28 rating by Baseball Prospectus.

Grant Holmes, the Dodgers' first-round pick in 2014, is ranked 71st, after ranking 40th by BP and 62nd by

Cuban outfielder Yusniel Diaz, paid a reported $15.5 million bonus (with a 100-percent overage tax) during this international signing period, ranks 77th. He was ranked 91st by Baseball Prospectus.

Cody Bellinger, who along with Urias and De Leon will be in Dodgers big league camp in spring training as non-roster invitees — plus Seager, who is already on the 40-man roster — is ranked 92nd by Law, Bellinger's first showing on a top-100 list.