Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager has topped yet another national prospect list, rated as the best prospect in baseball heading into the 2016 season by Baseball America, in rankings revealed on Friday. Seager is one of seven Dodgers in the top 100 prospects.
On Thursday, Baseball America ranked the Dodgers as the top farm system in the game, just ahead of the Astros and Braves, and up from third in 2015 and 14th in 2014.
Seager, the Dodgers starting shortstop who made his major league debut last September and hit a robust .337/.425/.561 with four home runs and eight doubles in 27 games, was also rated the No. 1 prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus, ESPN and MLB.com.
Julio Urias also checks in high on the list, ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the game. The lowest rank for the left-handed pitcher among the four major national prospect mavens is sixth, with an average rank of 4.75 for the 19-year-old.
Seager was ranked fifth by Baseball America before the 2015 season, with Urias 10th.
Jose De Leon (23rd) and Kenta Maeda (50th) were also in the top 50.
Maeda, who turns 28 in April, has eight years of professional experience in Japan and though he will qualify as a rookie in the majors in 2016 the other three national prospect entities don't consider the veteran an actual prospect and thus didn't rank him.
Rounding out the Dodgers in the Baseball America top 100 this year are first baseman Cody Bellinger (No. 54), pitcher Grant Holmes (No. 72) and outfielder Alex Verdugo (No. 100).
Seager, Urias, De Leon and Holmes were the four Dodgers to each be rated in the top 100 prospects by all four of Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, ESPN and MLB.com.
|2016 Dodgers consensus national prospect rankings|
|Pos||Player||2016 age||Baseball America||Baseball Prospectus||ESPN||MLB.com||Average|
|RHP||Jose De Leon||23||23||28||60||24||33.75|