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Cody Bellinger, Jose De Leon lead 6 Dodgers on Baseball America midseason top 100 prospects

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Cody Bellinger is the highest-ranking Dodger on the Baseball America midseason list.
Cody Bellinger is the highest-ranking Dodger on the Baseball America midseason list.
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Six Dodgers were named to the Baseball America midseason top 100 prospects list on Friday, led by first baseman Cody Bellinger and pitcher Jose De Leon in the top 25.

The Dodgers had seven prospects in the preseason top 100, including three who graduated to the majors — current All-Star Corey Seager (first), pitcher Julio Urias (fourth) and pitcher Kenta Maeda (50th). Urias still technically is 13⅔ innings or six pre-September days of service time away from exhausting his rookie status, but since he was in the majors on June 21 wasn't included by Baseball America in their midseason rankings.

Bellinger, 20, missed the first four weeks of the season with a hip injury and then slumped after that, but is hitting .266/.349/.446 on the season with nine home runs and 11 doubles in 62 games for Double-A Tulsa. The BA comment on Bellinger notes, "Leveraged lefthanded swing produces 30-homer power potential, while his glove draws Gold Glove raves."

Bellinger ranked 54th in the preseason.

De Leon is 25th, two spots behind his preseason ranking. Now finally fully stretched out after a slow start to his season, the right-hander has a 3.03 ERA with Triple-A Oklahoma City, with a dominant 44 strikeouts (36.7-percent K rate) and 11 walks in 29⅔ innings.

Two of Bellinger's Tulsa teammates are in the top 100, with center fielder Alex Verdugo at No. 44 and second baseman Willie Calhoun 98th. On the latter, BA notes, "Calhoun is proving he can hit. He’s got some work to do to prove he can stick at second base."

Grant Holmes, the Dodgers' first-round pick in 2014, ranks 60th after a 3.48 ERA with 86 strikeouts in 85⅓ innings with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in the Cal League, with Baseball America opining, "Scouts who love him see a future No. 2 or No. 3 starter. Those more skeptical see a power reliever future."

Frankie Montas, who missed two months of the season after surgery to remove a right rib and is currently sidelined with another broken rib, ranks No. 82.