Chris Reed was the overwhelming favorite in the most recent TBLA vote, and he rounds out the community's top 5 prospects heading into the 2013 season. So far we have:
2013 TBLA Top 5 Prospects
1) Yasiel Puig, OF
2) Zach Lee, RHP
3) Corey Seager, SS/3B
4) Joc Pederson, OF
5) Chris Reed, LHP
Compare that to last year's top 5 listed below, and I think most would agree that we have a stronger group this year, especially in terms of offensive players.
2012 TBLA Top 5 Prospects
1) Zach Lee, RHP
2) Allen Webster, RHP
3) Nathan Eovaldi, RHP
4) Garrett Gould, RHP
5) Chris Reed, LHP
My gut tells me that the vote for #6 will be the closest to date, especially since I'm adding a couple more names to the mix in Paco Rodriguez and Alex Castellanos at the request of the community. More suggestions as to who to add to the list are welcome as well. As always, use this thread for discussion and cast your votes here.
Here are the candidates for the TBLA #6 prospect:
Chris Withrow - RHP (23.5 years old) - 2012 was Withrow's 4th stint in AA, and while he continued to show great pure stuff, his control again caused problems as he issued too many walks. After an injured pectoral muscle caused Withrow to miss most of June, the Dodgers moved him to the bullpen upon his return to action and the move seemed to pay off in the short term as he had a 3.28 ERA as a reliever with a .188 batting average against. It's uncertain what his long term role will be, and while he's obviously more valuable in the rotation, his mid 90's fastball, plus curveball, slider, and changeup would also play great as a reliever as long as he can limit his walks. Withrow is on the 40 man roster if healthy could be in the Dodgers 2013 plans.
Onelkis Garica - LHP (23.25 years old) - The Dodgers 2012 3rd round pick has had an interesting path to professional baseball, but in his limited time so far with the Dodgers he's shown why he initially was asking for big money. He only has 4 professional appearances to his credit so far, including one in the Southern League playoffs and two in the AFL, but so far he's only allowed 1 run and has racked up quite a few K's. Thanks to an interview with Chad Moriyama last week, we learned that Garcia possesses a "four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, sinker, a curve, which he uses a lot, and his change-up is developing. He says he doesn’t use it a lot but it’s coming along." In his pre-draft report from Baseball America, however, they suggested that his low 90's fastball and hard curveball are his only quality pitches, and that a lack of a true 3rd pitch might force him to the bullpen.
Matt Magill - RHP (23 years old) - Magill's success in 2012 was one of the biggest surprises for the Dodgers. The Simi Valley native led the Southern League in strikeouts with 168 (which represented a 10.35 K/9), and his FIP was a solid 2.93. While his velocity isn't consistent and has dropped into the high 80's in the past, recent scouting reports had him as high as 94 mph and that is made even better by his ability to pinpoint his pitches. He also significantly improved his changeup over the last year, and it's been said that he has a new-found confidence that has helped him as well. Most scouts still don't think his pure stuff will make him a top or even a middle of the rotation guy in the big leagues, but they seem to think he'll eventually be a useful major league arm.
Paco Rodriguez - LHP (21.5 years old) - Dodger fans already got their first taste of Paco when he became the first 2012 draftee to make it to the big leagues last September. Used as a left handed specialist in his first major league action, Rodriguez has the potential to become more than that down the road which he demonstrated with great numbers last year. In the minor he allowed just 11 hits and 2 runs over 19.2 innings while recording 32 K's, and with LA he equally as dominate. He doesn't throw all that hard, but he has a good slider and uses his deceptive delivery to get outs.
Alex Castellanos - OF/2B (26.25 years old) - Castle is another prospect who has already spent time in LA, and while he hit his first major league home run on the final day of the 2012 regular season, he didn't have success in limited big league playing time. In the minor leagues, however, Castellanos tore the cover off the ball and led the Isotopes with his 1.010 OPS. Because the Dodgers were trying to find a spot for his bat in the big leagues the organization used Alex and both 2nd and 3rd base while in AAA where he held his own defensively, but so far he's only played outfield in the big leagues. He's also currently playing in the outfield in the Venezuelan Winter League where he's hitting .306.
Please use this post as the discussion thread, and cast your actual vote in this prospect voting post. Having the voting in a separate post makes it easier for me to count up the results.