During this offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers made only minor improvements. The cause of the inactivity on the free-agent market can be traced back to the unsettled ownership situation. As Frank McCourt attempts to sell the team, GM Ned Colletti will attempt to build a competitive team with the minor assets that he has been given.
During 2011, the Dodgers finished with 82 wins. Despite finishing third in the National League West, they managed to earn some major achievements and many of their players, such as Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw, emerged as some the game's top young players.
Heading into 2012, their team will look very similar to the team they had in 2011. With another year of development, the team will look to improve on their win total and will hopefully have their ownership situation resolved by mid-July. This would allow them to trade for some reinforcements should they still be within contention.
Until that time however, the Dodgers will have to look within the organization for most improvements. Because of this, much of the attention this spring will be on the many prospects who will get a chance to show their skills during spring training.
Listed here are some of the prospects who could surprise this spring training. Good performances could earn any of these players a shot on the Dodgers' major-league roster or even on the team's shortlist of potential call-ups.