2012 has been kind to the Los Angeles Dodgers so far. The Frank McCourt ownership era is now officially behind them, and the team enters today with the best record in Major League Baseball at 32-17.
While the Dodgers’ big league squad focuses on winning the team’s first World Series since 1988, the new ownership group will have its sights set on the future as they prepare for the 2012 MLB Draft in June.
The Dodgers minor league system was once a source of pride for the organization, and is responsible for much producing many of the team’s best current players—like Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Clayton Kershaw—and some former stars who are no longer with the organization (Paul Konerko, Adrian Beltre, and Russell Martin immediately come to mind). But over the past few years, thanks to McCourt’s penny-pinching ways, Los Angeles is now woefully lacking many future stars or depth.
New team president Stan Kasten and Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White have their work cut out for them as they prepare to restock a minor league system that was highly neglected under the McCourt regime. This is by no means a one year project, but here are four goals that the new Dodgers ownership group will set out to accomplish starting June 4-6.