No. 1 Yasiel Puig, Outfielder
9 G, .400/.500/1.000, 12 H, 3 3B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 BB, 7 K, 1 SB (Rookie)
14 G, .327/.407/.423, 17 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 6 BB, 8 K, 7 SB (High-A)
Puig was one of the most sought-after international free agents in 2012. He ultimately signed with the Dodgers for a surprising $42 million over seven years. It was surprising because no one expected him to get an offer like that, but the Dodgers have proven they will do anything they can to add talent.
That is not to say Puig doesn't have the talent to make that look like a bargain. He is a terrific athlete with a strong, powerful body. He has big power and great bat speed, so he can play in games right now.
However, he does need to work on developing a better plan and approach at the plate so he isn't chasing anything around the zone.
Defensively, Puig projects well as a right fielder. He has the offensive profile and plus arm for the position. He needs to get acclimated to the position, especially in the routes he takes to the ball.
As much upside as Puig has, the risk is enormous because, aside from the 23 games he played in 2012, he hadn't played organized baseball since 2011. He was barred from the Cuban professional league for trying to leave the country.
No. 2 Corey Seager, Shortstop
Age: 18 (Turns 19 on April 27)
46 G, .309/.383/.520, 54 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 33 RBI, 21 BB, 33 K, 8 SB (Rookie)
Seager was the Dodgers' first-round pick in last June's draft and one of the most exciting offensive players available. He made a brief stop in rookie ball after signing and showed advanced tools that could make him a fast mover.
He has a great, easy swing that allows him to hit for average and power. He is comfortable making adjustments in an at-bat and taking the ball the opposite way. His best skill is his advanced approach and pitch recognition that allows him to wait for his pitch.
At 6'3", 195 pounds, it is possible that Seager will have to move off shortstop eventually. He has the arm and instincts for the position as he moves up, but it remains to be seen if his range will allow him to stay there.
Because Seager's offensive profile is already so strong and figures to get better as he gains more muscle (and power), he should still be a star at third base.
No. 3 Zach Lee, Starting Pitcher
12 G (12 starts), 2-3, 4.55 ERA, 55.1 IP, 60 H, 31 R (28 ER), 9 HR, 10 BB, 52 K (High-A)
13 G (13 starts), 4-3, 4.25 ERA, 65.2 IP, 69 H, 37 R (31 ER), 6 HR, 22 BB, 51 K (Double-A)
Lee has never taken that step forward so many predicted for him when he was a first-round pick in 2010. He still possesses elite athleticism for a pitcher, a solid four-pitch mix and good command.
The biggest knock against Lee is that he doesn't have a true swing-and-miss pitch. His fastball has above-average velocity and movement. His slider is his best offspeed pitch, but the curveball is at least average. He is still refining a changeup that projects as a plus pitch.
Because he is such a smooth athlete, Lee has a simple, clean delivery and has learned how to pound the strike zone. His ceiling is that of a No. 3 starter because he doesn't have a knockout pitch, but it shouldn't take long before he is a fixture in the Dodgers' rotation.
No. 4 Onelki Garcia, Starting Pitcher
1 G (1 start), 0.00 ERA, 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (High-A)
Garcia's journey to professional baseball in this country is like something you would see in a courtroom drama. He defected from Cuba in 2011 and was supposed to be in the draft that year, but Major League Baseball never got around to settling his residency case until last year.
The Dodgers grabbed Garcia in the third round of the 2012 draft. He has a power pitcher's frame and a good arsenal from the left side to back it up. He has a plus fastball with movement and plus curveball he can use already.
His changeup still needs to be refined and should be as he gains more experience. He is a little old for a pitcher in High A, but because he already has a good feel for two pitches and the potential to add more, he shouldn't take too long to reach the majors.
No. 5 Chris Reed, Starting Pitcher
Age: 22 (Turns 23 on May 20)
7 G (6 starts), 1-4, 3.09 ERA, 35 IP, 25 H, 12 ER, 1 HR, 14 BB, 38 K (High-A)
12 G (11 starts), 0-4, 4.84 ERA, 35.1 IP, 31 H, 19 ER, 2 HR, 20 BB, 29 K (Double-A)
Despite pitching as a reliever in college, the Dodgers' drafted Reed in the first round of the 2011 draft with every intention of making him a starter. His solid three-pitch mix certainly made it possible that he could handle the transition.
Even though there were ups and downs in his first full season, Reed has the potential to be a good No. 3 starter in the future. His fastball is an average pitch right now with the chance to become more thanks to its downward movement. His slider gives him a potential strikeout weapon, when it is on.
The biggest issues that he has to work on are command and control, as he still walks too many hitters to last in a rotation, and being more consistent with his slider and changeup. He also stays too low to the ground when he throws, robbing his pitches of downward plane.