After countless seasons under a strict budget, the Los Angeles Dodgers underwent a much-needed transformation in 2012 following their purchase by Guggenheim Baseball Management. Given the new ownership's endless bankroll, they became baseball's biggest spender seemingly overnight and implemented a “win-now” mentality.
However, the change in ownership also impacted the team's already poor farm system. Shortly before the July 31 trade deadline, the Dodgers dealt their first-round draft pick from 2008, right-hander Ethan Martin, to the Phillies in exchange for Shane Victorino.
And then later in the season, they traded another top pitching prospect, right-hander Allen Webster, to the Red Sox as part of the blockbuster deal that landed them Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford.
Although both of the aforementioned prospects flashed mid-rotation upside, they were both expendable due to the fact that the organization selected a pitcher with their first pick in each of the last five drafts.
Thankfully, that streak came to end this past June when the Dodgers drafted prep infielder Corey Seager with the 18th overall pick. Additionally, the organization made a big splash in the international market when they signed Cuban defector Yasiel Puig to a massive seven-year, $42 million contract in June. And after placing a winning bid of nearly $26 million to negotiate with South Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, the organization ultimately signed the 25-year-old to a six-year, $36 million contract. (Note: For the sake of ranking consistency, Ryu is not listed in the Dodgers' top-10 prospects list, but, for what it's worth, he'd likely rank as the team's top prospect.)
Even though the team's top-10 prospects list has a vastly different look than it did at this time last year, they still house a solid crop of high-ceiling prospects, especially on the mound.
Here is a ranking of the Los Angeles Dodgers' top-10 prospects along with forecasts for the 2013 season.