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Los Angeles Dodgers: Top 15 Prospects Breakdown, Post 2013 Draft

Robert PaceContributor IIISeptember 23, 2016

Los Angeles Dodgers: Top 15 Prospects Breakdown, Post 2013 Draft

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    Now that the top prospects have found a home in their respective major-league organizations, it’s time to take a look at how they stack up with the existing players in the organization.

    Although the Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t swipe any highly publicized players at this year’s draft, they snagged a few solid picks that may have their name uttered by Vin Scully in the near future.

    Let’s take a look at the Dodgers’ top 15 prospects after this year’s draft.

Zach Lee (RHP)

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    Division: Double-A (Chattanooga Lookouts)

    Now that Yasiel Puig has been called up to the bigs, Zach Lee has been bumped up to the Dodgers’ No. 1 minor-league prospect.

    The right-handed starter is hyped as an excellent all-around pitcher, from his consistent low-90s fastball to his nasty changeup.

    Lee can flat out pitch and is said to have excellent control, especially with his two go-to off-speed pitches: a tight slider and a looping curve. 

Chris Anderson (RHP)

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    2013 Draft Pick (18th overall)

    There are big expectations for Chris Anderson, and reasonably so.

    The Dodgers’ first-round draft pick this year, Anderson has all the tools to become an outstanding major-league pitcher: live fastball (can hit 97 mph), good changeup and slider and excellent command.

    The Jacksonville University alum will likely be in the bigs in 2014 if he doesn’t weave his way into the bullpen this year.

Joc Pederson (OF)

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    Division: Double-A (Chattanooga Lookouts)

    Even with the addition of the recent draft picks, Joc Pederson remains the Dodgers’ best position-playing prospect.

    Although he’s not necessarily known for his hitting, the 11th-round 2010 draft pick has hit eight home runs with 24 runs batted in and stolen an impressive 18 bases this season.

    In addition to his improving hitting, Pederson is an outstanding outfielder with phenomenal speed. 

Corey Seager (3B)

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    Division: Single-A (Great Lakes Loons)

    Corey Seager, younger brother of Mariners’ third baseman Kyle, is all the hype in the Dodgers’ organization, but he’s still acclimating to the pro level.

    The 2012 first-round pick is capable of hitting both for average and power, but he hasn’t really done either this year, hitting .264 with four homers and 19 runs batted in with an unflattering 31 strikeouts.

    The 6’4”, 215-pound infielder is still considered one of the top 100 prospects in the MLB (currently No. 96), but he still has quite a ways to go before he becomes big-league material. 

Chris Withrow (RHP)

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    Division: Triple-A (Albuquerque Isotopes)

    It’s been a long time coming for Chris Withrow after being drafted as the No. 1 pick by the Dodgers in the 2007 draft, but it seems like he’s finally starting to get his act together.

    The right-handed starter has been flawless this season, boasting a 4-0 record with a laudable 1.93 ERA and 30 strikeouts.

    While his command continues to be an issue, Withrow’s live arm could land him a position as a big-league middle reliever in the near future. 

Tom Windle (LHP)

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    2013 Draft Pick (56th overall)

    If his college career at Minnesota is an indication of what the Dodgers can expect of him in the big leagues, they have every reason to be excited about the 6’4”, 205-pound lefty.

    Windle has an above-average fastball that lives in the mid-90s, and he has the off-speed pitches—a changeup and a slider—to go with it.

    On top of that, Windle has a significant presence on the mound and works like a pro on the hill. 

Chris Reed (LHP)

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    Division: Double-A (Chattanooga Lookouts)

    Chris Reed’s transition from reliever at Stanford to starter in the Dodgers’ organization hasn’t been as smooth as the Blue Crew would’ve hoped, but he still reserves tremendous potential.

    Reed’s strength is his fastball, which he can amp up to the mid-90s, but he hasn’t yet honed his off-speed arsenal, which has halted his overall progress.

    His 2-5 record and 4.42 ERA are a pretty unattractive combo for a minor-leaguer, but he still has a chance to be a good major-league pitcher (likely a reliever) if he can diversify his approach. 

Ross Stripling (RHP)

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    Division: Double-A (Chattanooga Lookouts)

    The future is looking bright for Ross Stripling if he can sharpen his secondary pitches.

    The fifth-round 2012 draft pick looks very comfortable on the mound and has an above-average command of the strike zone.

    Stripling has put on a display in Single-A this season but has been hit pretty well (opposing batting average of .327) so far in Double-A.

Brandon Dixon (3B)

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    2013 Draft Pick (92nd overall)

    Brandon Dixon is everything you could ask for in a third baseman, except for one thing: his power.

    The 6’2”, 205-pound Arizona alum can hit for contact, field and steal bases, but he isn’t much of a power hitter, which is an aspect usually expected of third basemen.

    If Dixon can muster up some power, he’ll be an excellent third baseman; if not, he’ll either have to switch to second base or outfield, or he’ll be destined for a long minor-league stint before being called up to the majors. 

Alex Castellanos (OF/IF)

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    Division: Triple-A (Albuquerque Isotopes)

    Although he came up for a stretch of games with the Dodgers last season when the team was struck by injury, Castellanos is technically still considered a prospect.

    His best attribute is that, much like Dodgers’ utility man Skip Schumaker, he can play practically anywhere on the field, and he can hit as well.

    This season, the 6’0”, 200-pound prospect is hitting .276 with nine home runs and 27 runs batted in, along with an impressive .362 on-base percentage.

Onelki Garcia (LHP)

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    Division: Double-A (Chattanooga Lookouts)

    The Dodgers are very excited about Onelki Garcia and what he can do at the major league level, but he’ll first have to conquer the minors and impress the organization before he can make it there.

    The three-quarter-releasing Cuban lefty is touted for his low-to-mid-90s fastball and above-average breaking balls, but he has yet to notch a win in Double-A (0-3, 4.50 ERA, 21 K) and has proved that he’ll need some work before he’s ready for the majors. 

Cody Bellinger (1B)

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    2013 Draft Pick (124th overall)

    The Dodgers saw something special in Cody Bellinger, evidenced by the fact that he was the organization’s only high school draftee on the first two days of the draft.

    The 6’4”, 180-pound lefty can hit despite his slender frame, and he is expected to become a prolific power hitter once his body matures.

    However, Bellinger may not be headed to the Dodgers’ organization in the near future, as he is committed to attend Oregon next year.

Angel Sanchez (RHP)

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    Division: Single-A (Great Lakes Loons)

    Angel Sanchez has all the potential in the world to become a great pitcher, but he’s proven to be a one-trick pony thus far.

    The 6’3”, 177-pound righty has some zip on his fastball, which he can run up to the mid-90s, but he doesn’t have much of an arsenal at all and relies on the heater far too often.

    As he continues to hone his secondary pitches, Sanchez also needs to improve his command in order to become big-league quality. 

Yimi Garcia (RHP)

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    Division: Double-A (Chattanooga Lookouts)

    Yimi Garcia is the Dodgers’ top-ranked minor-league reliever.

    Signed at a mere 18 years old, Garcia has blossomed in the Dodgers’ organization, emerging as a top prospect in the past two seasons.

    Although his off-speed pitches could use some work, Garcia has an excellent fastball that has some wicked movement on it. 

J.D. Underwood (RHP)

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    2013 Draft Pick (154th overall)

    The Dodgers are hoping that J.D. Underwood’s aggressiveness on the mound carries over to his aggressiveness in pursuing his dreams of playing pro baseball, as the junior-college pitcher is committed to Miami.

    Nevertheless, the 6’2”, 215-pound righty, son of former MLB pitcher Tom Underwood, can flat out pitch and is an exciting specimen to watch on the mound.

    His low-90s fastball, coupled with good junk, makes him an attractive bet to become a major-league back-end starter should he decide to go pro this year. 

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