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OF Joc Pederson
As we’ve learned over the last year, the Dodgers can never be ruled out of trade rumors—even when they say they’re out. And because their major league outfield is already crowded with Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford, 21-year-old Joc Pederson could be dangled as bait at the deadline.
After a breakout 2012 season in the hitter-friendly California League, Pederson has improved his prospect stock with a strong sophomore campaign with Double-A Chattanooga. However, despite his projection for an above-average hit and power tool, some scouts remain divided about his potential to be an everyday outfielder in the major leagues.
With that being said, Pederson likely would be given a chance to develop at a healthier and more reasonable pace with a different organization.
OF Alex Castellanos
Although Castellanos isn’t considered to be much a prospect these days, he has received a taste—albeit brief—of the major leagues in each of the last two seasons. Beyond his ability to play all three outfield positions, the 26-year-old also has seen time at second and third base. However, that’s largely the result of a need to keep his underrated bat in the lineup.
Originally selected by the Cardinals in the 10th round of the 2008 draft, Castellanos has hit at every minor league stop, posting double-digit home run and stolen-base totals in each of the past four seasons. But even though he’s clearly proven himself against inferior pitching and has little left to prove in the Pacific Coast League, it’s difficult to see him cracking the Dodgers lineup anytime soon.
That sounds just like the type of player the White Sox tend to target.
LHP Onelki Garcia
A third-round draft pick of the Dodgers in 2012, Garcia logged only two innings (one start) during his professional debut last summer. However, he showed the organization enough to warrant a promotion to Double-A Chattanooga for the 2013 season.
In his first full season as a professional, the 23-year-old got off to a slow start with a 4.00 ERA and 13-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 innings spanning four starts. Due to his control problems, the Dodgers relegated the left-hander to the bullpen where he’s been lights-out over the last two months.
As a reliever, Garcia has posted a 0.35 ERA with 14 hits allowed and a 28-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 25.2 innings. There’s a chance the Dodgers attempt to utilize him as a LOOGY later this season, but it looks like he’ll serve as trade bait for the time being.
RHP Yimi Garcia
Since joining the organization in 2009, Garcia has made a strong case to become the Dodgers' future closer. The 6’1” right-hander enjoyed a breakout full-season debut in 2012, registering a 2.92 ERA with 16 saves and an 82-22 strikeout-to-walk ratio (14.1 K/9) in only 52.1 innings between Low-A Great Lakes and High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Moved up to Double-A Chattanooga for the 2013 season, the right-hander has continued to baffle opposing hitters with his deceptive, unorthodox delivery, as well as a plus fastball-slider combo that’s ideal for a late-inning role at the major league level.