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Joc Pederson, OF
With a major league outfield comprised of Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford, 21-year-old Joc Pederson represents the Dodgers’ best trade bait.
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.
Zach Lee, RHP
The Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2010, Lee has come into his own this season while repeating Double-A Chattanooga. Even though he lacks a legitimate plus offering, the 21-year-old right-hander has a deep arsenal that’s highlighted by an above-average fastball and slider. And while he’s always received high marks for his command and feel for pitching, Lee has made strides this season in his ability to miss bats, recording 101 strikeouts (compared to only 27 walks) in 108.2 innings against considerably more advanced hitters in the Southern League.
Onelki Garcia, LHP
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 K/BB 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.