Please forgive me, Dodgers fans. I've been consistent this season (unlike the Dodgers) with posting this top 10 list every Monday or Tuesday. But this week, I had to move into a new apartment all weekend and haven't even had time to glance at the rankings until just recently.
But even with this anomaly firmly behind us, it's essential to have a frame of reference for next Monday's list when we get back on track.
So I apologize for my tardiness, accept my benching and a fine, and will knock this out of the park anyway. Sound familiar? With list alumnus Yasiel Puig on the brain, let's get started and compare the top 10 to last week's version.
All stats courtesy of MiLB.com and current as of Thursday, August 22, 2013.
1. Zach Lee, SP (Double-A)
2013 stats: 27 G, 24 GS, 3.18 ERA, 135.2 IP, 126 H, 53 R, 48 ER, 34 BB, 125 K
Since the last time we checked in on the Dodgers' top prospect, he's made two starts, going 1-0 and allowing five earned runs in 11 innings. Lee uncharacteristically walked five batters in those 11 innings but remains a late-season call-up candidate.
2. Joc Pederson, OF (Double-A)
2013 stats: 114 G, .279 BA, 19 HR, 55 RBI, 30 SB, .865 OPS
Last week's Southern League Hitter of the Week threw up a .435 batting average with three homers and eight RBI in seven games. Though it won't happen in 2013, Pederson is flashing 30-30 ability in the minors.
3. Corey Seager, 3B (Single-A+)
2013 stats: 90 G, .287 BA, 16 HR, 69 RBI, 10 SB, .884 OPS
It's tough to judge Seager on just 16 games at Hi-A, but he's hitting under .200 since making the transition. For some reason, the power has transferred though, as one quarter of his homers have come since his promotion.
4. Ross Stripling, SP (Double-A)
2013 stats: 25 G, 20 GS, 2.83 ERA, 1 SV, 114.2 IP, 103 H, 40 R, 36 ER, 29 BB, 109 K
In his last two starts, the young hurler continues to prove that he belongs in the Chattanooga rotation: 11.1 innings, nine hits, one earned run, four walks and eight strikeouts. Stripling has been one of the most pleasant surprises in the farm system in 2013.
5. Chris Reed, SP (Double-A)
2013 stats: 27 G, 23 GS, 3.68 ERA, 127.1 IP, 115 H, 57 R, 52 ER, 57 BB, 103 K
Last Wednesday, Reed got absolutely rocked for seven hits, four walks and five earned runs in just four innings. Then he rebounded five days later and had one of his best starts of the year, scattering six hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts over seven shutout innings.
6. Michael Thomas, RP (Double-A)
2013 stats: 41 G, 1 GS, 2.10 ERA, 11 SV, 55.2 IP, 47 H, 13 ER, 20 BB, 64 K
Thomas had hit a bit of a rough patch in weeks past, but the lefty has come on strong over the past 10 days, posting a 0.00 ERA since August 13th. In that stretch, he's tossed 5.1 innings over four appearances, recorded one save and allowed just two hits and two walks, while whiffing eight.
7. Jose Dominguez, RP (Triple-A)
2013 stats: 22 G, 1.78 ERA, 25.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 13 BB, 40 K
Dominguez is still hurt and hasn't pitched in a game at any level in a month. Hopefully he can come back and contribute to the big league bullpen again when rosters expand. For now, technically, he's still one of the better prospects in this farm system.
8. Scott Schebler, OF (Single-A+)
2013 stats: 113 G, .307 BA, 26 HR, 88 RBI, 15 SB, .968 OPS
Since we last checked on Schebler, he has hit over .333 with a home run, nine RBI, and two stolen bases. He continues to be the best-kept secret in this minor league system. Dodgers fans better learn his name, because he'll be all over the official "top prospects" list in 2014.
Which of these top prospects will the Dodgers promote to the big leagues next?
9. Julio Urias, SP (Single-A)
2013 stats: 16 G, 2.85 ERA, 47.1 IP, 40 H, 15 ER, 15 BB, 58 K
The 16-year-old lefty continues to baffle opposing hitters, posting back-to-back three-inning, shut-out starts. He only allowed a couple base runners in each and struck out nine over the six innings. He's been absolutely phenomenal so far.
10. Chris Anderson, SP (Single-A)
2013 stats: 10 GS, 1.85 ERA, 39 IP, 27 H, 13 R, 8 ER, 20 BB, 42 K
In his last two starts, the Dodgers' 2013 first-round pick has posted eight combined innings, three hits allowed, one earned run, three walks and eight strikeouts. The early return on the big right-hander has Dodgers fans drooling.
Onelki Garcia, LHP (Double-A)
Carlos Frias, RHP (Double-A)
Yimi Garcia, RHP (Double-A)
Noel Cuevas, OF (Single-A+)
Tom Windle, LHP (Single-A)
Don't forget to tune in this Monday for another edition of Dodgers Stock Up, Stock Down.