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Stock Up, Stock Down for Dodgers' Top 10 Prospects for Week 22

Nick OstillerContributor IIAugust 25, 2014

Stock Up, Stock Down for Dodgers' Top 10 Prospects for Week 22

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    With the minor league baseball season winding down, big league clubs will soon be calling up their top prospects for a September audition.

    The Los Angeles Dodgers possess talented farmhands who will most likely make their major league debuts within the next two weeks. Others are trudging their way through the lower ranks with varying levels of success.

    Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti stood pat at the trade deadline last month, refusing to part with his top minor leaguers in exchange for immediate help like David Price. For those prospects in question, it's becoming more clear that Los Angeles made the correct decision to hang onto them.

    Here's the latest look at how Los Angeles' top 10 prospects are faring with one week to go until September arrives.

10. Alex Verdugo, CF

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    Last week’s stats: 

    16 AB, 5 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR

     

    The Dodgers' second-round pick this past June has been finding consistent success in the Arizona Rookie League (AZL) since becoming a professional. Verdugo continues to swing a hot bat, keeping his season average above .330 with five hits last week.

    He smacked two doubles and a triple in a win on Thursday and has more walks (16) than strikeouts (11) this season. The versatile player out of Arizona's Sahuaro High School spent time on the mound as a prep but will continue his career in center field with the Dodgers.

     

    2014 stats: 

    .331/.399/.471, 12 2B, 2 HR, 5 SB

     

    Stock: 

    Up

9. Scott Schebler, LF

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    Last week’s stats:

    30 AB, 11 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI

     

    Scott Schebler's bat is showing no signs of cooling down as his Double-A season comes to a close.

    Although the former 2010 draft pick only managed one home run last week, he still leads the Southern League with 26. Schebler also raised his overall average by hitting .367 over the past seven days.

    He has spent the season alternating between the corner outfield positions while on defense. Schebler will presumably end up in left field because his arm is ranked just 35 on the 20-80 scale, according to his prospect profile.

     

    2014 stats: 

    .280/.342/.556, 22 2B, 26 HR, 71 RBI

     

    Stock: 

    Up

8. Chris Reed, LHP

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    Last week’s stats:

    8 IP, 12 ER, 9 K, 5 BB

     

    The Triple-A level of the minor leagues has not been kind to Chris Reed so far.

    Since being promoted from Double-A on August 7, the Dodgers' 2011 first-round draft pick is struggling to find his footing at Albuquerque. He got shelled for for six earned runs in his first start for the Isotopes, and things haven't improved over the last week.

    The left-hander out of Stanford University failed to make it past the fourth inning in each of his two most recent starts, allowing seven earned runs last Tuesday and five more on Sunday. The underwhelming performances have led to a 12.06 ERA in 15 innings at Triple-A.

     

    2014 stats (Double-A and Triple-A): 

    152 IP, 4.13 ERA, 131 K, 64 BB

     

    Stock: 

    Down

7. Tom Windle, LHP

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    Last week’s stats:

    6 IP, 4 ER, 2 K, 2 BB

     

    Tom Windle took a step back last week after a string of solid starts dating back to mid-July.

    The left-hander couldn't fool anybody during his most recent outing, surrendering 11 hits and ultimately taking his eighth loss of the year. Windle was once again unable to improve upon his shaky strikeout-to-walk ratio. After doling out six of each in his previous start, the broken record continued to play as he fanned two and walked two on Thursday.

    The 2013 second-round pick did manage to get through six innings, but he couldn't help his High-A Rancho Cucamonga team avoid getting swept.

     

    2014 stats: 

    133 IP, 4.32 ERA, 102 K, 44 BB

     

    Stock: 

    Down

6. Zach Lee, RHP

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    Last week’s stats: 

    5 IP, 4 ER, 6 K, 0 BB

     

    Zach Lee turned in a better performance than his previous one, but that's still not saying much.

    The right-hander gave up four earned runs last Thursday, down from six the start before that. His season ERA increased by a few ticks and now stands at 5.41—which isn't going to get it done.

    The Dodgers' 2010 first-round pick has been hit hard all year at Triple-A and owns an unsightly 6.29 ERA over his last 10 starts. Although he struck out six without a walk last week, Lee's numbers do not warrant a promotion to The Show.

    Still, the big club may request his services for its stretch run in order to give rest to the likes of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

     

    2014 stats: 

    141 IP, 5.41 ERA, 91 K, 49 BB

     

    Stock: 

    Down

5. Chris Anderson, RHP

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    Last week’s stats: 

    7 IP, 1 ER, 11 K, 1 BB

     

    One start removed from striking out a season-high 10 batters on August 17, Chris Anderson came back and punched out 11 last Friday, his best start of the year for High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

    The 2013 first-round draft pick walked just one in the seven innings of work, which tied a career high. He has now strung together three straight starts with less than three earned runs allowed.

    Over those last three outings, Anderson's ERA has decreased from 4.93 to 4.51—the lowest it's been since early May.

     

    2014 stats: 

    127 IP, 4.51 ERA, 136 K, 61 BB

     

    Stock: 

    Up

4. Grant Holmes, RHP

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    Last week’s stats: 

    5 IP, 0 ER, 5 K, 1 BB

     

    Grant Holmes bounced back nicely during his most recent start in the Advanced Rookie League last Wednesday. The Dodgers' first-round pick (22nd overall) in this past June's draft cruised through five innings without allowing an earned run. He struck out five and walked one.

    It was a very encouraging sign for Los Angeles, which watched as its prized young pitcher got blasted for seven earned runs in his previous start. The ability to recover and make adjustments is a quality synonymous with all elite pitchers, something the Dodgers hope Holmes can become as he makes his way toward Chavez Ravine.

     

    2014 stats: 

    38 IP, 3.99 ERA, 42 K, 10 BB

     

    Stock: 

    Even

3. Joc Pederson, CF

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    Last week’s stats: 

    24 AB, 7 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 2 SB

     

    It took 80 years, but the Triple-A Pacific Coast League finally welcomed a new member to its 30-30 club.

    With his stolen base on Saturday night, Joc Pederson became the first player to reach the illustrious milestone since Frank Demaree in 1934, according to Mike Axisa of CBSSports.com.

    It's becoming ever more clear that Los Angeles made the right decision by holding onto their young center fielder at the trade deadline last month.

    Dodgers fans will get the opportunity to observe Pederson up close during the final month of the season. General manager Ned Colletti recently told ESPN.com's Jim Bowden that the team plans to promote its top outfield prospect when rosters expand on September 1.

     

    2014 stats: 

    .300/.432/.580, 15 2B, 31 HR, 30 SB

     

    Stock: 

    Up

2. Julio Urias, LHP

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    Last week’s stats: 

    10 IP, 0 ER, 18 K, 5 BB

     

    As if striking out a career-high nine batters the day after turning 18 wasn't enough for Julio Urias, the new adult decided to do it again. And then again.

    That's right. The young left-hander continues to prove why he has become the top pitching prospect in the Dodgers organization. His last two starts at High-A Rancho Cucamonga were almost carbon copies of each other, and Los Angeles doesn't mind seeing double—not when five-inning, nine-strikeout, zero-run outings piggyback each other.

    The only differences between his last two gems were an additional walk and a taste of the sixth inning. Urias recorded one out in the sixth inning of his last start, which was somewhat surprising considering the Dodgers had seemingly imposed a five-inning limit on the teenager all season long.

    Los Angeles will eventually need to let Urias develop big league stamina, and the recent stretch beyond the fifth inning may be the beginning of that phase of his progression.

     

    2014 stats:

    82 IP, 2.50 ERA, 105 K, 37 BB

     

    Stock: 

    Up

1. Corey Seager, SS

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    Last week’s stats:

    32 AB, 9 H, 5 2B, 0 HR, 6 RBI

     

    Corey Seager is another player the Dodgers were reluctant to give up at last month's trade deadline. Once again, general manager Ned Colletti made the right move by keeping his top prospect.

    Although Seager has been playing in Double-A for the past month, the shortstop wunderkind left enough of an impression at High-A Rancho Cucamonga to take home California League MVP honors, per Eric Stephen of True Blue LA.

    What's more, the younger brother of Seattle Mariners All-Star Kyle Seager hasn't missed a beat since his promotion to Chattanooga. In 31 games for the Lookouts, the 2012 first-round pick is batting .336 with a homer and 21 RBI.

     

    2014 stats (High-A and Double-A): 

    .347/.398/.597, 48 2B, 19 HR, 91 RBI

     

    Stock:

    Up

     

    Notes: All statistics courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted. All statistics updated through August 24 unless otherwise noted. Prospect list courtesy of MLB.com.

     


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