As we continue our offseason prospect rankings, we line up the minor league talent in every organization from 1-30.
The Baseball America annual organization talent rankings reflect the total worth of each farm system’s prospects, where all players who haven’t exceeded 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 30 relief appearances in the major leagues are eligible. The rankings are a product of BA editors, and John Manuel, J.J. Cooper and Matt Eddy wrote the capsules for each team.
State of the System: Incredibly impressive. Los Angeles’ ownership group never balks at cutting a big check and the Dodgers’ farm system is deeper for it. Not every big-money international signing has paid off–Erisbel Arruebarrena’s $25 million deal was a nearly immediate bust–but Los Angeles’ spending spree has added significant depth to a system that was already outstanding especially with Kenta Maeda stepping into the rotation. Righthander Yasiel Sierra and outfielder Yusniel Diaz couldn’t crack the Dodgers’ Top 10 but would be cornerstone prospects in some other systems. No other team can match Los Angeles’ 1-2 punch of Corey Seager and Julio Urias and the Dodgers have an excellent mix of big league-ready impact talent, role players and promising prospects at the lower levels of the system.
Best-Stocked Position: Center field. Joc Pederson just arrived in L.A., Cody Bellinger can play first base or center field, Alex Verdugo also roams center field and trade pickup Trayce Thompson is a versatile fourth outfielder who can play all three spots including center. Even Diaz is a potential center fielder although most scouts see him eventually sliding to a corner. The logjam in center field should sort itself out because most of these players have the bats and versatility to play elsewhere if needed.
Breakout Candidate: Righthander Yadier Alvarez is a high-risk, high-reward signing. Signed out of Cuba for $32 million (counting the MLB overage tax) Alvarez has a 92-98 mph fastball and flashes an above-average slider. Alvarez gets to that velocity easily thanks to a very loose, quick arm but the 20-year-old has almost no track record (he never played in Serie Nacional or in a top international tournament for Cuba) and a history of wildness. If the Dodgers can tame the wildness, there’s a lot of potential to work with.
— J.J. Cooper