2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects

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1. Hyun-Jin Ryu, lhp
2. Yasiel Puig, of
3. Corey Seager, ss
4. Joc Pederson, of
5. Zach Lee, rhp
6. Chris Reed, lhp
7. Onelki Garcia, lhp
8. Paco Rodriguez, lhp
9. Matt Magill, rhp
10. Ross Stripling, rhp
Best Hitter for Average Corey Seager
Best Power Hitter Yasiel Puig
Best Strike Zone Discipline Joc Pederson
Fastest Baserunner James Baldwin
Best Athlete Yasiel Puig
Best Fastball Chris Withrow
Best Curveball Onelki Garcia
Best Slider Chris Reed
Best Changeup Zach Lee
Best Control Hyun-Jin Ryu
Best Defensive Catcher Tim Federowicz
Best Defensive Infielder Jesmuel Valentin
Best Infield Arm Jesmuel Valentin
Best Defensive OF Joc Pederson
Best Outfield Arm Yasiel Puig
Catcher Tim Federowicz
First Base Adrian Gonzalez
Second Base Jesmuel Valentin
Third Base Corey Seager
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez
Left Field Andre Ethier
Center Field Matt Kemp
Right Field Yasiuel Puig
No. 1 Starter Clayton Kershaw
No. 2 Starter Zack Greinke
No. 3 Starter Hyun-Jim Ryu
No. 4 Starter Zach Lee
No. 5 Starter Chris Reed
Closer Kenley Jansen
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 James Loney, 1b Red Sox
2004 Edwin Jackson, rhp Nationals
2005 Joel Guzman, ss/of Laguna (Mexican)
2006 Chad Billingsley, rhp Dodgers
2007 Andy LaRoche, 3b Red Sox
2008 Clayton Kershaw, lhp Dodgers
2009 Andrew Lambo, of Pirates
2010 Dee Gordon, ss Dodgers
2011 Dee Gordon, ss Dodgers
2012 Zach Lee, rhp Dodgers
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Chad Billingsley, RHP Dodgers
2004 Scott Elbert, LHP Dodgers
2005 *Luke Hochevar, RHP (1st round supp) Royals
2006 Clayton Kershaw, LHP Dodgers
2007 Chris Withrow, RHP Dodgers
2008 Ethan Martin, RHP Phillies
2009 Aaron Miller, LHP Dodgers
2010 Zach Lee, RHP Dodgers
2011 Chris Reed, LHP Dodgers
2012 Corey Seager, 3B Dodgers
Yasiel Puig, 2012
Hiroki Kuroda, 2007
Zach Lee, 2010
Hyun-Jin Ryu, 2012
Corey Seager, 2012
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Los Angeles Dodgers

What a difference a year makes. The Dodgers have gone from the thriftiness and legal battles of the Frank McCourt era to buying the biggest houses in Beverly Hills, with no signs of slowing down.

After two years of watching McCourt’s ownership spiral downward, the Dodgers finally began turning the page when he agreed to sell the team via bankruptcy auction in November 2011. In late March 2012, Guggenheim Baseball Management won control of the team, beating out bids by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban among others.

GBM bid $2.15 billion for the Dodgers, obliterating the U.S. sports record of $1.1 billion the Miami Dolphins went for in 2009. The group, which is led by Mark Walter and also includes Los Angeles Lakers icon Magic Johnson and former Braves and Nationals president Stan Kasten, figures to make back its money with a proposed deal to start a new regional sports network that will be worth an estimated $6 billion.

Money has been flowing freely since the sale. No longer shackled by McCourt’s financial limitations, the Dodgers most decidedly entered win-now mode.

General manager Ned Colletti went all-out to fortify the big league roster during the 2012 season, making a pair of blockbuster trades. He picked up Hanley Ramirez and the $36.5 million remaining on his contract from the Marlins in late July, then took on $261 million in salary commitments by acquiring Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez from the Red Sox in August.

The moves didn’t pan out, at least not in 2012. Los Angeles held first place in the National League West as late as Aug. 19, but went 19-21 the rest of the way to finish with 86 wins, eight fewer than the Giants. Undaunted, the Dodgers kept spending.

In early December, Los Angeles signed Korean lefthander Hyun-Jin Ryu for six years and $36 million and also paid his former team a $25,737,737.33 posting fee. On the same weekend, the Dodgers made Zack Greinke the second highest-paid pitcher ever with a six-year, $147 million deal. The club is poised to open 2013 with a big league payroll north of $210 million.

With Los Angeles locked into veterans up and down the roster, opportunities for young players look limited in the immediate future. In all, the Dodgers sent 12 prospects or young big leaguers away in various trades in 2012, with James Loney the only true veteran shipped out. The list of the departed included talented righthanders Rubby de la Rosa, Nate Eovaldi, Ethan Martin and Allen Webster.

Still, the franchise’s new wealth should trickle down to benefit player development. Though new rules prevented Los Angeles from spending freely in the draft, their $6.3 million in bonuses represented a sizeable increase over the $3.5 million McCourt authorized in 2011. The Dodgers made a much bigger splash internationally in June, landing Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig with a $42 million big league deal that shocked many clubs who were more skeptical of his ability.

Puig and 2012 first-round pick Corey Seager now rank as the best hitters in the system. Despite the departure of several valuable young arms via trades, the strength of system remains pitching, with seven hurlers ranked among the top 10 prospects. Ryu headlines an impressive crop of lefthanders that also features Chris Reed, Onelki Garcia and Paco Rodriguez, all premium picks from the last two drafts.

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