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Kyle Seager is one of the game's premier third basemen and has a $100 million contract, yet younger brother Corey might soon surpass him as the best big leaguer in the family. While Kyle spent three years at North Carolina and worked his way up as a Mariners third-round pick in 2009, the younger Seager was drafted by the Dodgers out of high school with the 18th overall pick in 2012. He signed for $2.35 million and quickly developed into one of the game's premier prospects. In 2015, Seager crushed Double-A Tulsa for a month before a promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City. With Jimmy Rollins struggling, the Dodgers called up Seager on Sept. 3 and he became an immediate impact player for them down the stretch, even starting ahead of the veteran Rollins in the National League Division Series loss to the Mets. Seager has all the attributes to hit in the middle of the lineup. He has excellent bat speed with a calm, quiet hitting approach. He has good rhythm and balance with a loose, fluid, lefthanded swing that he's able to keep compact remarkably well for someone with his long levers. Seager has excellent barrel awareness and even cut his strikeout rate from 22 percent in 2014 down to 14 percent in 2015 despite moving from Class A to the upper minors. While many young hitters over-swing and get out of control once they reach the big leagues, Seager showed an uncanny knack for slowing the game down and repeating his swing, which helped him dominate when he got to Los Angeles. His pitch recognition and plate discipline are both solid, while his hitting intelligence is advanced for his age. He does an exceptional job of breaking down how pitchers are attacking him and making adjustments even within an at-bat, self-diagnosing his own flaws and how to go about correcting them. He identifies pitches on which he can inflict damage and has grown into plus raw power, using his hips well and doing an excellent job to generate torque in his swing. He is a potential .300 hitter who could hit 25 or more home runs in his prime. While few doubt Seager's ability at the plate, his future position is an open question. Can he stay at shortstop or does he face a position switch? He is a below-average runner lacking prototypical quickness or range for shortstop. With his 6-foot- 4 frame, many scouts consider him a better fit at third base, where he played 25 games in 2015 and projects as an above-average defender. Yet the Dodgers have kept Seager primarily at shortstop, even in the major league postseason, and some think he can stay there for at least a few more years. While other shortstops can make more acrobatic plays, Seager has a good sense of timing and body control, with sound hands and a plus, accurate arm to make the routine plays. Wherever he ends up in the field, Seager has the potential to become a perennial all-star and one of the best players in baseball. That could happen as quickly as 2016, because he probably won't require additional time at Oklahoma City. He will be a frontrunner for the NL Rookie of the Year award
Signed out of the Mexican League, Urias made his full-season debut at age 16, starting his blazing ascent through the minors. He toyed with hitters at Double-A Tulsa early in 2015, but he missed two months to have cosmetic eye surgery. When he returned, he struggled for the first time in his career, particularly at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Few teenagers ever have had Urias' combination of stuff and feel for pitching. With a smooth delivery and easy arm action, Urias fills the zone with plus or better stuff across the board. His fastball sits at 90-95 mph, touches 97 and plays up because he hides the ball well. His changeup is a swing-and-miss pitch, and while he needs to harness it in the strike zone more often, the movement, deception and separation from his fastball make it a plus weapon. Urias' plus curveball has sharp break and can be a putaway pitch, one some scouts would like to see him use more. He manipulates its shape and speed, giving it top-to-bottom depth at times, then getting wide at others, and mixes in a short slider. He deliberately throws from multiple arm angles, adding and subtracting from his pitches. Urias threw just 80 innings in 2015, so the Dodgers will monitor his workload jump in 2016. He has top-of-the-rotation potential, and his talent and feel have pushed him to the cusp of the majors. He just has to prove he can handle a more robust workload.
De Leon was born in Puerto Rico, went undrafted out of high school, then spent three seasons as Southern's ace. The Dodgers nabbed him in the 24th round in 2013, and De Leon's stock has taken off after he transformed his body and improved his stuff. As De Leon's body improved and became more athletic, he made mechanical adjustments. He got more on line to the plate and kept the ball behind his body to improve his deceptiveness. His stuff ticked up in 2014, and it carried over to 2015. De Leon's fastball sits at 91-94 mph and reaches 96. He commands the pitch well, uses all quadrants of the strike zone and isn't afraid to pitch up, because his fastball has late riding life to sneak past hitters. The Dodgers challenged De Leon to improve his changeup and he responded, to the point where it's now his go-to secondary pitch and a plus offering he throws to lefties and righties. He tends to catch hitters out front with awkward, off-balance swings. His average breaking ball has hard three-quarters action and can also induce swings and misses from righthanders. De Leon's stuff ticked down late in 2015 as fatigue caught up with him. De Leon's work ethic has helped him go from a draft afterthought to one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. He has a chance to be a No. 2 or 3 starter, likely opening 2016 at Triple-A Oklahoma City, with a chance to make his big league debut by midseason.
After signing with the Braves out of Venezuela for $350,000 in 2010, Peraza quickly rose through the system, becoming the organization's top prospect after the 2014 season. Atlanta shipped him to the Dodgers in July 2015 as part of the threeteam deal that sent Hector Olivera to the Braves. Peraza made his big league debut in August but missed most of September with a strained left hamstring. He relies on two tools: hitting and speed. He has a short swing, quick hands and strong wrists, with the hand-eye coordination to put the barrel to the ball at a high rate. Peraza's double-plus speed makes him a threat to steal 30 bases. He's a line-drive hitter who can drive the ball to his pull side, but he probably won't hit many home runs. He swings at too many pitches, hurting his on-base percentage. The Braves shifted Peraza from shortstop to second base in 2014. He has above-average range and an average arm, but a funky throwing stroke. Peraza lacks a high ceiling, but his bat-to-ball skills and wheels should make him a steady player.
Bellinger entered pro ball with a high baseball IQ because his father Clay played four seasons in the majors. In 2015, the Dodgers aggressively jumped Bellinger to high Class A Rancho Cucamonga, where he transformed from a sweet swinger into a 30-home run hitter. He used to gear his swing for line drives, but he made an adjustment in 2015 to create torque. He started loading his hands rather than using more of his body in his swing, allowing him to get closer to his launch position and use his hands to drive the ball. That helped his plus power show up in games, with quick bat speed, good leverage and use of his lower half. The changes contributed to a 28 percent strikeout rate. Near the end of 2015, he studied heat maps to understand his strengths and weaknesses. Thus his strikeout rate dropped to 19 percent in August. He is an exceptional athlete for a first baseman, a smooth, above-average defender with quick feet and a strong arm. He's a solid-average runner, which is why he played in center field for 21 games. He'll open 2016 as a 20-year-old at Double-A Tulsa. If he can find the right blend of contact and power, he can be an above-average regular at first.
Holmes became the highest drafted South Carolina prep righthander ever when the Dodgers took him at No. 18 overall in 2014. He signed for $2.5 million. He spent the 2015 season at low Class A Great Lakes, where he struck out 10.2 per nine innings. Holmes fires a plus fastball at 92-95 mph, with the ability to peak at 98. His fastball has good riding life, and he's able to throw it with more downhill angle than most 6-foot-1 pitchers. When Holmes is going well, he has a power curveball that can be a plus pitch, but his breaking ball wasn't reliable in 2015. Regaining feel to spin his curveball consistently will be a goal for Holmes heading into 2016, but in some ways it helped his development. On nights where he struggled to find his curve, he started to throw his changeup more frequently and had some success, which encouraged him to throw it more. Holmes didn't throw a change in high school, but the pitch now flashes above-average at times. He is an athletic power pitcher who still is learning the touch-and-feel aspects of pitching. He walked 4.7 batters per nine in 2015 and has worked to shorten his arm stroke and stay more on line to the plate to throw more strikes. Holmes will head to high Class A Rancho Cucamonga in 2016, where his command will be tested in a run environment where free baserunners can be costly. If he can develop average command, Holmes has a chance to be at least a mid-rotation starter.
When other teams scouted Verdugo as a two-way player in high school, they mostly saw his future on the mound. The Dodgers disagreed with the industry consensus, drafting Verdguo in the second round in 2014 as an outfielder. That looks smart now after he hit well in his first full season, which he finished at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga. A combination of mental and mechanical adjustments helped Verdugo take a leap forward. Verdugo's lefty swing is quick, fluid and compact. Early in 2015 at low Class A Great Lakes, he added a leg kick to try to manufacture more power, but two months into the season he was struggling with his new mechanics and timing. He switched to a small toe tap to simplify his swing and hit more line drives, then took off in the second half. Verdugo is rhythmic hitter with good body control and hand-eye coordination. He hits to all fields with good bat-to-ball skills, recognizes spin and doesn't chase too much out of the zone, but he projects more as a doubles hitter than a home-run threat. He is thickly built with average speed, which isn't ideal for a center fielder, so he will train to be more explosive. Verdugo's best tool is his plus arm with precise accuracy that helped him collect 24 assists. Verdugo hit .363 over his final 300 plate appearances, positioning him for a return to the California League in 2016. He has a chance to be a solid-average regular.
Barnes will be 26 in 2016, but catchers often develop later than players at other positions. A Marlins ninth-round pick in 2011, he moved through their system conservatively before being traded to the Dodgers after the 2014 season in the sixplayer deal that sent Dee Gordon to Miami. Barnes spent most of 2015 at Triple-A Oklahoma City but made his big league debut in May. Barnes has natural rhythm and balance at the plate, with a direct swing that creates whip to the barrel and results in a high contact rate. He can get somewhat pull-oriented, but he generally stays in the middle of the field. He recognizes offspeed pitches and controls the strike zone, which allows him to get on base at a high clip for a catcher. Barnes' power is mostly to the gaps, though he has enough sock to hit 8-12 home runs. He is an intelligent hitter who understands which pitches he can hit hard, though he can get himself in trouble occasionally when he tries to hit for more power. He has experience at second and third base, but the Dodgers had him focus on catching, which is where he fits best. His blocking and receiving are good, and his pitch-framing grades out well. He threw out 27 percent of basestealers at Oklahoma City with an average arm. Barnes lacks a standout tool, but he gets on base and does the little things that add to his value. He could back up Yasmani Grandal in 2016 with a chance to eventually emerge as an everyday guy along the lines of Francisco Cervelli.
Born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Cotton attended East Carolina and was a 20thround pick in 2012. After jumping on to the prospect radar with a big second half in 2014, Cotton's 2015 season was delayed until May 26 after a comebacker broke his left wrist in spring training. When healthy, he dominated at Double-A Tulsa. He has a four-pitch mix but works off his fastball/changeup combination. His low- 90s heater reaches 96 mph, and he can manipulate the movement on it, imparting sink, cut or run. His bread-and-butter is a double-plus changeup, a lively, putaway offering with screwball-like action. Cotton throws both a curveball and hard slider, fringy pitches that need improvement. Though he is 5-foot-11, Cotton delivers from a high angle and gets solid plane. He is an excellent athlete who can repeat his delivery, but his mechanics do contain effort. His below-average command and smaller stature have led some scouts to peg him as a reliever. He also tends to wiggle his glove around, which leads to him tipping his pitches. Cotton threw 96 innings in 2015 and has worked as a reliever in the past, but if he can hold up in the rotation, he could be a No. 3 or 4 starter.
Alvarez is a true pop-up player. He walked 35 in 31 innings in Cuba's national 18U league in 2014, didn't make the junior national team and never pitched in Serie Nacional. After arriving in the Dominican Republic, Alvarez's fastball shot up along with his stock, and while he remains a risky prospect with little track record, the Dodgers signed him in 2015 for $16 million. The total price tag will be $32 million once they pay a 100 percent overage tax for exceeding their bonus pool. Alvarez's upper-end velocity has jumped from 94 to 98 mph and ranged from 92-98 with enough life to get swings and misses in the zone. He has a skinny, athletic frame, generating velocity with excellent arm speed and a free-and-easy delivery, though his slight build creates durability questions. Alvarez flashes an above-average slider but it flattens out when his release point wanders. He has shown feel for a changeup, but he hasn't thrown the pitch much. While he's improved his control, it remains erratic and will be key to reaching his potential. Alvarez is a volatile stock whose value could swing wildly. Some scouts dream of a frontline starter, while others see a reliever with a lot of risk.
Elbow soreness delayed Buehler's junior season at Vanderbilt in 2015, but he was effective when he returned to the Commodores rotation, helping lead them to a return trip to the College World Series finals. He never felt quite right all year, though, and after the Dodgers drafted him with the 24th overall pick, an MRI revealed he would require Tommy John surgery, which he had in August. Buehler, who signed for $1,777,500, will miss the entire 2016 season, with the expectation that he can get back on the mound in instructional league, then make his pro debut in 2017. When healthy, Buehler showed a quality arsenal of pitches and a good delivery. His fastball ranges from 91-96 mph, though it tends to be straight. He has the ability to generate tight spin on his breaking pitches, though his curveball and slider can blend together at times. He rounds out his repertoire with a changeup that flashes above-average potential with late fade. Buehler's arm action and quick-tempo delivery are polished. He's a good athlete who repeats his mechanics and throws strikes. He has a chance to become a mid-rotation starter, though he'll have to answer questions about his durability and whether his stuff will return once he's done with his rehab.
A $40,000 bargain signed in 2013, Mieses had a standout season in the Dominican Summer League in 2014. Instead of taking the usual path to the Rookie-level Arizona League, he jumped straight to low Class A Great Lakes two weeks into the 2015 season when the Loons needed an injury replacement. He played well, then moved up to high Class A Rancho Cucamonga in June, a fast-track pace for a teenager in his first U.S. season. Mieses has a chance to have five average or better tools. He has packed on size to his burly, powerful frame, which features big hands, long fingers and room for growth. He has a quick bat, good body control and a knack for getting his barrel to the ball, even if his swing doesn't always stay compact. While he's learning to optimize his approach, it's solid for his age and he's not a free-swinger. Controlling his head movement in his swing will help his pitch recognition. Mieses has slightly aboveaverage raw power that will show up more if he can incorporate his lower half into his swing. He plays all three outfield spots and has a chance to stick in center. Though he's athletic, his average speed isn't ideal in center, so many scouts project him to right field, where he has the arm to play. He'll return to Rancho Cucamonga in 2016, where he will still be one of the California League's youngest players.
Calhoun spent a season at Arizona before transferring to Yavapai (Ariz.) JC, in 2015, when he led all Division I juco batters with 31 home runs in 61 games. Much of that power is a product of an extreme offensive environment, but Calhoun is a standout hitter in any context. After signing for $347,500 as a fourth-round pick, he raked at three levels of pro ball, which culminated in 20 games at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Short and stocky, Calhoun may not look the ideal part, but he is a gifted lefthanded batter. He's a natural, balanced hitter. He generates quick bat speed without getting out of position, taking a direct cut to the ball and keeping the barrel through the hitting zone to stay on plane with the ball for a long time. With his swing, hand-eye coordination and approach, he walked nearly as many times as he struck out in his debut, a trend that should continue. He has surprising power for his size, mostly to his pull side, but he has a chance to crack 15-plus homers. Calhoun's defense is a concern. He has decent hands but doesn't have great quickness and will need to improve his jumps and angles to be able to avoid moving to left field. Sharing some similarities with Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella, Calhoun could move quickly if he can bring his defense along.
All of the arrows pointed in the right direction for Schebler in 2015. After a huge year at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga in 2013, he performed even better at Double-A Chattanooga the next year by cutting his strikeout rate, hitting for power and far exceeding expectations as a 26th-round pick in 2010. After the 2014 season, the Dodgers added Schebler to the 40-man roster, but when he reached Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2015, he strayed from what had made him successful. Trying to prove himself and force his way to the big leagues, Schebler began to press and got caught up in over-swinging and chasing pitches. That caused his offensive performance to sink, though he did receive two callups to the majors in 2015. When he's at his best, Schebler uses the middle of the field and stays within the strike zone. He can go deep to all fields with plus raw power, and he recorded impressive exit-velocity numbers. He's an average runner who has played center field, but his range and below-average arm fit best in left. Schebler will get a chance to reset in a pivotal 2016 season as he attempts to get back to what made him successful.
Lee had high expectations placed upon him when the Dodgers lured him away from playing quarterback and pitching at Louisiana State. The early returns were good, but his stuff has backed up, especially in a rough 2014 season where his ERA ballooned to 5.38 at Triple-A Albuquerque. Repeating the Pacific Coast League in the Dodgers' new Oklahoma City affiliate, Lee rebounded by cutting his ERA to 2.70 and making his major league debut in July. Lee no longer projects as a rotation anchor, with his stuff fringy to average across the board. He still is an excellent athlete who throws strikes, and only one PCL pitcher with 100 innings in 2015 walked fewer than the 1.5 batters per nine innings that Lee did. He has shown much-improved feel for pitching, which could allow him to stick around as a back-end starter. With a crossfire delivery, Lee throws his fastball at 88-92 mph and touches 94. He lacks an out pitch, so he uses a cutter/slider to try to stay off barrels. He commands his cutter to both sides of the plate. He manipulates the pitch to get outside the ball a little more so it moves like a slider with wider break. He sprinkles in a changeup and a slow, early-count curveball to change eye levels, but both are fringy pitches.
The Dodgers went well over their 2015-16 international bonus pool, so they decided to trade away their slot values for prospects and pay more in overage taxes. They found a taker in the Blue Jays, who needed more pool space to sign Vladimir Guerrero Jr. without going into the maximum penalty territory. So the Dodgers sent Toronto two international slot values worth $1,071,300 and in return acquired DeJong and second baseman Tim Locastro. Without sacrificing a player, the Dodgers were able to net a quality prospect in DeJong, a 2012 second-rounder who rebounded from a challenging 2014 season. DeJong started missing more bats in 2015, with his strikeout rate jumping from 17 percent in 2014 to 23 percent in 2015. During the season, his fastball sat at 88-92 mph. While his arm slot is lower than the near over-the-top angle he had out of high school, his fastball still is fairly straight. DeJong is a short strider who throws across his body, so during instructional league he worked to get more online to the plate and get more extension, and he touched 94 mph there. He always has had feel to spin a solid-average curveball with good depth, while his changeup is fringe-average. He's a good athlete who fields his position well. DeJong has a chance to open 2016 at Double-A Tulsa and develop into a back-end starter.
With Walker Buehler having Tommy John surgery and Kyle Funkhouser returning to Louisville, the top arm the Dodgers acquired in the 2015 draft who will pitch for the organization in 2016 is Sborz, who signed for $722,500 as the No. 74 overall pick. Sborz, whose older brother Jay made one big league appearance with the Tigers in 2010, worked primarily as a reliever at Virginia, but the Dodgers plan to develop him as a starter, a role he held his sophomore year. His fastball ranges anywhere from 90-97 mph with late life, and he sat toward the upper end of that range at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga in the California League playoffs. His above-average slider has good, late bite and depth, and he has feel to spin a curveball, too. Sborz stabs with his arm action in the back and has effort in his delivery, so smoothing that out will be a focal point to help him repeat his mechanics and improve his command. Sborz might ultimately end up in the bullpen, but working as a starter in the minors will give him a chance to work on his delivery and improve his below-average changeup. That should slow his timetable somewhat, though he could move quickly if the Dodgers decide to put him back into a relief role.
Scavuzzo's size and athleticism attracted the Dodgers when they drafted him out of high school in 2012, even if his hitting approach was on the raw side. He seemed to be trending in the right direction after a big year at Rookie-level Ogden in 2013, but he fell flat in 2014 at low Class A Great Lakes. Scavuzzo put in a lot of mechanical work to get himself into a better launch position and give himself a better chance to recognize pitches. He used to over-coil in his swing, so he worked to create better angle to the ball when he lifted his front leg without messing with his posture and over-rotating. He didn't immediately get comfortable with the changes, but as the 2015 season progressed, Scavuzzo's performance improved, particularly at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga, where he cranked 32 extra-base hits in 61 games. He isn't a pure hitter, but he has tremendous wrist strength and hand speed to compensate when his timing is off, with the power to go deep from right-center field over to his pull side. As he's added weight and strength, Scavuzzo's arm and speed now fit best in left field. He hit well in the Arizona Fall League, albeit with few walks and many strikeouts, but Double-A Tulsa will be a big test in 2016.
Hansen excelled in baseball and as a quarterback/wide receiver in high school. But he passed on a Stanford commitment to sign with the Dodgers for $997,500 as a second-round pick in 2015. Hansen was 19 on draft day, old for a high school pick, but he had a disappointing debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League. He struggled early in the season, then Dodgers officials felt he started pressing. He has the talent to rebound in 2016, when he will likely open in extended spring training before going either to Rookie-level Ogden or low Class A Great Lakes. He has quick bat speed, and his swing is smooth, with natural lift, though it tends to get long. He didn't show it in the AZL, but his biggest tool is his power, which should be above-average. Hansen is athletic for his size, with surprisingly above-average speed, but he probably will slow down as he fills out, with a below-average arm that should keep him in left field.
When the Dodgers signed Rhame for $300,000 as a sixth-round pick in 2013, his fastball sat 88-93 mph and touched 95. The next season, by the end of the year, he added a few ticks and began to dominate hitters. That carried over to 2015 when Rhame jumped to Double-A Tulsa and threw 95-99 mph with his four-seam fastball. Beyond pure velocity, his fastball has deception and good life, which makes it a swingand- miss pitch. Rhame has averaged more than a strikeout per inning every season, even though he lacks a reliable second pitch. He didn't have much feel for a changeup, so he toyed with a splitter in 2015, but that experiment didn't work. His best offspeed pitch is a fringy slider, which can be a quick, sharp pitch with short break, but it isn't a true out pitch. Rhame is a solid strike-thrower who could develop into a middle reliever if he can develop a legitimate second pitch, which will be a focal point in 2016 when he either returns to Tulsa or moves up to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The Dodgers paid $2,109,900 to sign Anderson as a first-round pick in 2013, and he has confounded scouts ever since. When he's at his best, he looks like a future mid-rotation starter. But Anderson struggled in 2015, with his command in particular. He is built like a workhorse starter with a strong, 6-foot-3 frame and a fairly sound delivery and arm action. His fastball sits 90-94 mph and can reach 97 with good life and downhill plane. Anderson lacks deception, however, and his strikeout rate dropped from 24 percent at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga in 2014 to 18 percent at Double-A Tulsa in 2015. He struggled with his fastball command and lost his release point on his slider. He has flashed a solid-average changeup, but when he got into trouble, he tended to overthrow. Developing more feel for his changeup, improving his command and regaining feel for his breaking ball will be important for Anderson in a critical 2016 season.
When the Dodgers blew past their international bonus pool at the start of the 2015-16 signing period, Heredia received a $2.6 million bonus, more than any non-Cuban player signed by Los Angeles. He has a thick, muscular frame, with his strength headlining an advanced tool set. For his bulky size, Heredia is quick and athletic, with above-average speed, though he projects best as a corner outfielder with a good arm for right field. He has quick bat speed and flashes plus raw power. Though he's not a pure hitter, he made hard contact in the Dominican Republic. Some scouts wonder whether he was simply overpowering pitchers in the D.R. with his physical maturity, however. Heredia loads his swing with a big leg kick that can mess with his timing, but he tones it down with two strikes. Pitch recognition and strike-zone management are areas he must improve. He could develop into a player along the lines of Padres prospect outfielder Rymer Liriano. He will make his pro debut in 2016, probably in the Rookie-level Arizona League.
Stripling was on the fast track to the big leagues after the Dodgers drafted him in 2012. In his first full season in 2013, he pitched 94 innings in Double-A with a 2.78 ERA, showing polished command and a diverse pitch mix that put him in position to make his major league debut in 2014. Instead, Stripling had Tommy John surgery. He returned in 2015 on a limited workload and held his own, though his stuff hasn't completely returned. Before his operation, he threw 88-94 mph, but his velocity settled mostly toward the lower end of that range in 2015. He does have good sink and run on his fastball with downhill angle. He doesn't have a true out pitch, but his secondary pitches are average across the board. He throws a slider/cutter that he can run away from righties or jam lefties as well as a changeup and curveball. He is a strike-thrower, though his command wasn't as crisp as it was before T.J. A cerebral pitcher, Stripling has a target of hitting about 130 innings in 2016 as he aims to help the Dodgers at the back of the rotation.
Thanks to Wieland having spent so much time on the major league disabled list, he is the rare player who has racked up three years of major league service time yet still retains his prospect eligibility. Despite appearing in a big league game in three different seasons, he still falls short of the 50-inning cutoff. Wieland reached the big leagues with the Padres in 2012, but Tommy John surgery erased his 2013 season. He returned in 2014, then after the season the Padres traded him and catcher Yasmani Grandal to the Dodgers for Matt Kemp and Tim Federowicz. Wieland threw just 39 innings in 2014, so 2015 was his first full season back from T.J., and he still isn't all the way back. He's an excellent athlete who can repeat his delivery, throw strikes and use all of his pitches. He works off an 88-93 mph fastball. His 73-78 mph curveball is an average pitch he leans on as his top secondary offering, and he mixes in a fringy changeup on both sides of the plate. Wieland operates with a thin margin for error, with a similar profile to Zach Lee. He can ramp up to about 150 innings in 2016, and he projects best as a swingman or No. 5 starter.
Davis had a strong summer on the travel-ball circuit after his junior year, but a broken left wrist ruined his senior season in 2015. With the lost year, he figured to go to Cal State Fullerton, where his father Greg had played college basketball, but instead the Dodgers signed him for $918,600, well above slot money in the fifth round. Given that Davis was coming back from injury and was just 17 when he made his pro debut, it's no surprise he struggled initially. He plays with a surprising smoothness for someone with his long, gangly frame. He has a sound righthanded swing with hands that work well at the plate. When healthy, he has shown average raw power, with a chance to improve that once he packs on needed muscle. Davis is a smart, savvy player, though he's not a quick-twitch athlete. A below-average runner without a quick first step, he played a solid shortstop in the Rookie-level Arizona League and showed sound hands, but he should slide over to third base. Davis probably will spend another year in Rookie ball in 2016.
Torreyes was a small signing when the Reds secured his rights for $40,000 out of Venezuela in 2010. Since then, he has bounced around, with a trade to the Cubs in 2011, then to the Astros in 2013. He was sold twice in 2015, first in May from the Astros to the Blue Jays, then in June to the Dodgers. When the Dodgers were hurting for infield depth, Torreyes came up in September while making his major league debut. Though he is 5-foot-7 with physical limitations, his bat control is terrific. He has a simple stroke, getting his body in position to create a swing that stays on plane through the hitting zone. That allows him to consistently find the barrel. He has a solid eye but doesn't draw a ton of walks, while his well belowaverage power limits his impact. An average runner, he's played at shortstop and third base, but his best fit is second, where he's a solid defender with an average arm. Torreyes probably begins 2016 at Triple-A Oklahoma City, but he should get back to the big leagues in a backup infielder role.
When German signed with the Dodgers for $75,000 just before the 2013 Dominican Summer League season, he threw 88-90 mph with long, loose whip to his arm. The next two years in the DSL, he allowed 51 runs in 55 innings, slowed by a dislocated knee. During Dominican instructional league in 2014, his stock started to climb as he began throwing in the mid- to upper 90s. He held that velocity in his U.S. debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League, as he sat 94-96 mph and reached 100. His fastball is his best pitch, with racing, sinking action. Hitters were able to square it up because he doesn't hide the ball well, so creating more deception would benefit him. German's feel for pitching and secondary stuff are rudimentary. His delivery is repeatable, but he varies his tempo and doesn't always repeat his high threequarters slot. His low- to mid-80s slider could be an average offering but is below-average now, while his firm changeup is a pitch he's just learning. German is a raw project, with many scouts projecting him as a reliever, but the Dodgers will develop him as a starter, possibly at Rookie-level Ogden in 2016.
Sandoval signed with the Dodgers for $150,000 after the 2012 season, impressing the organization with his size, athleticism and hand-eye coordination. He spent two seasons in the Dominican Summer League, then made his U.S. debut in 2015 in the Rookie-level Arizona League, where he showed a diverse tool package. Sandoval has a hyper-aggressive approach, drawing three walks and striking out 49 times in 50 games in 2015. He doesn't swing and miss at many strikes, but he gets in trouble because he likes to swing at everything,which will get exposed unless he improves his discipline. He didn't have much sock in his bat when he signed, but he now has average raw power. A solid-average runner with an above-average arm, Sandoval split time between center and right field, and where he fits in the future may depend on how much bigger he gets. Rookie-level Ogden or low Class A Great Lakes should be his next step.
Farmer spent four years as Georgia's starting shortstop but didn't have the range to stay at the position as a professional, with his bat too much of a question mark for him to go to third base. When the Dodgers drafted him in the eighth round in 2013 and signed him for $40,000, they moved him to catcher. Farmer controls the running game with quick feet, a good exchange and accurate throws that help his average arm play up. He threw out 42 percent of basestealers in 2015, which he finished at Double-A Tulsa. Farmer is athletic for a catcher, but his blocking and receiving need to improve. He also made 23 starts at third base, keeping his infield ability fresh. Farmer is a smart hitter who understands his strengths, with a mature knowledge of how pitchers will attack him. He has a simple swing, doesn't strike out much and hits line drives to all fields. He hit just three home runs in 2015, and his power grades as below-average. Already 25 years old, Farmer could develop into a backup catcher who can occasionally fill in at third base.
The Padres signed Paroubeck for $650,000 as a supplemental second-round pick in 2013, though he appeared in just 34 games for the organization with a right shoulder injury. San Diego shipped him to the Braves in a six-player deal in April 2015 that landed Craig Kimbrel with the Padres and prospect Matt Wisler and a 2015 supplemental first-round pick with Atlanta. Paroubeck spent three months with the Braves, who traded him and righthander Caleb Dirks to the Dodgers July 2 for an international bonus slot valued at $249,000. What jumps out most about Paroubeck is his tremendous bat speed from both sides of the plate, with average raw power that could grow. The combination of bat quickness and strength allows him to drive the ball with authority, though he's not a pure hitter. His discipline needs to improve, and his strikeout rate will need to come down. Slowed by a hamstring injury in 2015, he is a solid athlete, but he's limited to left field, where he needs to improve the accuracy on his below-average arm and learn to take better routes. He will make his full-season debut as a 21-year-old at low Class A Great Lakes in 2016.
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