2012 Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects

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Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven't exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible. Ages are as of April 1, 2011.

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1. Zach Lee, rhp
2. Allen Webster, rhp
3. Nate Eovaldi, rhp
4. Alfredo Silverio, of
5. Chris Reed, lhp
6. Garrett Gould, rhp
7. Chris Withrow, rhp
8. Josh Lindblom, rhp
9. Joc Pederson, of
10. Tim Federowicz, c
Best Hitter for Average Joc Pederson
Best Power Hitter Kyle Russell
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Gorman Erickson
Fastest Baserunner James Baldwin III
Best Athlete James Baldwin III
Best Fastball Nate Eovaldi
Best Curveball Garrett Gould
Best Slider Chris Reed
Best Changeup Allen Webster
Best Control Zach Lee
Best Defensive Catcher Tim Federowicz
Best Defensive Infielder Pedro Baez
Best Infield Arm Pedro Baez
Best Defensive Outfielder James Baldwin III
Best Outfield Arm Blake Smith
Catcher Tim Federowicz
First Base Jerry Sands
Second Base Ivan De Jesus Jr.
Third Base Alex Santana
Shortstop Dee Gordon
Left Field Joc Pederson
Center Field Matt Kemp
Right Field Alfredo Silverio
No. 1 Starter Clayton Kershaw
No. 2 Starter Zach Lee
No. 3 Starter Chad Billingsley
No. 4 Starter Allen Webster
No. 5 Starter Nate Eovaldi
Closer Kenley Jansen
Year Player, Position 2011 Org.
2002 Ricardo Rodriguez, rhp Out of baseball
2003 James Loney, 1b Dodgers
2004 Edwin Jackson, rhp Cardinals
2005 Joel Guzman, ss/of Chunichi (Japan)
2006 Chad Billingsley, rhp Dodgers
2007 Andy LaRoche, 3b Athletics
2008 Clayton Kershaw, lhp Dodgers
2009 Andrew Lambo, of Pirates
2010 Dee Gordon, ss Dodgers
2011 Zach Lee, rhp Dodgers
Year Player, Position 2011 Org.
2002 James Loney, 1b Dodgers
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 Dodgers
2009 Aaron Miller, lhp (1st round supp.) Dodgers
2010 Zach Lee, rhp Dodgers
2011 Chris Reed, lhp Dodgers
*Did not sign.
Hiroki Kuroda, 2007 $7,300,000
Zach Lee, 2010 $5,250,000
Clayton Kershaw, 2006 $2,300,000
Joel Guzman, 2001 $2,255,000
Ben Diggins, 2000 $2,200,000
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After two years that have been like a bad dream that wouldn't end for Dodgers fans, there's finally hope that the franchise will be able to move forward in 2012.

In early November, embattled owner Frank McCourt agreed to sell the team and Dodger Stadium via auction, ending a saga that began when McCourt and wife Jamie, then the team's CEO, announced the end of their marriage in October 2009. What followed were two years of court battles over control of the franchise, first between Frank and Jamie McCourt, then between Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball. MLB accused McCourt of taking $189 million out of the team to fund an extravagant lifestyle.

MLB took the fight to McCourt in April by appointing a trustee to oversee the team's day-to-day operations in an attempt to remove him from power. The battle for control of the team's finances continued throughout the summer, with commissioner Bud Selig rejecting a 17-year, $3 billion television deal with Fox that would have given McCourt a desperately needed influx of cash. McCourt and the league neared a bankruptcy settlement in November, with the team and stadium expected to bring $1 billion or more at auction.

A 2011 season that also included the near-fatal beating of a Giants fan in a Dodgers Stadium parking lot on Opening Day and the club's lowest attendance in 11 years did provide some welcome on-field highlights. Homegrown players Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw blossomed into two of the game's brightest stars. Kershaw won the National League Cy Young Award and pitching triple crown, while Kemp nearly won the hitting triple crown and took home Baseball America Major League Player of the Year honors.

Though Los Angeles fell out of the playoff race by midseason, it went 41-28 after the all-star break and managed to finish with a winning 82-79 record under rookie manager Don Mattingly. The farm system provided plenty of contributions, most notably Dee Gordon, who hit .304 and showed spectacular defensive ability at shortstop. Rubby de la Rosa, Javy Guerra, Kenley Jansen and Jerry Sands also showed promise, though de la Rosa needed Tommy John surgery after starting his big league career 4-5, 3.71.

With Gordon and Sands graduating to the majors and Trayvon Robinson traded to the Mariners, the Dodgers lack potential impact position players outside of outfielder Alfredo Silverio. There's plenty more in the pitching pipeline, however, from top prospect Zach Lee to the cadre of arms who pitched at Double-A Chattanooga last year, such as Allen Webster, Nate Eovaldi, Chris Withrow and Josh Lindblom.

McCourt's financial woes have taken their toll on the team's ability to bring in amateur talent. Los Angeles spent just $3.5 million on its 2011 draft class, the fifth-lowest bonus total in baseball and less than the heavily backloaded $5.25 million deal it gave Lee alone in 2010.

The Dodgers' once-strong presence in Latin America also has greatly diminished. Silverio is the only international signee on our Top 10 Prospects list, as the team has been relegated to hoping it can strike gold with bargain deals such as the $50,000 it gave him in 2003 or the $15,000 it cost them to sign de la Rosa in 2007.

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