Stock Up, Stock Down for Los Angeles Dodgers' Top 10 Prospects for Week 3
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ top 10 prospects—according to B/R’s own Mike Rosenbaum—have had excellent starts to the season overall. They continued that this week, as most of the players turned in positive performances. As we know, most of the men on this list are pitchers, but the hitters at the top continue to stand out and demonstrate their elite status.
Notes: All statistics courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted. All statistics updated through April 20 unless otherwise noted.
10. Chris Reed, LHP
Last week’s stats: 6.0 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 9 K, 3 BB
Reed dominated again, and he continues to make his case to be considered major league ready. The lefty has put in two consecutive fantastic performances, so he is forcing himself into the conversation. Despite his lower ranking on this list, the Dodgers must have high hopes after investing a first-round pick to get him in 2011.
2014 stats: 17.2 IP, 1.02 ERA, 22 K, 9 BB
9. Zachary Bird, RHP
Last week’s stats: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 K, 3 BB
The young righty stabilized his season after beginning the year with two bad outings. Bird is 19 years old and is in A-ball, so he’s still young for his level—but of course it's good to see that he has gotten himself under control. We still haven’t seen many strikeouts, but the re-emergence of his ability to get batters out is an obvious plus.
2014 stats: 14.1 IP, 6.91 ERA, 7 K, 7 BB
8. Tom Windle, LHP
Last week’s stats: 2.2 IP, 6 ER, 4 K, 1 BB
After two excellent starts to begin the year, Windle got shelled in his one outing this week versus Lake Elsinore. He was unable to last three innings, and he allowed eight hits. However, silver linings are easy to find; he allowed no home runs, and he struck out four batters even though he didn’t make it out of the third.
2014 stats: 13.2 IP, 4.61 ERA, 14 K, 1 BB
7. Chris Withrow, RHP
Last week’s stats: 2.1 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 2 K, 4 BB
Withrow had a rough week, and it was highlighted by him failing in spectacular fashion Friday night. However, he has still become a solid and dependable member of the major league bullpen. His strikeout numbers continue to impress, and—despite the outcome of Friday night—the fact that manager Don Mattingly trusted him in the ninth inning of a tie game does speak well of him.
2014 stats: 9.1 IP, 0.96 ERA, 14 K, 6 BB (via Baseball-Reference through April 12)
6. Ross Stripling, RHP
Last week’s stats: None
Stripling is out for the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
2014 stats: None
5. Chris Anderson, RHP
Last week’s stats: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 7 K, 4 BB
The Dodgers’ 2013 first-round pick tossed his best outing of the year this week, and it was certainly nice to see. He finally held a team scoreless, and the fact that he continued to strike batters out is a positive. He obviously still has control problems to work on, but this game demonstrated the potential of his offerings.
2014 stats: 14.2 IP, 3.68 ERA, 17 K, 14 BB
4. Zach Lee, RHP
Last week’s stats: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 K, 2 BB
Lee continues to get better as the season goes along, and this week was no exception. His third game of the season marked the first time he allowed no runs, and it was also his longest outing of the year.
One thing that would be nice to see at some point is either improved command or better strikeout stuff. The fact that he pitches in Albuquerque makes measuring his numbers difficult, but he has yet to strike out more than three or go an entire game without walking someone.
2014 stats: 16.2 IP, 1.62 ERA, 9 K, 4 BB
3. Joc Pederson, OF
Last week’s stats: 29 AB, 14 H, 4 2B, 2 HR, 2 SB
The lefty outfielder has continued his scintillating start to 2014. He is absolutely on fire, and it is simply unfortunate that there is no spot for him at the big league level. With two left-handed outfielders already on the roster, there just isn’t room for another—and the Dodgers surely want the 21-year-old to continue playing everyday.
2014 stats: .422/.526/.766, 7 2B, 5 HR, 5 SB
2. Julio Urias, LHP
Last week’s stats: 4.1 IP, 5 R, 6 K, 2 BB
Urias bounced back from his incredibly short outing the week before with a more positive—but still not great—effort this week. Like many of the other Dodgers pitching prospects on this list, the lefty demonstrated his strikeout ability, but he allowed six hits and struggled to get batters out.
2014 stats: 10.0 IP, 5.40 ERA, 13 K, 8 BB
1. Corey Seager, SS
Last week’s stats: 25 AB, 5 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 SB
The young shortstop didn’t have an elite week, but he wasn’t bad, either. Instead, he had a fine performance that helps illustrate his future. Even when he doesn’t hit incredibly well, he still flashes his power and speed to help contribute.
2014 stats: .286/.338/.443, 6 2B, 1 HR, 4 SB