2012 Los Angeles Dodgers Top 15 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
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2012 Los Angeles Dodgers Top 15 Prospect Rankings

Every year at this time I like to rank each team’s top prospects. My criteria is based upon both past performance and future potential to his parent team. This is my ranking of the 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers Top Prospects. If you have any questions about my rankings, feel free to shoot me a message on twitter @Jaypers413

#1 Zach Lee RHP
Born: 9/13/1991
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Great Lakes Loons
2011 Combined Stats: 9-6, 3.47ERA, 109IP, 32BB, 91K, .242BAA

#2 Allen Webster RHP
Born: 2/10/1990
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
2011 Combined Stats: 11-5, 4.03ERA, 145IP, 57BB, 135K, .265BAA

#3 Chris Reed LHP
Born: 5/20/1990
Highest Level Reached: High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
2011 Combined Stats: 0-1, 7.71ERA, 7IP, 4BB, 9K, .321BAA (1st Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft)

#4 Alfredo Silverio OF
Born: 5/6/1987
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
2011 Combined Stats: .306, 42(2B), 18(3B), 16HR, 85RBI, 11SB

#5 Garrett Gould RHP
Born: 7/19/1991
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Great Lake Loons
2011 Combined Stats: 11-6, 2.40ERA, 123.2IP, 37BB, 104K, .220BAA

#6 Derek Cone RHP
Born: 6/20/1990
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Great Lake Loons
2011 Combined Stats: 4-8, 5.11ERA, 91.2IP, 50BB, 96K, .259BAA

#7 Scott McGough RHP
Born: 10/31/1989
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Great Lake Loons
2011 Combined Stats: 1-5, 2.77ERA, 10 Saves, 26IP, 6BB, 33K, .263BAA (5th Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft)

#8 Joc Pederson OF
Born: 4/21/1992
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League Ogden Raptors
2011 Combined Stats: .323, 20(2B), 2(3B), 11HR, 65RBI, 26SB

#9 Jesus Valdez RHP
Born: 3/27/1992
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League AZL Dodgers
2011 Combined Stats: .241, 5(2B), 1(3B), 3HR, 15RBI (17th Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft)

#10 Shawn Tolleson RHP
Born: 1/19/1988
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
2011 Combined Stats: 7-2, 1.17ERA, 25SB, 69IP, 18BB, 105K, .206BAA

#11 Chris Withrow RHP
Born: 4/1/1989
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
2011 Combined Stats: 6-6, 4.20ERA, 128.2IP, 75BB, 130K, .239BAA

#12 Angelo Songco OF
Born: 9/9/1988
Highest Level Reached: High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
2011 Combined Stats: .313, 48(2B), 4(3B), 29HR, 114RBI

#13 James Baldwin OF
Born: 10/10/1991
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League Ogden Raptors
2011 Combined Stats: .250, 9(2B), 3(3B), 10HR, 39RBI, 22SB

#14 Nate Eovaldi RHP
Born: 2/13/1990
Highest Level Reached: MLB Los Angeles Dodgers
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: 6-5, 2.62ERA, 103IP, 46BB, 99K, .203BAA
MAJORS: 1-2, 3.63ERA, 34.2IP, 20BB, 23K, .230BAA

#15 Alex Santana 3B
Born: 8/21/1993
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League AZL Dodgers
2011 Combined Stats: .238, 10(2B), 3(3B), 1HR, 19RBI, 8SB (2nd Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft)

Disclaimer – I did not attend any minor league games this year, nor do I claim to have any scouting experience. These lists are the product of my own research of statistics and online scouting reports.

2011 Los Angeles Dodgers Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Los Angeles Dodgers preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Dee Gordon GRADE: A
Gordon batted .304 with 9 Doubles, 2 Triples, 11 RBI’s, and added 24 stolen bases in 56 games with the Dodgers. In the minors Gordon batted a combined .331 with 10 Doubles, 6 Triples, 24 RBI’s and had 32 stolen bases between 70 games with the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes and a three game rehab stint with the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

#2 Zach Lee GRADE: A-
Lee went 9-6 with a 3.47ERA for the Low-A Great Lakes Loons. He walked 32 and struck out 91 in 109 innings. Opposing batters hit .242 off Lee on the season.

#3 Jerry Sands GRADE: A-
Sands batted .253 with 15 Doubles, 4 Home Runs, and 26 RBI’s in 61 games with the Dodgers. At Triple-A Albuquerque, Sands hit .278 with 21 Doubles, 3 Triples, 29 Home Runs and 88 RBI’s in 94 games.

#4 Allen Webster GRADE: B
Webster went a combined 11-5 with a 4.03ERA for High-A Rancho Cucamonga and the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. He walked 57 and struck out 135 in 145 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .265 against Webster on the season. He struggled a bit following his promotion to Double-A as he had a 5.04ERA in Double-A compared to 2.33ERA in High-A and opposing hitters batted 58 points higher against him.

#5 Rubby de la Rosa GRADE: A-
De La Rosa went 4-5 with a 3.71ERA for the Dodgers before tearing his ulnar collateral ligament and undergoing Tommy John Surgery. He walked 31 and struck out 60 in 60.2 innings of work. Big league hitters batted .244 off De La Rosa. In the minors, De La Rosa went 2-2 with a 2.93ERA in 40 innings at Double-A Chattanooga. His grade reflects his work prior to his injury.

#6 Ethan Martin GRADE: B-
Martin went 9-7 with a 5.95ERA combined between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga. He walked 66 and struck out 104 in 95.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .262 off Martin who pitched significantly better following his promotion to Double-A.

#7 Leon Landry GRADE: B-
Landry batted .250 with 21 Doubles, 11 Triples, 4 Home Runs, and 41 RBI’s for Low-A Great Lakes. He also added 28 stolen bases. Landry walked 37 times and struck out 67 times in 125 at bats.

#8 Trayvon Robinson TRADED TO SEATTLE
Robinson batted .210 with 12 Doubles, 2 Home Runs and 14 RBI’s in 40 games for the Mariners. In the Dodgers minor league system prior to the trade, Robinson batted .293 with 9 Doubles, 6 Triples, 26 Home Runs and 71 RBI’s for Triple-A Albuquerque.

#9 Aaron Miller GRADE: B-
Miller went a combined 4-2 with a 3.75ERA between two innings for the AZL Dodgers and 34 innings at High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He walked 19 and struck out 33 in those 36 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .275 against him.

#10 Kenley Jansen GRADE: A+
Jansen went 2-1 with a 2.85ERA and 5 saves for the Dodgers. He broke the major league baseball strikeout per nine innings record by striking out 16.1 batters per nine innings. He walked 26 and struck out 96 in 53.2 innings of work. Opposing batters hit just .159 against Jansen. In the minors, Jansen was 0-1 with a 3.38ERA over eight innings between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga.

#11 Chris Withrow GRADE: B-
Withrow went 6-6 with a 4.20ERA for Double-A Chattanooga. He walked 75 and struck out 130 in 128.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .239 off Withrow on the season.

#12 Kyle Russell GRADE: C+
Russell batted a combined .255 with 31 Doubles, 5 Triples, 20 Home Runs and 72 RBI’s between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque. He walked 53 times and struck out 154 times in 131 games.

#13 Garrett Gould GRADE: A
Gould went 11-6 with a 2.40ERA for Low-A Great Lakes. He walked 37 and struck out 104 in 123.2 innings of work. Opposing batters hit just .220 against Gould on the season.

#14 Jake Lemmerman GRADE: B
Lemmerman batted a combined .283 with 29 Doubles, 2 Triples, 10 Home Runs and 65 RBI’s between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga. He added 10 stolen bases. He walked 55 times and struck out 112 times in 124 games.

#15 James Baldwin GRADE: B-
Baldwin batted .250 with 9 Doubles, 3 Triples, 10 Home Runs and 39 RBI’s for the Rookie League Ogden Raptors. He also added 22 stolen bases. Baldwin walked 18 times and struck out 74 times in 50 games.

Bowman Chrome Autograph Prospecting Penny Stock Edition: 10 Prospects Under $5.00 To Buy

Bowman Chrome Autographs have long been the king of the baseball card prospecting world. Many buy and sell these cards as if they were stock, buying low and selling high, and turning a nice profit to do it all over again with the next wave of prospects, upon each subsequent Bowman Chrome release. In this article, I have found 10 players, whose Bowman Chrome autographs recently ended for $5.00 delivered or less on Ebay, who I believe are great low risk buys for the Bowman Chrome prospector. The list is below is in no particular order.

Ryan Wheeler Arizona Diamondbacks: Lost in the shuffle of the Diamondbacks group of hitting prospects that includes Paul Goldschmidt, Marc Krauss, Bobby Borchering, Matt Davidson and a host of others, Wheeler is having a career year at Double-A Mobile. The third baseman is hitting .302 with 20(2B), 11HR, and 63RBI through 89 games. The 11 Home Runs are one off the 22 year old’s career high.
Ryan Wheeler 2010 Bowman Chrome Autographs On Ebay

Jonathan Villar Houston Astros: The 20 year old was recently promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi and is one of the youngest players in the Texas League. While he is hitting just .233 combined (.201 in AA) and striking out in nearly a third of his at-bats, Villar has 13(2B), 5(3B), 7HR, and 35RBI as well as 26 stolen bases on the season. If he can get his strikeouts down and his average up over the next couple of years, this card could see some great growth.
Jonathan Villar 2011 Bowman Chrome Autographs On Ebay

Adron Chambers St. Louis Cardinals: At 24 Chambers is one of the oldest players you will see on this list, however being on the St Louis Cardinals, a team that tends to do well in the hobby, could allow this bargain basement prospect to see a nice spike immediately after his big league debut. An against all odds player, Chambers was 38th round pick back in 2007. Since then he’s hit under .270 just once in the minors. This year for Triple-A Memphis, Chambers is hitting .274, 9(2B), 2(3B), 9HR, and 32RBI. He also has 11 stolen bases on the year. Not a long term hold by any means, but he should be a very nice buy low, flip high player this September.
Adron Chambers 2011 Bowman Chrome Autographs On Ebay

Allen Webster Los Angeles Dodgers: The 20 year old right hander is following up a solid Low-A campaign in 2010 with nearly as good numbers at the higher levels. He earned a promotion to Double-A in late May after going 5-2 with a 2.33ERA in the hitters friendly California League. Since arriving in the Southern League, Webster has gone 2-1 with a 3.69 ERA in 46 innings. Opposing batters are hitting a combined .226 off of him. Dodger Stadium could come calling for a spot start or two should anyone get hurt down the stretch. Webster has both a 2010 Bowman Platinum Autograph as well as a 2011 Bowman Chrome Autograph which both sell under $5.00.
Allen Webster 2010 Bowman Platinum and 2011 Bowman Chrome Autographs On Ebay

Jeurys Familia New York Mets: Durability issues are a bit of a question, he just got put on the DL with a right shoulder impingement this morning, but when he is healthy, Familia has been pretty dominant. This year he is a combined 3-3 with a 2.63ERA and 100 strikeouts in 92.1 innings pitched between High-A and Double-A. Opposing hitters are batting just .214 on the year. If his arm holds up, Familia could compete for a starting job with the Mets next season.
Jeurys Familia 2010 Bowman Chrome Autographs On Ebay

Corban Joseph New York Yankees: Like Adron Chambers, Joseph makes the list as a buy low, sell high flip. With Robinson Cano blocking his path to the bigs, there is not a high likelihood that Jospeh ends up doing much longterm, at least in the Yankee organization. However the the 22 year old is putting up solid numbers at Double-A Trenton, batting .282, 27(2B), 7(3B), 4HR, and 36RBI, and the Yankees usually reward young players like this with September call ups or as injury replacements. One big hit in the Bronx will send Joseph’s chrome autographs into the $15-$20 range overnight.
Corban Joseph 2010 Bowman Chrome Autographs On Ebay

Jefry Marte New York Mets: The 20 year old third baseman has done a respectable job in his first go-around in the Florida State League hitting .270 with 18(2B), 5HR, and 41RBI. He has 11 stolen bases and only been caught once, and struck out just 55 times in 318 at-bats thus far, which is not bad for being one of the younger players in the league. His numbers this season are nearly identical to fellow Mets prospect Wilmer Flores who has been the recipient of loads of hobby love in the past.
Jefry Marte 2010 Bowman Chrome Autographs On Ebay

Scooter Gennett Milwaukee Brewers: There aren’t a whole ton of prospects left in the Brewers organization and there are likely to be fewer as the big league club continues it’s now or never run at the post season in what is likely Prince Fielder’s final year with the club. That being said, Gennett may be a little overvalued as a top 10 organizational prospect in a barren farm system, however Gennett is holding his own in the Florida State League batting .281 with 11(2B), 3(3B), 5HR, and 32RBI. He’s struck out just 42 times in 359 at-bats this season. If he can develop 12-15 Home Run power at his second base position over the next couple of years as he climbs the ladder, Gennett could find himself being a Danny Espinosa (who is 3 years older than Gennett) type by the time he reaches the big leagues.
Scooter Gennett 2010 Bowman Chrome Autographs On Ebay

Trayce Thompson Chicago White Sox: Thompson is the ultimate all or nothing guy in this group. He’s in his second year of Low-A ball as a 20 year old after his first season at Kannapolis was cut short by injury. He’s hitting just .224 this year and has yet to finish a year above .229 as a pro. However Thompson can hit a ball very far. This year his power continues to develop and he has 20(2B), 15HR’s and has drove in 50 runs thus far. He has also struck out 114 times in 340 at-bats. If he can get his plate discipline under control he could be scary good as he progresses through the White Sox system. If he cannot, he will be the latest version of former Braves all or nothing prospect Cody Johnson.
Trayce Thompson 2010 Bowman Chrome Autographs On Ebay

Adrian Cardenas Oakland Athletics: I will probably get flack for this, but I am still a buyer on Adrian Cardenas. Yes he’s been around forever, but he’s still only 23 years old. He’s never hit below .295 in a season in six years as a pro. In his first full season in Triple-A Cardenas is hitting .305 with 17(2B), 2(3B), 3HR, and 30RBI. He’s walked 35 times and struck out just 28 times in 308 at-bats. Chicks dig the long ball and so do prospectors, but I say at some point in the next year or two, Cardenas chrome autographs are selling for well above the $.99 level he is at right now.
Adrian Cardenas 2006 Bowman Chrome Autographs On Ebay