Los Angeles Dodgers 2015 Top 20 Prospect Rankings

By: JP Schwartz
Twitter: @Jaypers413

Every year around this time I like to rank each team’s top overall prospects. My criteria are based on A: Past Performance and B: Future Potential (50% of each per prospect)

Disclaimer: I am not a professional scout, nor did I attend any minor league games this year. These lists are the product of my own research of online scouting reports and scouting videos, as well as statistics, and are compiled purely for entertainment purposes.

Send your questions or feedback to me on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify for these lists, a prospect must have no more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

1: Julio Urias LHP
2: Corey Seager 3B
3: Joc Pederson OF
4: Grant Holmes RHP
5: Alex Verdugo OF
6: Jose De Leon RHP
7: Alex Guerrero 2B
8: Zach Lee RHP
9: Zach Bird RHP
10: Chris Reed LHP
11: Chris Anderson RHP
12: Tom Windle LHP
13: Scott Schebler OF
14: Julian Leon C
15: Jose Dominguez RHP
16: Cody Bellinger 1B
17: Pedro Baez RHP
18: Kyle Farmer C
19: Jeff Brigham RHP
20: Jacob Scavuzzo OF

Los Angeles Dodgers 2014 Top 20 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
Twitter: @Jaypers413

Every year around this time I like to rank each team’s top overall prospects. My criteria are based on A: Past Performance and B: Future Potential (50% of each per prospect)

Disclaimer: I am not a professional scout, nor did I attend any minor league games this year. These lists are the product of my own research of online scouting reports and statistics, and are compiled purely for entertainment purposes.

Send your questions or feedback to me on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify for these lists, a prospect must have no more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues.

LOS ANGELS DODGERS

1. Corey Seager 3B


2. Joc Pederson OF


3. Chris Anderson RHP


4. Julio Urias LHP


5. Zach Lee RHP


6. Ross Stripling RHP


7. Alexander Guerrero SS


8. Chris Reed LHP


9. Onelki Garcia LHP


10. Matt McGill RHP


11. Tom Windle LHP


12. Jesmuel Valentin SS


13. Victor Gonzalez LHP


14. Garrett Gould RHP


15. Cody Bellinger 1B


16. Brandon Dixon 3B


17. Jacob Scavuzzo OF


18. Zach Bird RHP


19. Darnell Sweeney SS


20. Jacob Rhame RHP

Los Angeles Dodgers 2012 Mid-Season Top 5 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413

As we are now halfway into the season and the signing deadline for 2012 draft picks has passed, here is my revised list of top 5 prospects in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Remember, a prospect must have fewer than 130 ABs or 50 IP in the Major Leagues to qualify.
(Stats through 7/28/2012)

1) Corey Seager – SS
Highest Level: Rookie League Ogden Raptors
2012 Stats:
MILB: .267, 4(2B), 7RBI

2) Zach Lee – P
Highest Level: AA Chattanooga Lookouts
2012 Stats:
MILB: 2-5, 5.60ERA, 80.1IP, 24BB, 72K, .291BAA

3) Garrett Gould – P
Highest Level: High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
2012 Stats:
MILB: 4-7, 4.90ERA, 101IP, 36BB, 97K, .266BAA

4) Allen Webster – P
Highest Level: AA Chattanooga Lookouts
2012 Stats:
MILB: 4-8, 3.90ERA, 94.2IP, 40BB, 89K, .271BAA

5) Chris Reed – P
Highest Level: AA Chattanooga Lookouts
2012 Stats:
MILB: 1-5, 3.29ERA, 54.2IP, 26BB, 51K, .196BAA

Send your questions or feedback to J.P. on twitter @Jaypers413

VIDEO: Dodgers Fan Moons The Camera During Bryce Harper’s First Major League Hit

Talk about the stuff of legends. Check out the Dodgers fan that moons the camera on Bryce Harper‘s first Major League Hit. Enjoy (NSFW-ish if you don’t want to see some dude’s butt at work)

2012 Los Angeles Dodgers Top 15 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413 on Twitter
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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.

Topps Didn’t Think Maury Wills Was Worth Signing To A $5 Baseball Card Contract Back In 1959

Now a days, the Topps baseball card company signs pretty much every minor league baseball player to a contract allowing them the opportunity to make a baseball card of that player should they see fit. Back in the 1950’s, it was an entirely different process. Thus was the case that Los Angeles Dodgers great Maury Wills was passed over as then Topps employee Turk Karam didn’t think enough of Wills, who was then participating in a spring training tryout with the Detroit Tigers, to offer him a contract. The story link below looks at the Wills oversight and how he eventually came to sign with Topps competitor Fleer who produced baseball cards for a short time in the 1960’s before finally resurfacing again in 1981. It’s a great historical read for any baseball card collector.

Did Topps turn down a deal on Maury Wills because he was such a bad prospect? — LATimes.com

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.

2011 Major & Minor League Baseball Brawl Video Timeline

With the 2011 season over and the playoffs about to start, here is a look back at the year that was in Major League and Minor League Baseball brawls and benches clearing incidents. If you see any that we are missing, please send us the link on our twitter page @MinorLeagueBlog. Enjoy the videos.

3-8-2011 – Milwaukee Brewers vs Los Angles Dodgers

4-26-2011 – Hagerstown Suns vs West Virginia Power

5-11-2011 – Baltimore Orioles vs Seattle Mariners

5-13-2011 – Greenville Drive vs Charleston River Dogs

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VIDEO: Ryan Roberts Walk Off Grand Slam Produces One Of The Most Awesome Home Run Trots Ever

Check out Ryan Roberts walk off grand slam from last night. The Diamondbacks trailed the Dodgers 6-3 heading into the bottom of the 10th. The D-Backs rallied to load the bases and set up Roberts heroics. The grand slam won the game for the Diamondbacks and kept their home field advantage dreams alive. In addition to the home run heroics, Roberts provided an equally epic trot around the bases in which he re-enacted manager Kirk Gibson’s famous fist pumping of his 1988 World Series Home Run off of Dennis Eckersley, and also ripped off his jersey before jumping into a sea of teammates. The blast came three nights after Ryan Roberts Bobblehead Night in Arizona. The bobbleheads which came complete with Roberts tattooed arms are currently going bonkers on Ebay. Check out the Home Run trot below, a video from the stands during the blast, as well as the post game interview with Roberts.






Vin Scully Gives Awesome Interview To GQ Magazine

Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully recently sat down with GQ Magazine’s Daniel Riley, who you can follow on twitter @danielvriley. Rather than the traditional interview format, Riley instead has Scully revisit some of his greatest calls. Among them Don Larsen’s Perfect Game, Sandy Koufax’ Perfect Game, Hank Aaron’s 715th Home Run, Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series Home Run, Bill Buckner’s error and more. It’s pure awesomeness. Check it out via the story link below.

Vin Scully Remembers His Greatest Calls — GQ.com