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Monday, January 30, 2012

Kevin Goldstein: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 11 Prospects

System In 20 Words Or Less: There is depth here, but there’s also a disturbing lack of future impact talents.

Four-Star Prospects
1. Zach Lee, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
2. Nathan Eovaldi, RHP
3. Allen Webster, RHP
4. Chris Reed, LHP
5. Garrett Gould, RHP
6. Chris Withrow, RHP
7. Alfredo Silverio, OF
8. Joc Pederson, OF
9. Alex Castellanos, OF/2B
10. Angel Sanchez, RHP
11. Shawn Tolleson, RHP

Nine More:
12. James Baldwin, OF: He’s an ultra-athletic outfielder with power, speed, and a disturbing number of strikeouts.
13. Tim Federowicz, C: He has big league-ready defense (and plus at that) but a backup’s bat.
14. Ethan Martin, RHP: The former first-round pick will try starting again but remains in the deep weeds in terms of command and control.
15. Josh Lindblom, RHP: He’s a big league-ready reliever, but his ceiling ends in 7th or 8th inning.
16. Aaron Miller, LHP: This power lefty lost his 2011 season due to non-arm injuries; he could move up the list with healthy season.
17. Gorman Erickson, C: He’s an intriguing backstop with on-base skills and a bit of pop, but his defense needs work.
18. Scott Van Slyke, 1B: He can hit but is an older, first-base only prospect that needs to keep doing it.
19. Kyle Russell, OF: He possesses huge raw power, excellent right field defense, and all sorts of contact issues.
20. Steve Ames, RHP: The scouting reports are not as impressive as the numbers, but evaluators see a big league future as middle reliever.

Tripon Posted: January 30, 2012 at 06:27 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 30, 2012 at 08:24 PM (#4049977)
Is Alfredo Silverio the son of former big leaguer Luis? Cause that would be four sons of big leaguers I count on that list - Silverio, Shawn Tolleson (son of Wayne), James Baldwin III (son of James Jr.) and Scott Van Slyke (son of Andy). Allen Webster is somehow not the son of Mitch. And just think if they hadn't traded away Tim Wallach's kid!
   2. Tripon Posted: January 30, 2012 at 08:25 PM (#4049978)
The Dodgers drafted three sons of Tim Wallach, and signed two of them.
   3. NTNgod Posted: January 30, 2012 at 08:28 PM (#4049982)
They had Preston Mattingly until recently, too.
   4. JJ1986 Posted: January 30, 2012 at 08:48 PM (#4049991)
The White Sox pitcher James Baldwin has a son in pro ball?
   5. Mike Emeigh Posted: January 30, 2012 at 08:48 PM (#4049992)
Is Alfredo Silverio the son of former big leaguer Luis?

Nope. Luis Silverio has five kids, three girls and two boys; the boys are 18 and 16. (Angel Berroa is his son-in-law, however.)

Alfredo Silverio had a great year at Jacksonville, but he's already 24 and there were a lot of speed hits in that SLG (18 triples). Despite his speed he's a bad base stealer and doesn't have get good reads or jumps in the outfield, either.

I mostly agree with Kevin. Lee's the only real potential impact prospect here, and he was merely good, not dominant, in the Midwest League (although I'd take it for age 19). The position players are a pretty thin bunch.

-- MWE

   6. Tripon Posted: January 30, 2012 at 11:09 PM (#4050088)
Guys like Rubby DeLaRosa, Dee Gordon, and Jerry Sands all graduated over last year, and I believe they would have made this list much stronger if they were included. But Gordon is the Juan Pierre of shortstops, Rubby had Tommy John surgery, and Jerry Sands won't even get the chance to start over ####### Juan Rivera.

   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 30, 2012 at 11:50 PM (#4050100)
And Dee Gordon is Tom's kid.
   8. MM1f Posted: January 31, 2012 at 12:00 AM (#4050102)
and Jerry Sands won't even get the chance to start over ####### Juan Rivera.

I want to root for a kid from Catawba College to succeed but Jerry Sands' entire resume consists of 75 good September at-bats. He had to repeat low-A, a terrible sign for a college 1b/LF, and he was good but not great at AA and AAA. A .930 OPS in Albequerque is pretty "meh," especially for a bat-only player, and he struck out plenty.

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