As we get ready to turn the calendar and approach another Spring Training it is being asked in certain circles – how good is the Los Angeles Dodger minor league system? And, as that question is answered, and frankly we won’t know for a while, the question on many Dodger blog sites is being asked – why don’t the Dodgers have more prospects in the top 100?
At the beginning of this year, the Dodgers had one player in the top 50, Scott Elbert, and we all have seen him at the big league level. We did have another, Carlos Santana, (ESPN’s Keith Law has him at 13) but we know what happened there. If you look at the top 50 from a late summer analysis at MLB.com:
Top 50 Prospects Rank Player Team Pos 1 Jason Heyward ATL OF 2 Madison Bumgarner SF LHP 3 Mike Stanton FLA OF 4 Justin Smoak TEX 1B 5 Buster Posey SF C 6 Neftali Feliz TEX RHP 7 Chris Tillman BAL RHP 8 Brian Matusz BAL LHP 9 Jarrod Parker ARI RHP 10 Tim Beckham TB SS 11 Alcides Escobar MIL SS 12 Jesus Montero NYY C 13 Matt LaPorta CLE 1B 14 Wade Davis TB RHP 15 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 16 Jake Arrieta BAL RHP 17 Jeremy Hellickson TB RHP 18 Yonder Alonso CIN 1B 19 Brett Wallace OAK 3B 20 Michael Taylor PHI OF 21 Carlos Santana CLE C 22 Desmond Jennings TB OF 23 Austin Jackson NYY OF 24 Domonic Brown PHI OF 25 Logan Morrison FLA 1B 26 Kyle Drabek PHI RHP 27 Jason Castro HOU C 28 Pedro Alvarez PIT 3B 29 Mike Moustakas KC SS/3B 30 Eric Hosmer KC 1B 31 Josh Vitters CHI 3B 32 Lars Anderson BOS 1B 33 Tim Alderson PIT RHP 34 Ben Revere MIN OF 35 Christian Friedrich COL LHP 36 Aaron Hicks MIN OF 37 Casey Kelly BOS RHP/SS 38 Martin Perez TEX LHP 39 Jason Knapp CLE RHP 40 Matt Dominguez FLA 3B 41 Michael Bowden BOS RHP 42 Peter Bourjos LAA OF 43 Julio Borbon TEX OF 44 Mat Latos SD RHP 45 Jhoulys Chacin COL RHP 46 Jennry Mejia NYM RHP 47 Derek Norris WAS C 48 Jaff Decker SD OF 49 Matt Moore TB LHP 50 Angel Villalona SF
SB Nation also has their list, as just about all other blogs. The Dodgers have nobody listed. Our best prospects, as Mark pointed out recently, are at best B+ and B rated prospects. We do have young pitchers in the system, namely Withrow, Miller, Martin and Lindblom that have excellent promise, but only Lindblom looks close to Major League ready. There is not an A prospect on the list and our most promising young players are two years away at best. We seem to have gone from Organization of the Year in 2006 to Organization Non Grata in 2010.
So I ask the question of you – has Logan White lost his touch? Or could it be something deeper, more systemic – like lack of leadership from the top?