Baseball America has released their annual ranking of Dodger Prospects and here it is:
1. Dee Gordon, ss
2. Zach Lee, rhp
3. Rubby de la Rosa, rhp
4. Chris Withrow, rhp
5. Allen Webster, rhp
6. Jerry Sands, of/1b
7. Scott Elbert, lhp
8. Kenley Jansen, rhp
9. Ethan Martin, rhp
10.Trayvon Robinson, of
They also listed the Dodgers Prospects with the BEST TOOLS:
Best Hitter for Average Dee Gordon
Best Power Hitter Jerry Sands
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Justin Sellers
Fastest Baserunner Dee Gordon
Best Athlete Dee Gordon
Best Fastball Kenley Jansen
Best Curveball Chris Withrow
Best Slider Scott Elbert
Best Changeup Allen Webster
Best Control Zach Lee
Best Defensive Catcher Gorman Erickson
Best Defensive Infielder Dee Gordon
Best Infield Arm Pedro Baez
Best Defensive Outfielder James Baldwin
Best Outfield Arm Blake Smith
Reed MacPhail at Fangraphs also weighs in with Fangraphs Top 10 Dodger Prospects. Not surprisingly they are ranked differently.
What’s your opinion on their rankings?
Tony Jackson of ESPN/LosAngeles has a thought-provoking piece on Jon Broxton and how long he might be the Dodgers closer. As I suspected, he also presents Vicente Padilla as an option for the closer role:
One such option could be veteran Vicente Padilla at the back end of the bullpen. Padilla has been a mainstay in the Dodgers’ rotation the last season and a half, and they re-signed him mostly for rotation depth. Padilla has made one relief appearance over the past nine seasons, but he spent his first three major league seasons working strictly in relief. He has the kind of repertoire that some in the organization believe makes him versatile as a pitcher and the kind of guy who just might be able to close.
Add in his fearlessness — which isn’t always a good thing but could be when it comes to bouncing back from a bad outing — and Padilla becomes an intriguing candidate to possibly fill the role.