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Top Prospects and Jon Broxton’s Leash

Top Prospects and Jon Broxton’s Leash

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.

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17 Responses to “Top Prospects and Jon Broxton’s Leash”

  1. SpokaneBob says:

    I do believe that Broxton was ruined by Torre. If he can come back remains to be seen. I think the closers job is his to lose. But if he can’t show he deserves it by mid April we need to give the job to someone else.

  2. Mark Timmons says:

    Last year was not Joe Torre’s finest hour.

  3. Bill Russell says:

    Kuo showed he is capable if Broxton sputters, Jensen may be primed and ready also. I think we have many options and a pretty good pen for 2011. Who knows, maybe Padilla will be ready for the new position. I am getting excited and can’t wait to buy Mark some wheat beers at Camelback. I would love to see Gwynn step up for the challenge and use Thames and Gibbons mainly off the bench. Gwynn will have some very good instructors helping him. Maury and Davey are two of the best. I would hope that Tony SR might lend a hand at helping Jr get his stroke going. Bunting should be 50% of everything he works on in the spring. A Brent Butler type of hitter. Can’t wait —- Go Blue

  4. ken says:

    I can’t help but be disgusted by what’s going on at Dodger Stadium this week, as the Stadium is transformed into a dirt track for the Monster Energy Supercross event. Is Frank hurting for cash? Dodger Stadium is a baseball shrine and should never be used for anything else!!

    Glad to hear that Elbert has a good slider. Is the Dodger’s development team very good at teaching young pitchers how to throw sliders?

    If Padilla is the closer who is the long releiver? Will Hillman be allowed to manage the staff and have all starters throw 125 pitches per game even if they are injured?

    The Dodgers should be able to promote one young starter per year for 2012, 2013, and 2014 or somebody has some explaining to do Lucy! They can not keep drafting pitchers in the first round every year and have only 2 stick in the LA Dodger rotation in 7 years.

    Broxton needs another pitch. Maybe Elbert can coach him. Broxton has reached the age where he needs to start shedding 5-10 pounds per year until he is down to 250 pounds.

  5. DodgerDude says:

    I am a fan of RDLR – this guy is a young Pedro Martinez. Watch him – he could be a factor this season.

  6. Bobby says:

    i find it amazing that zack lee has not throw a single pitch, but he’s already our 2nd ranked prospect.

    that says either he’s THAT good, or that our farm is THAT bad, where a guy who’s never pitched is already our top pitching prospect.

    either way, i hope he’s THAT good!

    • It’s a little of both. Lee is really good. As you can see, they think he’d be the Dodgers’ No. 2 starter behind Kershaw.

      The Dodgers’ system has been poor for the last couple years but it finally seems to be on the uptake. The addition of Lee helps that greatly.

      There is a lot of raw potential in the system. This year will tell a lot about the current crop of prospects and if they’ll be the next wave of guys, ala Billingsley, Broxton, Martin, Kershaw, etc.

  7. DodgerDude says:

    The Rays evidently just signed Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez.

    Now Manny and Johnny get to face the Yankees and Red Sox 36 times a year. The Rays ain’t laying down for anyone.

  8. artie says:

    surprised Justin Sellers isn’t listed in the top 10!

  9. Jaydavis says:

    I wish the best of luck to manram and caveman hope those two kill it.
    I also like the fact supercross is at dodger stadium, parking sucked at the coliseum.

  10. DodgerDude says:

    The Dodgers should do more events like that. It only makes financial sense.

  11. ken says:

    Moreno – Since when does Rich = Stupid?

    Manny – How Low can you go? Can the Toledo Mud Hens sign you for $2,000 next year. Oh, I forgot, that’s right, Frank is paying your real salary in 2011.

    Mark – Leashes are for Dogs. No more vitriolic comments!

  12. Bill Russell says:

    For the average bear or most of us, that would mean bitter.

  13. jerry says:

    last night line up was the way Bills..has been pitching.didnt think we could win with it.

  14. jerry says:

    ricky n….should not be hitting …he should be out of the game…he is not pitching well.


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