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The Dodgers’ farm system, defined as every player in the organization who hasn’t achieved Rookie of the Year eligibility yet, is the 10th-best in baseball according to ESPN.com.
Writes Keith Law:
Their front three prospects are the strongest in the game, and their top 10 is still strong, but it thins out very quickly beyond their 10th or 11th guy. In terms of just guys with the potential to be stars, they rival the Cubs and Twins.
The Cubs took the top spot on Law’s list. The Twins ranked second.
As for the Dodgers’ top three prospects, the consensus trio is pitcher Julio Urias, outfielder Joc Pederson and shortstop Corey Seager (in some order). That’s true both inside the organization and outside.
Law ranked the Dodgers’ organization 22nd as recently as 2011.
Writes Jonathan Mayo:
Kyle Seager is an All-Star and Gold Glove third baseman who just got a big contract extension from the Mariners. Scary thing is his kid brother might have more upside. He’s as good a hitter as there is in the Minor Leagues, one who’s bat will profile well even if he has to eventually move to third, a move most foresee. He has All-Star potential wherever he plays.
Seager, 20, recently received his first invitation to the Dodgers’ major-league spring training camp.
The Dodgers announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen and left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard to minor-league contracts with invitations to major league spring training camp.
That brings the number of non-roster invitees to 18:
Nineteen year-old infield prospect Yoan Moncada, whom the Dodgers have been hotly pursuing since he legally left Cuba, could be cleared to sign with a major-league team soon.
According to a report on Yahoo! Sports, Moncada is clear to receive a license to sign with any major-league team because of a recent foreign policy change by the United States government. Writes Jeff Passan:
Any person who meets the requirements for a general unblocking license no longer will be issued a specific unblocking license, a Treasury Department official told Yahoo Sports, putting the onus on MLB to verify Moncada’s residency [in Guatemala] and allow teams to begin negotiating contracts with him. Moncada had been waiting for a specific license from OFAC since late September, sources said, the only hold-up in an expected bidding war for his services.
MLB was drafting a letter to OFAC on Tuesday asking for a meeting in the near future to clarify the new regulations and potentially change league policy, which requires a specific unblocking license. Should a meeting take place soon, one league official estimated Moncada could be free to negotiate with teams within two weeks.
If the Dodgers end up extending a spring training invitation to another left-handed pitcher from their minor-league ranks (now that Robert Carson‘s invitation has been withdrawn), here’s a name to pay attention to: Jeremy Horst.
The Dodgers signed Horst, 29, to a minor-league contract. Currently he does not have an invitation to the major-league camp. The Wyoming native has appeared in 72 major-league games over parts of three seasons with the Reds and Phillies from 2011-13.
In 2014, Horst appeared in 45 games (three starts) for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate, and posted a 4-2 record and a 3.98 earned-run average. When the Phillies outrighted Horst for the second time, he elected free agency.
Carson, a 26-year-old left-hander, was one of seven minor-league pitchers whom the Dodgers invited to spring training. He has pitched in 31 major-league games in his career, all with the New York Mets from 2012-13. Carson finished last season with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, pitching in 18 games out of the bullpen with a 5.40 ERA.
Alexander, a seventh-round draft pick in 2012, was listed on the roster of Rookie-level Ogden. He batted .217 in 43 games with the Raptors last year.
Both suspensions are effective at the beginning of the regular season. Under the Joint Drug Agreement between MLB and the Players’ Association, all minor-league players are subject to random out-of-season testing.
Update (2:20 p.m.): Carson’s spring training invite has been rescinded. The Dodgers currently are inviting 16 players to spring training as non-roster invitees. The new list:
The Dodgers revealed uniform numbers for a number of their new acquisitions on Tuesday. The suspense probably wasn’t killing you for Jimmy Rollins or Howie Kendrick, who already had jersey-unveiling ceremonies at Dodger Stadium. Here are the rest:
Yasmani Grandal 9
Jimmy Rollins 11
Juan Nicasio 12
Kiké Hernandez 14
Chris Heisey 28
Joc Pederson 31
Brett Anderson 35
Adam Liberatore 36
Brandon McCarthy 38
Chris Hatcher 41
Joe Wieland 45
Mike Bolsinger 46
Howie Kendrick 47
Zach Lee 51
Joel Peralta 62
Austin Barnes 65
Chris Reed 67
Scott Schebler 83
A couple notes on these:
San Diego Padres outfielder Matt Kemp — it doesn’t quite roll off the tongue yet, does it? — recently did a sit-down interview for “Larry King Now.” The full episode is available on Ora.tv and Hulu.com.
Here is the full interview, covering topics such as Kemp’s relationship with Don Mattingly and the chemistry in the Dodgers clubhouse: Continue reading