Corey Seager (7), Julio Urias (8), Joc Pederson (13) among top 100 prospects (MLB.com).

Three Dodgers prospects ranked among the top 13 in baseball on MLB.com’s annual rankings of the top 100 prospects in baseball.

Shortstop Corey Seager (7), pitcher Julio Urias (8), outfielder Joc Pederson (13) and pitcher Grant Holmes (95) all made the list. Pitcher Zach Lee, MLB.com’s number-63 prospect prior to the 2014 season, dropped off the list entirely.

If you’re seeing a pattern here, good. That means you’ve been paying attention.

ESPN.com had Seager, Urias and Pederson as the Dodgers’ top three prospects.

BaseballAmerica.com and BaseballProspectus.com have Seager, Urias and Pederson as the Dodgers’ top three prospects. Their top 100 overall prospects have yet to be revealed.

DodgersDigest.com counted down its rankings to number 21 today; the top 20 have yet to be revealed.

You can guess how the list ends.

Dodgers have the 10th-best farm system in baseball (ESPN.com)

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.

Dodgers’ Corey Seager ranked the number-four shortstop prospect in baseball (MLB.com)

Corey Seager

Dodgers shortstop prospect Corey Seager, 20, slashed .345/.381/.534 after getting called up to Double-A last season. (Staff photo)

MLB.com is ranking its top 10 prospects by position, and Corey Seager checked in at number four on today’s list of the top shortstops.

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.

Erik Bedard and Ben Rowen bring Dodgers’ list of non-roster invitees to 18.

Erik Bedard

Erik Bedard went 4-6 with a 4.76 earned-run average in 17 games (15 starts) for the Tampa Bay Rays last season.

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:

Pitchers (8): Chris Anderson, Erik Bedard, Ryan BuchterDavid HuffJosh Ravin, Ben RowenSergio Santos, Julio Urias

Position players (10): Erisbel ArruebarrenaBuck BrittonMatt Carson, O’Koyea Dickson, Kyle Jensen, Chris O’Brien, Corey SeagerAli SolisDarnell Sweeney,Shawn Zarraga

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Dodgers sign left-hander Jeremy Horst to minor-league contract.

Jeremy Horst

The Dodgers signed left-hander Jeremy Horst to a minor league contract. (Getty Images)

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.

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Two Dodgers minor-leaguers suspended for positive drug tests. Update.

Robert Carson

Dodgers minor-league pitcher Robert Carson was suspended 50 games Tuesday for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. (Getty Images)

Dodgers minor-league pitcher Robert Carson and outfielder Theo Alexander were suspended 50 games on Tuesday for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

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:

Pitchers (6): Chris Anderson, Ryan Buchter, David HuffJosh RavinSergio Santos, Julio Urias

Position players (10): Erisbel Arruebarrena, Buck BrittonMatt Carson, O’Koyea Dickson, Kyle Jensen, Chris O’Brien, Corey Seager, Ali SolisDarnell Sweeney,Shawn Zarraga

Dodgers prospect rankings, 100-76 (DodgersDigest.com).

DodgersDigest.com is ranking the top 100 prospects in the organization. Here’s their first installment, with prospects 100-76. The list:

100. Ibandel Isabel
99. Romer Cuadrado
98. Hector Rodriguez
97. Trevor Oaks
96. Samuel Ortiz
95. Max Gooding
94. Matt Jones
93. Harlan Richter
92. Carson Baranik
91. Matt Shelton
90. James Baldwin
89. Hendrik Clementina
88. Brock Stewart
87. Dennis Santana
86. Michael Ahmed
85. Kevin Guzman
84. Aaron Miller
83. Jon Garcia
82. J.D. Underwood
81. Theo Alexander
80. Carlos Aquino
79. Osiris Ramirez
78. Lenix Osuna
77. Moises Perez
76. Tyler Ogle

Don Mattingly on the changes to the Dodgers’ winter development camp.

Day 3 of the Dodgers’ 3-day winter development camp is today.

Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers’ new director of player development, discussed his goals for the program in some detail Monday. Kapler was outspoken about making a break from the past — not doing things the same way as a year ago “because they’re the way they’ve always been done,” as he put it.

Since Kapler wasn’t here a year ago, I asked Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on Wednesday to identify the biggest difference in this year’s program from years past.
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Source: Minor league baseball stadiums to add pitch clocks beginning in March.

Pitch clock

A 20-second pitch clock was used for the first time during Arizona Fall League games. (Associated Press photo)

Confirming earlier reports on MLBdailyrumors.com and FoxSports.com, many minor league baseball teams will implement pitch clocks beginning this season.

The plan is to implement a clock at the Triple-A and Double-A levels in 2015. Every club at those levels received a memo from Major League Baseball detailing how the clocks will work, according to a source who has seen the memo.
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