The Dodgers have six of the top 101 prospects in baseball, according to Baseball Prospectus, including the top-ranked player on the list, shortstop Corey Seager.
Ranking baseball prospects is a sport unto itself with many participants. You can read BP’s take on each of those guys here.
This is Part 44 of a series in which every member of the 2015 Dodgers has his season juxtaposed with an episode of the greatest sitcom of all-time. Don’t take it too seriously.
Jimmy Rollins and Corey Seager, SS
Key stats: Rollins .224, 13 HR, 41 RBI, 12 SB in 144 G; Seager: .337, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 2 SB in 27 G.
Seinfeld episode: “The Barber” (Season 5, Episode 8)
Key quote: “It’s my day off, but I take care of you anyway because you’re my favorite customer. You’ve been with me for so long. You’re so loyal.”
Chase Utley isn’t in the Dodgers’ starting lineup for Game 3 of the National League Division Series, but his longtime double-play partner is.
Jimmy Rollins is getting his first start of the postseason against the Mets’ Matt Harvey on Monday. Corey Seager, who went 1-for-8 with four strikeouts in the first two games of the series, is relegated to the bench.
Otherwise, the Dodgers’ lineup looks like it did in Game 2 for starter Brett Anderson. That means Utley, who is appealing his two-game suspension for a takeout slide in Game 2, will come off the bench if he appears in the game at all.
Rollins has more doubles (two), home runs (two) and RBIs (four) against Harvey than any current Dodger. He’s 5-for-19 with a pair of walks and only two strikeouts against the hard-throwing right-hander.
Seager has never faced Harvey in his month-old major league career.
The complete lineups for both teams:
Seager, 21, batted third in only two of his 25 starts this season while compiling a .337/.425/.561 slash line for the Dodgers following his Sept. 3 call-up.
Seager also batted twice on three occasions, and cleanup once.
Hernandez had been the Dodgers’ preferred center fielder by the end of August, though both he and Pederson were alternating in center — against both lefties and righties — after Hernandez returned from a hamstring injury in September.
The Dodgers’ full lineup against Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom: