Sandy Koufax watches Julio Urias in the bullpen today (photo).

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Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias posted this photo to his Instagram account Thursday, along with the caption:

“Que personaje de los mejores zurdos en el negocio Mr. Sandy koufax.. bendecido por mi dios #teamwey”. Roughly translated: “The VIP from the best left-hander in the business Mr. Sandy Koufax … blessed by my God #teamway”

And Julio Urias’ 2015 innings limit will be …


PHOENIX, Ariz. — Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said that the front office will meet this spring to discuss Julio Urias’ 2015 workload.

The 18-year-old pitcher threw 87 ⅔ innings at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga last year.

“It’s just going to be using his total innings last year as a foundation and then building off that — not just regular season but even camp,” Zaidi said. “In general, you don’t want a guy’s innings to jump by more than 20 to 50 innings.”

So, somewhere between 107 ⅔ and 137 ⅔ innings then, right?
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Corey Seager, Julio Urias, Joc Pederson among top 10 prospects (BaseballAmerica.com).

The results have been tabulated: Corey Seager, Julio Urias and Joc Pederson are good at baseball.

Seager (5), Pederson (8) and Urias (10) are among the top 10 prospects in the game according to BaseballAmerica.com. Pitcher Grant Holmes, the Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2014, is 74th on BA’s list of the top 100 prospects in the game.

We’ve seen a few of these lists in recent weeks. Now it’s time to devise the master ranking. What is the consensus among the experts?

The answer, in chart form:
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Julio Urias, Corey Seager, Joc Pederson among top 11 prospects (FanGraphs.com).

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Julio Urias, 18, is fourth on FanGraphs’ list of the top 200 prospects in baseball. (Associated Press photo)

Julio Urias, Corey Seager and Joc Pederson continue to lay waste to the 2015 prospect rankings.

In the latest glorified opinion, Urias is fourth, Seager is sixth, and Pederson 11th on FanGraphs’ Top 200 prospect list. Right-handed pitcher Grant Holmes, the Dodgers’ first-round pick out of high school last year, is 89th. Andrew Heaney, whom the Dodgers traded to the Angels to acquire Howie Kendrick, is 50th.

Pitcher Chris Anderson and outfielder Alex Verdugo also made the list but were not ranked (players 143-200 were not assigned a specific numerical ranking).

For Urias, Seager and Pederson, it’s time to play baseball. The Sporting News, Baseball Prospectus and MLB.com all ranked the three prospects similarly high on their lists. (BaseballAmerica.com, we’re waiting.) All of this makes their arrival in major-league camp one of the top storylines of spring training — which I wrote about over the weekend.

Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Julio Urias among top 13 prospects (Sporting News).

The Sporting News ranked three Dodgers among its top 50 fantasy prospects for 2015: Corey Seager (5), Joc Pederson (7) and Julio Urias (13).

Free agent infielder Yoan Moncada is 23rd.

Seager, Pederson and Urias have all appeared on similar lists compiled by BaseballProspectus.com and MLB.com, among others.

Corey Seager, Julio Urias, Joc Pederson among top 18 prospects (BaseballProspectus.com)

Continuing a well-documented trend in 2015 Prospect Ranking Season, BaseballProspectus.com ranked Corey Seager (7), Julio Urias (10) and Joc Pederson (18) among its top 100 prospects.

The only other Dodger on BP’s list is pitcher Grant Holmes, who debuts at number 79.

Corey Seager tops list of top 10 Dodgers prospects (DodgersDigest.com).

We’ve read enough prospect-ranking lists lately to declare late January/early February its own “season.”

Prospect ranking season.

This might be the end of prospect ranking season. At the very least, we’re close.

DodgersDigest.com released its list of the organization’s top 10 prospects. Click on over for the details; here’s the list of 10:

10. Darnell Sweeney
9. Scott Schebler
8. Zach Lee
7. Alex Verdugo
6. Jose De Leon
5. Chris Anderson
4. Grant Holmes
3. Joc Pederson
2. Julio Urias
1. Corey Seager

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.

Corey Seager is the number-five prospect in baseball (ESPN.com).

Dodgers shortstop prospect Corey Seager checked in at number five this morning on ESPN.com’s annual list of the top 100 prospects in baseball.

Writes Keith Law:

Unless he experiences a miraculous change in body type, this Dodgers prospect isn’t going to be a shortstop in the majors. Cal Ripken Jr. has been the only one Seager’s height to stay at the position, and Seager, who turns 21 in April, already has about 20 pounds on Ripken. Seager still has MVP-type upside at third base, where I expect him to be an above-average or better defender, just as his brother Kyle has become, but with a much stronger hit tool.

Seager’s swing isn’t textbook, but it’s very quiet, especially in light of the thunder it produces, producing strong contact rates as well as plus power. He loads his hands a little low and deep, but he gets to everything — velocity, spin, inside and outside pitches — and has the ability to drive the ball the other way with what seems like a flick of his wrists. He has been young at every level he has played in pro ball, even skipping the complex league in 2012 to go right to Ogden, and has been able to make significant adjustments, including killing the tendency to let his front side go soft that led to a brief struggle at the end of 2013. Kyle Seager has turned into one of the top 20 players in the majors, but even as good as he is, brother Corey has the potential to be much better.

The Dodgers also placed pitcher Julio Urias (9) and outfielder Joc Pederson (28) in Law’s top 50. ESPN.com will release numbers 51-100 tomorrow.