Breaking down the Dodgers' 2016 Top 30 Prospects

Los Angeles ranks No. 1 among all farm systems

March 4th, 2016

Based on shortstop Corey Seager and left-hander Julio Urias alone, the Dodgers might claim a spot in's top 10 farm-system evaluations. But their talent extends well beyond baseball's top prospect and second-best pitching prospect, and that's why they rank No. 1.

Los Angeles had a number of players boost their stock significantly in 2015, headlined by right-hander Jose De Leon and first baseman Cody Bellinger. De Leon led the Minors with 12.8 strikeouts per nine innings in his first full year in full-season ball, while Bellinger exploded for 30 homers as a 19-year-old in Class A Advanced, after totaling four in his first two pro seasons. The club's top two picks in the 2014 Draft, righty Grant Holmes and outfielder Alex Verdugo, had fine years in Class A and look like burgeoning stars.

Dodgers' 2016 Top 30 Prospects list

The system has much more depth than a year ago, too. The Dodgers went on an international spending spree in 2015, committing more than $150 million in bonuses, guaranteed salaries and tax penalties to land right-hander Yadier Alvarez and outfielders Yusniel Diaz and Starling Heredia, among many others (including some who don't qualify as prospects). Their Draft didn't unfold exactly as planned, with one first-round righty (Walker Buehler) needing Tommy John surgery and another (Kyle Funkhouser) not signing, but Los Angeles remains bullish on Buehler and has high hopes for potential future double-play combination Willie Calhoun and Brendon Davis.

MLB's Top 10 farm systems

Biggest jump/fall

Here are the players whose ranks changed the most from the 2015 preseason list to the 2016 preseason list.

Jump: Jharel Cotton, RHP (2015: 27 | 2016: 9)

Fall: Julian Leon, C (2015: 13 | 2016: NR)

Team Top 30 Prospects lists

Best tools

Players are graded on a 20-80 scouting scale for future tools -- 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average.

Hit: Seager (70)

Power: Seager (60)

Run: Micah Johnson (75)

Arm: Alex Verdugo (65)

Defense: Ronny Brito (60)

Fast ball: Jacob Rhame (70)

Curve ball: Urias (60)

Slider: Frankie Montas (55)

Changeup: Urias (60)

Control: Zach Lee (55)

Top 10 Farm Systems

How they were built

Draft: 17

International: 8

Trade: 5

Breakdown by ETA

2016: 11

2017: 2

2018: 8

2019: 6

2020: 3

Breakdown by position

C: 2

1B: 1

2B: 3

3B: 0

SS: 3

OF: 6

RHP: 14

LHP: 1