Breaking down the Dodgers' Top 30 Prospects

Los Angeles farm remains among baseball's best despite significant graduations

March 2nd, 2017

The Dodgers farm system topped's rankings a year ago. It paid immediate dividends with National League Rookie of the Year , the precocious , surprise contributor and the trade fodder to land midseason reinforcements Rich Hill and .

Gunning for its fifth straight NL West title, Los Angeles has a crowded roster and more young talent coming from a system that currently ranks as the sixth-best in baseball. First baseman/outfielder , right-hander and catcher would be pushing for starting roles on a lot of clubs, but they'll have to wait their turn. Outfielder , second baseman and righty Walker Buehler -- all Top 100 Prospects -- are only a year away.

• Dodgers' Top 30 Prospects list

The Dodgers went all in during the 2015-16 international signing period, spending more than $150 million on bonuses, guaranteed salaries and overage tax. Right-hander Yadier Alvarez may make his $16 million bonus (and another $16 million in penalty tax) look like a bargain. Several other members of that crop should have bright futures, including outfielders Yusniel Diaz and Starling Heredia and infielders Omar Estevez, Ronny Brito and Oneil Cruz.

:: Top 10 Farm Systems ::

Biggest jump/fall

Here are the players whose ranks changed the most from the 2016 preseason list to the 2017 preseason list.

Jump: Brock Stewart, RHP (2016: NR | 2017: 8)

Fall: Chris Anderson, RHP (2016: 17 | 2017: 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: Alex Verdugo (60)

Power: Cody Bellinger (65)

Run: Drew Jackson (65)

Arm: Drew Jackson (70)

Defense: Cody Bellinger (70)

Fastball: Yadier Alvarez (75)

Curveball: Walker Buehler (55)

Slider: Yadier Alvarez (60)

Changeup: Jordan Sheffield (60)

Control: (60)

How they were built

Draft: 17

International: 10

Trade: 2

Free agent: 1

Breakdown by ETA

2017: 6

2018: 6

2019: 10

2020: 8

Breakdown by position

C: 3

1B: 1

2B: 2

3B: 2

SS: 4

OF: 7

RHP: 11

LHP: 0

Here's a look at the Dodgers' preseason Top 10 prospects from each of the past seven years (click here to see a larger image):