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Ranking the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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Ranking the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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The famous bursting onto the scene of Yasiel Puig possibly served notice to the rest of the major leagues that the Los Angeles Dodgers are more than just a free agency team. Their minor league system wasn’t depleted with Puig left it. On the other hand they appear as strong as ever with plenty of talent looking to be ready for the big leagues within a year or two. It appears to be pitching heavy but that is okay considering their previous luck with young starting pitching.

Just imagine if they had another couple of Clayton Kershaw’s waiting in the wings for the next year or two. That would play well in the postseason against any team in baseball. There are more than just pitchers though including one of the top 50 outfield prospects in baseball as well as the brother of a top major leaguer sporting one of the top few spots in their prospects list.

This will be an overview of the current top ten ranking prospects in the Dodgers minor league system. I don’t know if it’s the strongest in the game but it is plenty strong enough to make some noise at the big league level within the next season or two. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have something to add to what I have or if you believe I left someone out. Here we go.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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10 – Ross Stripling

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Stripling has only been a professional since the 2012 MLB Draft but he has been sufficiently dominant in the time he has seen so far. He has a good array of pitches and has yet to see an ERA above 3.00.

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9 – Tom Windle

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Windle has the stuff and experience to be used as a reliever but the Dodgers like him as a starter. His plus fastball and other pitches slot him as a possible number 2 starter with the boys in blue within the next couple of years.

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8 – Onelki Garcia

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Garcia had a rough MLB debut but that doesn’t diminish his potential and what he has done at the minor league level. He still has plenty of potential and a little more growing to do to reach it. When he does, he’ll be a good one.

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7 – Chris Anderson

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Anderson wasted no time after being picked in the 2013 MLB Draft and posted a 3 – 0 record and 1.96 ERA in 12 starts. He is still quite a few years away but his potential is already seeming to be realized. We’ll see how well he holds up at the next minor league step up.

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6 – Chris Reed

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Reed’s fastball would be plus anyway without the sink that the mid-90’s heater brings. Couple that with a few other pitches and this young man looks to be bursting onto the MLB scene within the next season or the start of the next.

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5 – Matt Magill

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Magill fared okay in his small MLB debut in 2013 and looks to be one of the top young starters in either triple-A or even possibly earning himself a roster spot sometime during 2014.

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4 – Julio Urias

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Urias has a fastball that projects into the mid to upper 90s and a nice slew of other pitches to go along. He is still not even 20 years old and the Dodgers think will grow a little more into his pitching potential.

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3 – Zach Lee

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Lee has the potential to have up to four MLB average to plus pitches in his arsenal. Any time there are that many weapons to work with, the future looks bright. It does so for this young man.

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2 – Corey Seager

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Kyle Seager’s younger brother does nothing to diminish the family name. This shortstop or third base prospect has natural hitting ability to burn and the Dodgers think will be ready to play with the big boys within just a year or two.

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1 – Joc Pederson

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Pederson is a top 50 MLB outfield prospect with all of the tools needed to hit the next level with plenty of potential realized. He is already a good hitter and improving by the year. By the time he hits the big league level, probably during the 2015 season, he should have about as many tools as some other good young Dodgers outfielders.