Not long after MLB Pipeline released its annual player rankings for each team last week, the overall league rankings were issued a few days later with the Dodgers netting the third place spot.
In case you missed Friday’s column, we outlined a few of the ranking fluctuations on the Los Angeles farm, specifically how catcher Diego Cartaya, outfielder Luis Rodriguez and newcomer Brusdar Graterol have all entered the club’s Top 10 prospect rankings.
As far as the league rankings go, there are just two teams ahead of the Dodgers—the Rays and the Padres.
Interestingly, the National League West has a whopping four teams that are ranked among the 10 best in baseball with the Diamondbacks and Giants—sitting in the sixth and tenth spots, respectively—joining the Padres and Dodgers.
What’s more, there are just eight teams who have five or more players ranked among the Top 100 with the Rays leading the pack at six players. The Dodgers, Padres, Giants and the Diamondbacks all have five.
Based on a scale system, the National League West is rated the best division in the MLB as far as prospect talent goes.
With regards to the Dodgers and the players inside MLB’s Top 100, here’s how the list looks:
- No. 2—Gavin Lux, SS/2B
- No. 23—Dustin May, RHP
- No. 67—Josiah Gray, RHP
- No. 73—Keibert Ruiz, C
- No. 83—Brusdar Graterol, RHP
Gavin Lux and Graterol’s time as prospects could be short-lived, as both could conceivably soon have enough big league time logged to push them out of prospect status. Currently, the 21-year-old Graterol has just 9-1/3 innings pitched over 10 MLB games to his credit, but there might be a chance he makes the Los Angeles Opening Day roster right out of the gate, especially when considering the health of newcomer Jimmy Nelson and the recent implosion of southpaw reliever Adam Kolarek.
Some pundits feel that Lux is the preseason favorite to win NL Rookie of the Year honors.
May, who is fighting his way back from a nagging side injury this spring, has 34-2/3 innings over 14 appearances in terms of big league service time.
MLB Pipeline began ranking prospect talent before the beginning of the 2015 season.