Most of the offseason talk was about Joc and whether he’d be the starting center fielder on Opening Day. Joc Pederson was called up to the Dodgers towards to end of the 2014 season because of a monster year in Triple-A Albuquerque with the Isotopes. Joc is beginning his 5th season with the Dodgers organization, but this year he will be starting at the major league
level. At the age of 22, the young outfielder still has so much to prove, not in the minors, but at the big show. In the 121 games he played in Albuquerque in 2014, he finished with a .303 BA, 78 RBI’s, and 33 HR’s. The question is not whether he will be on the roster, the question is whether or not he will be the starting center fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day. Joc may have struggled when he first arrived in Los Angeles, but I think Donnie will give him a shot at the starting spot on Opening Day. The outfield carousel has been crazy this offseason. With Kemp gone, that is another opening in the outfield. Pederson ranks 8th on Baseball America’s top 100 baseball prospects.
At the age of 16 years old, the Dodgers singed lefty pitcher Julio Urias. He is now 18 years old and just about ready to showcase his talents at the major league level with the Dodgers. This kid has an unbelievable talent. Joc has taken up quite a bit of the hype over Urias and Seager, but Urias is one of the best young pitchers in the game right now. Urias threw his first bullpen session Saturday afternoon at Camelback Ranch with Friedman and many others on hand to watch. Whether this kid is ready to pitch at the highest level will show this Spring. As of right now, the Dodgers pitching rotation is basically set, but the September call ups will definitely involve Julio Urias. Urias ranks 10th on Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list.
Turning 21 in April, Corey Seager has flashed his talents with the glove and the bat in the minor leagues to prove to the Dodgers organization that he deserves a spot on the roster come Opening Day. Seager stands 6 feet 4 inches and plays shortstop. Corey is younger brother of Mariners third basemen Kyle Seager. Kyle just signed a 7 year, $100 million contract extension with the Mariners this offseason. That obviously
proves he’s major league worthy. I’m hoping brother Corey can do the same with the Dodgers. So the question is, what position will Corey play. With Uribe most likely playing one more year with the Dodgers, Corey could possibly step in and take Uribe’s spot at third base. Rollins may only be a one year deal so Seager can also play SS if needed if Rollins is no longer with the team. Corey played 118 games total in Rancho and Chattanooga and hit .349 with 97 RBI’s and 20 HR’s. Not bad, I’d say. Seager was the Dodgers 2012 first round pick. He ranks 5th on Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list.