Los Angeles Dodgers minor-league affiliates combined to go 364-400 this season. Prospects were scattered throughout the organization, from 2013 draft picks to players who have been around for years.
Only a few Albuquerque Isotopes really qualified as prospects this season as it was more of a veteran group serving as emergency reserves for the Dodgers’ big-league squad.
Breaking things down, the Dodgers do not have a true blue-chip prospect for every position. Then again, most teams do not. The Dodgers are strongest in pitching in the minors and weakest in the infield and behind the plate.
With Yasiel Puig and others graduating to the big leagues, the top prospects now in the organization are shortstop Corey Seager, outfielder Joc Pederson, right-hander Zach Lee and left-hander Julio Urias.
While the ultimate goal of those players is to reach Los Angeles someday, many will pass through Albuquerque first. In selecting the best two prospects by position throughout the organization, their Albuquerque ETA will be included.
Of course, many will not ever reach even the Isotopes, much less the Dodgers. Some will fizzle out at a lower level, either due to injury or struggles on the field. Some will be traded away to fuel the big-league roster as the Dodgers seek to remain perennial contenders. And some, mainly pitchers, will skip Albuquerque entirely en route to Los Angeles.
With the humidor in place, however, the Dodgers have stated that they plan to bring their pitching prospects to the Isotopes. A big test will come in 2014 as arms such as Lee and fellow former first-rounder Chris Reed are seemingly ready to move up from Double-A.
Now a few rules for creating this team. First off, a player will have to have spent the majority of his season at a position to qualify there. Tyler Ogle, for instance, opened the year as the catcher at Great Lakes but later moved to first base for the bulk of the year, so he is only eligible at first. Darnell Sweeney finished his season at second base, but had three times as many games as a shortstop.
The second rule is that no players who appeared for the Isotopes in 2013 or before are eligible, unless it was the briefest of cameos (think Ogle playing one game here in 2012). They will be mentioned as warranted, but the purpose of this team is to highlight future players for Albuquerque.
Without further adieu, the Dodgers 2013 All-Prospect Team. Click on the gallery above to see who got the nod.