The Los Angeles Dodgers are quickly building up the big league payroll but in order to keep a franchise strong and fill out a 25 man roster, a team needs quality production from home grown talent. That is something the Dodgers certainly have. To be eligible for this prospect list, a player must be rookie eligible but one player you will not see is Alexander Guerrero. Guerrero is a 27 year old Cuban who I find hard to consider a prospect despite his rookie status. He will likely be the opening day starter at second base for the Dodgers but has spent several years as a professional in Cuba. Two other players that did not make the list but worth mentioning are Chris Withrow and James Baldwin. Withrow pitched well in 26 big league games in 2013, but his upside just isn’t there to crack the top 15. Baldwin can flat out fly but he just doesn’t hit enough to make the list. In fact, he is hitting in the low .200’s in the Australian Baseball League this winter.
Triple A: Alburquerque Isotopes (Pacific Coast League)
Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern League)
High-A: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (California League)
Low-A: Great Lakes Loons (Midwest League)
Advanced Rookie: Ogden Raptors (Pioneer League)
Complex-Rookie: AZL Dodgers (Arizona League), DSL Dodgers (Dominican Summer League)
Alex Santana – 3B
Date of Birth: August 21, 1993
Height/Weight: 6’4″/200 lbs.
Acquired: 2011, 2nd round
Analysis: Santana was originally drafted as a shortstop but was moved to third base due to his size. He is athletic, has decent enough speed and plays solid defense. He makes it into the top 15 because of his projectile upside. He has struggled with the bat at times but he could turn into a .275 hitter with 15-20 home run power. He will never be an All-Star but he could become a solid everyday third baseman, it will just take time.
2014 Prognosis: Santana will finally get out of Rookie League ball in 2014. Look for him to kick off with Great Lakes and if his bat plays, he cold find himself in High-A by July.