It’s March 19; do you know where your kids are?
Seager is part of the Big Three, those top L.A. farmhands other teams appear to covet and they have been particularly averse to include in trade conversations. Joc Pederson appears on track to be the first to burst through to the majors, but Julio Urias and Seager are coming, if not this season, soon.
The Big Three have been hyped enough that the casual Dodgers fan is familiar with their promise, but what this spring provided was a window to that next tier of players, the position players behind them, who may not be far behind.
Second baseman Darnell Sweeney, outfielder Scott Schebler, first baseman O’Koyea Dickson, outfielder Kyle Jensen and third baseman Buck Britton all had strong springs.
Manager Don Mattingly was so impressed that Thursday he told reporters in Phoenix: “I think everybody we sent down [Wednesday] plays in the big leagues.”
In addition to Seager, sent down were Schebler, Sweeney, Britton and catchers Shawn Zaraga and Chris O’Brien.
Schebler, Dickson, Sweeney and Jensen each hit two home runs this spring, tying for the current team lead. Schebler, Jensen and Sweeney are also tied with the team lead with six RBI.
That offers a lot of promise, and it’s not even counting the pitchers; several young relievers also have been impressive. This rush of potential talent is why most publications that rate farm systems now have the Dodgers in their top 10, after years of almost anchoring the rankings. Baseball Prospectus has them at No. 3 for 2015.
It is what team CEO Stan Kasten said was the new ownership’s plan when it took over in 2012 – make the team immediately competitive and build the prospect pipeline – and it’s happened, so kudos for that.
Which is not to say all these kids, or even half of them, will one day have an impact on the major league roster. But several figure to, and that’s serious improvement.