Breaking down the Dodgers' 2016 Top 30 Prospects

Los Angeles ranks No. 1 among all farm systems

Breaking down the Dodgers' 2016 Top 30 Prospects

Based on shortstop Corey Seager and left-hander Julio Urias alone, the Dodgers might claim a spot in MLBPipeline.com's top 10 farm-system evaluations. But their talent extends well beyond baseball's top prospect and second-best pitching prospect, and that's why they rank No. 1.

Los Angeles had a number of players boost their stock significantly in 2015, headlined by right-hander Jose De Leon and first baseman Cody Bellinger. De Leon led the Minors with 12.8 strikeouts per nine innings in his first full year in full-season ball, while Bellinger exploded for 30 homers as a 19-year-old in Class A Advanced, after totaling four in his first two pro seasons. The club's top two picks in the 2014 Draft, righty Grant Holmes and outfielder Alex Verdugo, had fine years in Class A and look like burgeoning stars.

Dodgers' 2016 Top 30 Prospects list

The system has much more depth than a year ago, too. The Dodgers went on an international spending spree in 2015, committing more than $150 million in bonuses, guaranteed salaries and tax penalties to land right-hander Yadier Alvarez and outfielders Yusniel Diaz and Starling Heredia, among many others (including some who don't qualify as prospects). Their Draft didn't unfold exactly as planned, with one first-round righty (Walker Buehler) needing Tommy John surgery and another (Kyle Funkhouser) not signing, but Los Angeles remains bullish on Buehler and has high hopes for potential future double-play combination Willie Calhoun and Brendon Davis.

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Biggest jump/fall
Here are the players whose ranks changed the most from the 2015 preseason list to the 2016 preseason list.

Jump: Jharel Cotton, RHP (2015: 27 | 2016: 9)
Fall: Julian Leon, C (2015: 13 | 2016: NR)

Top 30 Prospects lists
Division Teams/Release date
NL East ATL, MIA, NYM, PHI, WAS
AL East BAL, BOS, NYY, TB, TOR
NL Central CHC, CINMIL, PIT, STL
AL Central CLE, CWS, DET, KC, MIN
NL West ARI, COL, LAD, SD, SF
AL West HOU, LAA, OAK, SEA, TEX

Best tools
Players are graded on a 20-80 scouting scale for future tools -- 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average.

Hit: Seager (70)
Power: Seager (60)
Run: Micah Johnson (75)
Arm: Alex Verdugo (65)
Defense: Ronny Brito (60)
Fast ball: Jacob Rhame (70)
Curve ball: Urias (60)
Slider: Frankie Montas (55)
Changeup: Urias (60)
Control: Zach Lee (55)

How they were built
Draft: 17
International: 8
Trade: 5

Breakdown by ETA
2016: 11
2017: 2
2018: 8
2019: 6
2020: 3

Breakdown by position
C: 2
1B: 1
2B: 3
3B: 0
SS: 3
OF: 6
RHP: 14
LHP: 1

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.