Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dodger Prospects Shine In Futures Game

Here's ESPN.com's Keith Law, talking about Dodgers prospects Julio Urias and Corey Seager, both of whom played in the 2014 All-Star Futures Game (link insider only):

Julio Urias set a record as the youngest-ever participant in the Futures Game, at 17 years and 11 months old, but pitched well above his years. The Dodgers lefty was 92 to 95 with an above-average curveball and great rhythm to his delivery. He rotates his hips well, both to hide the ball and to generate arm speed the safer way by using his lower half. [...]

Minnesota's Kennys Vargas, who stood around first base but is awful over there, showed no ability to cover the outer half or to handle offspeed stuff inside, though he did hit a "double" off the right field wall on a fastball; the throw beat him to second, but the shortstop, Corey Seager, couldn't hold on to it.

Well, at least Julio Urias got a good mention. But to be fair, Seager did get some good looks in BP:

Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: The younger brother of Mariners All-Star third baseman Kyle, Seager has the potential to be even better than his sibling, as the left-handed-hitting shortstop has one of the best hit tools in the class and above-average raw power.

"This was my first live look at Seager today, and I came away impressed," the NL West scout said. "He's got great hands, and the bat speed is pretty impressive too. Anytime you see a guy capable of hitting line drives to all parts of the ballpark who has a chance to stick in the infield, you got a good player, and based on what I saw today, that's what you get from Seager."