New brass focused on player development

New brass focused on player development

New brass focused on player development
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Incoming CEO and club president Stan Kasten, who oversaw the Atlanta Braves dynasty and was instrumental in the building of the Washington Nationals, has already talked about focusing on the Dodgers' scouting and player development once he takes over.

While the organization has some top pitching prospects, clearly the recent development of top position prospects has been lacking.

"I want to put more attention and resources to two things -- scouting and player development, and starting pitching," said Kasten. "With both, anything is possible. Without both, nothing is possible. Job 1 will be scouting and player development."

With the Minor League season getting under way, fans can keep track of the Dodgers' top prospects throughout the year on Prospect Watch. And get scores, stats, news, schedules, tickets and more for all of the Dodgers' Minor League teams on the Dodgers' affiliates page.

where to watch
A look at where the Dodgers' Top 20 prospects are starting the 2012 season:
No. Player Club Level
1 Zach Lee Rancho Cucamonga A+
2 Nathan Eovaldi Albuquerque AAA
3 Allen Webster Chattanooga AA
4 Joc Pederson Great Lakes A
5 Chris Reed Rancho Cucamonga A+
6 Angel Sanchez Rancho Cucamonga A+
7 Chris Withrow Chattanooga AA
8 Ethan Martin Chattanooga AA
9 Shawn Tolleson Chattanooga AA
10 James Baldwin Great Lakes A
11 Juan Rodriguez Rancho Cucamonga A+
12 Alex Castellanos Albuquerque AAA
13 Tim Federowicz Albuquerque AAA
14 Alex Santana Great Lakes A
15 Josh Wall Albuquerque AAA
16 Scott Van Slyke Albuquerque AAA
17 Gorman Erickson Chattanooga AA
18 Garrett Gould Rancho Cucamonga A+
19 Blake Smith Chattanooga AA
20 Alfredo Silverio Albuquerque AAA
Click here for the complete Top 20 list on Prospect Watch.

As Kasten becomes more familiar with the Dodgers' farm system, he will find talented pitching, as the front office has focused on that with top Draft picks for the last decade.

Following the path of Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley are the cream of the current crop -- Zach Lee, Nathan Eovaldi, Allen Webster, Chris Reed, Angel Sanchez, Chris Withrow, Ethan Martin and Shawn Tolleson.

Stacked squads
The Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts and the Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga Quakes are the affiliates that appear loaded with the most talent in the organization, at least pitching-wise.

Look for Eovaldi, Webster, Withrow, Martin and Tolleson to continue working with Chattanooga pitching coach Chuck Crim, who sent four pupils directly to the Major Leagues last year.

At Rancho Cucamonga, it's likely that Lee, Reed and Sanchez will anchor the rotation. Lee was signed in 2010 for a club-record $5.25 million to keep him from quarterbacking at LSU. Reed was last year's top pick out of Stanford, where he was a reliever and now is being transformed into a starter. Sanchez is a hard-throwing Dominican.

Class A Great Lakes might have the organization's best young position prospects in outfielders Joc Pederson and James Baldwin.

Teams on TV
The Albuquerque Isotopes and Great Lakes Loons are among a growing number of teams whose games are available on MiLB.TV. The 2012 MiLB.TV package will include more than 2,500 Minor League games streamed live, as well as games archived for on-demand streaming soon after completion.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.