Dodgers News: Todd Boehly Pleased With Development Of Farm System
Dodgers News: Vin Scully Looking Forward To Seeing Development Of Pederson, Seager
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Among the various frustrations that arose during Frank McCourt’s era as owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers was the emptying of the farm system.

Upon purchasing the Dodgers from McCourt, the Guggenheim group hired Stan Kasten and president and CEO of the Dodgers.

Kasten arrived with an impressive résumé that included an impressive run with the Atlanta Braves. One of Kasten’s strengths is developing an organization sustained by its prospects, which is also true of Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.

Since Kasten’s arrival, the Dodgers showed more resistance in trading blue-chip prospects for short-term gain. Friedman’s hire last December furthered that cause.

Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly said he’s pleased with the progress that’s been made in the farm system, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:

“The farm system is looking great, compared to what it was three years ago,” Boehly said. “I feel really good about that. I know that has been Stan’s mantra since he showed up. We’re starting to see that come to develop.”

Most notably and recently, outfielder Joc Pederson was among the prospects to play a large role for the Dodgers last season. Corey Seager did the same after getting promoted in September, and is prime to take over at shortstop in 2016.

The Dodgers also received contributions from Austin Barnes, Kiké Hernandez, Scott Schebler and others, who spent time in the Minors and up with the Major League club last season.

Moreover, Friedman and the Dodgers front office have been relentless in adding to the fringes of the organization’s depth. Part of that included creative means to essentially purchase and stockpile picks for last year’s draft.

Outside of Pederson and Seager, prospects Cody Bellinger, Jose De Leon and Julio Urias are reason for continued optimism. Plus, for Boehly and the Dodgers ownership group, relying on prospects coincides with reducing payroll; something Boehly believes is key moving forward.