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    Quote Originally Posted by Obejuan View Post
    Hey ASU any word on Cole St. Clair?
    Didn't make the top 30 unfortuantly, but he does get mentioned as a sleeper prospect. Here's what BA says about him


    Sleeper

    Cole St. Clair, LHP. He looked like a lock first-round pick before he got hurt at Rice, enabling the Dodgers to grab him in the seventh round last June.

    Closest To The Majors

    LHP Cole St. Clair has't regained the plus stuff he had before hurting his shoulder in 2007, but his still-solid arsenal and competitiveness could get him to the big league bullpen in a hurry.
    I'll keep an eye on his numbers for you during the year. My guess is that he starts the year in the Midwest League for Great Lakes.

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    #16 Xavier Paul
    OF
    B-L
    T-R
    6-0 200

    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    The youngest player in the Dodgers' big league camp last spring, Paul hit .347 in Triple-A after the all-star break and ended up having his best season since his 2003 pro debut. He was a high school infielder and pitcher but was moved to the outfield as a pro and to center field in 2007. Built like Jay Payton, Paul has improved his defense in center, although he still rates mediocre overall with a plus arm.

    Because he won't hit enough to play a corner, unless Paul's defense improves, he projects as a fourth outfielder and role player. Paul has some strength and can drive the ball from gap to gap, resulting in a solid-average hit tool. Although Paul shows above-average speed in the field, he needs to improve his basestealing, running more often and with better success rate.

    He was gaining needed experience facing plenty of breaking stuff in the Mexican Pacific League, where he ranked among league leaders in batting and runs scored. While Paul is on the 40-man roster, he's ticketed to return to the Pacific Coast League thanks to Los Angeles' glut of outfielders.

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    Here is our latest catcher conversion project. Delmonico has a live bat (he went .340/.443/.716 in rookie ball) so hopefully the conversion goes well.

    #19 Tony Delmonico
    C/2B
    B-R
    T-R
    6-0 195

    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    The 2008 was the first time teams had a chance to select Delmonico, who enrolled at Tennessee as a freshman a semester early, graduating high school in December. That gave him a chance to play for his father Rod, who was the head coach of the Volunteers for 18 years, but he was fired after Tony’s sophomore season. Father and son both headed to Florida State, Rod as a volunteer assistant coach and Tony as a shortstop - even though Tony had lost the shortstop job at Tennessee.

    Scouts long have sought to try Delmonico, an intelligent and scrappy player, at catcher for years. After signing him for $150,000 as a sixth-round pick, the Dodgers gave him a chance to stay in the infield at Ogden, but after 10 errors in 30 games at second base, Delmonico began the conversion to catching in instructional league and impressed the Dodgers with how well he handled it. He has the arm for the position and showed good hands, an ability to call a game, and leadership skills in his first weeks behind the plate. But he has to work on his footwork, pitch-blocking skills, setup and exchange on throwing out runners.

    His offensive approach is sound - aggressive but with strike zone judgment - as he uses the gaps and shows raw pull power. Delmonico’s future and timetable all hinge on his ability to grasp his new position. He’ll have to make defensive progress to earn a spot in low Class A this season.

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    #20 Justin Miller
    RHP
    B-R
    T-R
    6-3 190

    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    Also a right fielder in college, Miller caught the Dodgers’ eyes just before the draft when he hit 93 MPH in relief, and did it again with seven shutout innings in a start against the Yankees in the Gulf Coast League playoffs. He became Great Lakes’ Opening Day starter last year. Miller came within two outs of a no-hitter in August, a game the Loons eventually lost 3-2 - typical of Miller’s season.

    Despite an awful record, he ranked fifth in the organization in ERA at 3.99. Miller’s two-way background has left him somewhat raw and inexperienced as a pitcher - he threw just 18 innings in juco ball - yet he makes up for it by being a good athlete with a tough makeup. He features a heavy 88-92 MPH sinker and throws a groundball - inducing slider, and got 2.77 groundouts for every airout in 2008. He can be inconsistent with his arm slot as he continues to learn proper mechanics, and that inconsistency led to an ugly 74-82 walk - strikeout ratio. Miller’s chageup has come a long way but is still a work in process, although he has shown a feel for it at times.

    If it all comes together, he could be a middle - of - the - rotation starter, but because of his lack of experience on the mound he may not develop quickly.

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    This guy was Jacksonville's closer in Double-A last year. His upside might be limited but he could progress quickly.

    #21 Brent Leach
    LHP
    B-L
    T-L
    6-5 213

    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    Leach, who had Tommy John surgery in college before transferring from Southern Mississippi to NCAA Division II Delta State, also has to deal with hyperhidrosis, a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and unpredictably. He gets treatment with mild electrical shocks to his hands. He’s overcome both maladies to earn a spot on the 40-man roster. Limited in 2007 by a torn lat (side) muscle, Leach - who led the Pioneer League with a 2.43 ERA in 2005 - began last year by repeating high Class A, but he earned a promotion just a month into the season and took over as a closer in Jacksonville.

    Leach throws a 90-92 MPH fastball with an average curve and a changeup that improved last year to where it can be considered a plus pitch. He also has an excellent pickoff move. His weakness is his command, which is the result of an inconsistent delivery, and it continued to be an issue in the Arizona Fall League. If Leach can improve his control, he has the stuff to reach the majors as soon as 2009.

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    #22 Jamie Hoffman
    OF
    B-R
    T-R
    6-3 221

    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    An eight-round pick of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes in 2003 with a linebacker’s body, Hoffman nearly went to Colorado College to play hockey before signing with the Dodgers. He homered in his only at-bat in big league camp in the spring but started last year 2-for-22 with Jacksonville. He rallied and earned a spot in the Southern League all-star game.

    Hoffman can play all three outfield positions-center field capably-with a throwing arm and speed that grade out as average or a tick above, and he gets good jumps and runs good routes. He remains one of the Dodgers’ best defensive outfielders. Mostly a gap hitter, he has some power but has an open stance and sometimes loses his timing in his swing. When he’s out of rhythm, his swing gets long.

    An overachiever who does a lot of things well but not great, Hoffman went to the Arizona Fall League after the season and hit safely in 10 of the 11 games he played. If he learns to hit lefthanders with more authority-he has just 21 extra-base hits and three homers off lefthanders the last four full seasons-he could hit enough to be a regular. The Dodgers love his desire, drive, and grinder mentality, likely earning him a trip to Triple-A for 2009.

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    I've been trying to find out where our prospects will be assigned this upcoming year. I haven't been too successful but I did find this article on the Great Lakes website.

    Great Lakes Loons: News: Article

    Sounds like our Low Class - A team will be one of the most talented ones in our system. One surprise is Gallagher being assigned there after playing in a higher level last season. Ditto Jamie Pedroza,

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    #23 Daigoro Rondon
    RHP
    B-R
    T-R
    6-2 163

    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    After Rondon spent three years in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League and then excelled in 2007 in the Gulf Coast League, the Dodgers pushed him to full-season league for the first time. Rondon opened in the Midwest League, but after getting knocked around and moved to the bullpen, he was sent down to Rookie-level Ogden for the final month to pitch in relief. There he held hitters to a .207 average, adding 4.5 scoreless innings in the playoffs.

    Rondon has an electric arm, throwing 92-96 MPH with good movement on his fastball and complementing it with a sound, power slider. He continued to improve in instructional league. Rondon stays around the plate but can be immature on the mound at times, getting stubborn about pitching up in the strike zone, making him easy to read at times for hitters. His progress will be a matter of getting innings in and maturing. He’ll give low Class A another shot in 2009.

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    #24 Victor Garate
    LHP
    B-L
    T-L
    6-2 185

    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    After seven years with the Astros organization and just 26 appearances in full-season leagues, Garate finally experienced success in pro ball after switching organizations. The Dodgers acquired him in the Triple-A portion of the 2007 rule 5 draft for $12,000. By mid-May he moved into the low Class A rotation, striking out 12 in one July start. He was promoted to the high Class A California League on July 22 and by the end of the season led Dodgers farmhands in ERA (2.79) and strikeouts (150). No full-season pitcher who threw more than 100 innings in 2008 exceeded Garate’s average of 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

    Aggressive and competitive, he throws 89-92 MPH, harder than he did with Houston., with good finish from a low-three-quarters delivery. His lack of athleticism leads in part to below-average command. The fastball moves in on lefthanders and his sweeping slider, while flat at times, can be effective against lefthanders. He also throws a changeup. The gutsy Garate, who spent the winter as a reliever in Venezuela, projects as a poor man’s Brian Fuentes. He should move up to Double-A in 2009.

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    #19 Tony Delmonico

    Here's an update on Delmonico's conversion to catching:

    PHOENIX Tony Delmonico, the Dodgers' fourth-round selection in last June's draft out of Florida State, is being converted from middle infielder to catcher, a process that began last fall at instructional league.

    "We thought he had the right body type for catching," Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White said. "We also felt like he had good hands and could hit, so we figured we would put him behind the plate."

    After an outstanding debut at Rookie-level Ogden, where he hit .340/.443/.716 with 20 doubles, 11 home runs and 39 RBIs, Delmonico took to his new position fairly well in spring training, although he remains a work in progress.

    "He just needed to get a little more flexibile through his hips, and his hammies were a little tight," White said. "But he worked hard in the offseason doing yoga, and he did a lot of work with our conditioning people, so I think he'll be fine."

    Delmonico, 22, spent his first professional spring training not only honing his catching skills, but also closely following the World Baseball Classic, where the Netherlands became the feel-good story of the tournament. That team was managed by Delmonico's father, former Tennessee coach Rod Delmonico, and upset the heavily favored Dominican Republic twice in pool play to advance to the second round before being eliminated.

    "It's a little bit of an 'Angels in the Outfield' thing they have going on," Tony Delmonico said. "Proud pretty much sums it all up. Words can't describe (it)."

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