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    Default 2009 Dodgers Prospect Thread

    Well the last thread got purged so we'll start it again.


    #1 Andrew Lambo

    Last Year's Ranking: #14

    Status: Double A - Chattanooga

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
    CHA	SOU	.321	21	84	15	27	8	1	3	10	46	8	12	2	0	.383	.548	.931

    #2 James McDonald

    Last Year's Ranking: #7

    Status: MLB - Los Angeles Dodgers

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
     	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	SVO	IP	H	R	ER	HR	HB	BB	SO	AVG	WHIP	GO/AO	sequence ▲
    SEASON	1	1	8.16	5	4	0	0	0	0	14.1	13	13	13	2	2	14	6	.241	1.88	0.95

    #3 Ethan Martin

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked (Drafted in 2008)

    Status: Low Class A - Great Lakes

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    GL	MID	3	0	1.35	4	4	0	0	0	20.0	12	3	3	0	7	26	1.06	.169

    #4 Josh Lindblom

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked (Drafted in 2008)

    Status: Double A - Chattanooga

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    CHA	SOU	2	2	6.00	4	4	0	0	0	18.0	18	13	12	1	2	18	0.75	.257

    #5 Scott Elbert

    Last Year's Ranking: #4

    Status: Double A - Chattanooga - Update: Called up to Los Angeles - Sent back down to Chattanooga

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    CHA	SOU	0	0	3.38	2	2	0	0	0	8.0	7	4	3	1	4	9	1.17	.226

    #6 Ivan DeJesus Jr.

    Last Year's Ranking: #13

    Status: Injured - Broken Leg


    #7 Devaris Gordon

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked (Drafted in 2008)

    Status: Low Class A - Great Lakes

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
    GL	MID	.304	19	79	15	24	1	3	0	5	31	4	18	7	2	.341	.392	.734

    #8 Josh Bell

    Last Year's Ranking: #11

    Status: Double A - Chattanooga

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
    CHA	SOU	.271	20	70	9	19	5	1	1	10	29	15	16	0	4	.395	.414	.810

    #9 Chris Withrow

    Last Year's Ranking: #6

    Status: Class A Advanced - Inland Empire

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    IE	CAL	2	1	4.26	4	3	0	0	0	19.0	13	10	9	1	10	28	1.00	.200

    #10 Nathan Eovaldi

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked (Drafted in 2008)

    Status: Low Class A - Great Lakes

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    GL	MID	0	2	6.57	3	3	0	0	0	12.1	18	12	9	0	7	5	0.71	.360

    #11 Austin Gallagher

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked

    Status: Low Class A - Great Lakes

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
    GL	MID	.306	19	72	8	22	4	0	1	12	29	6	15	1	0	.363	.403	.765

    #12 Ramon Troncoso

    Last Year's Ranking: #16

    Status: MLB - Los Angeles Dodgers

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    op >
     	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	SVO	IP	H	R	ER	HR	HB	BB	SO	AVG	WHIP	GO/AO	sequence ▲
    SEASON	0	0	1.38	6	0	0	0	1	1	13.0	9	2	2	0	0	2	6	.196	0.85	1.75

    #13 Pedro Baez

    Last Year's Ranking: #10

    Status: Class A Advanced - Inland Empire

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
    IE	CAL	.308	8	26	3	8	2	0	2	8	16	3	9	1	0	.400	.615	1.015

    #14 Travis Schlichting

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked

    Status: Chattanooga Lookouts


    #15 Steven Johnson

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked

    Status: Class A Advanced - Inland Empire

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    IE	CAL	1	1	4.66	4	4	0	0	0	19.1	15	11	10	3	8	24	0.94	.211

    #16 Xavier Paul

    Last Year's Ranking: 23

    Status: Triple A - Albuquerque

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
    ALB	PCL	.408	20	76	9	31	8	2	2	14	49	5	12	8	1	.439	.645	1.084

    #17 Kyle Russell

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked (Drafted in 2008)

    Status: Low Class A - Great Lakes

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
    GL	MID	.324	20	71	12	23	7	1	3	18	41	9	20	1	0	.395	.577	.97

    #18 Jon Michael Redding

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked (Drafted in 2008)

    Status: Low Class A - Great Lakes

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    GL	MID	2	1	5.50	4	4	0	0	0	18.0	21	12	11	0	7	13	1.35	.284

    #19 Tony Delmonico

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked (Drafted in 2008)

    Status: Low Class A - Great Lakes

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
    GL	MID	.294	20	68	12	20	4	1	3	11	35	15	18	2	0	.442	.515	.957

    #20 Justin Miller

    Last Year's Ranking: 22

    Status: Low Class A - Great Lakes

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    GL	MID	2	1	4.37	4	4	0	0	0	22.2	23	14	11	2	9	9	3.00	.258

    #21 Brent Leach

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked

    Status: Double A - Chattanooga - Update: Called up to Los Angeles May 2nd 2009

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    CHA	SOU	0	1	0.69	9	0	0	0	1	13.0	12	3	1	1	8	17	1.20	.231

    #22 Jamie Hoffman

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked

    Status: Double A - Chattanooga - Update: Promoted to Triple A - Albuquerque

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
    CHA	SOU	.324	20	68	19	22	8	1	2	11	38	15	14	4	3	.483	.559	1.042

    #23 Daigoro Rondon

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked

    Status: Class A Advanced - Inland Empire

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    IE	CAL	1	1	4.09	8	0	0	0	1	11.0	12	5	5	2	5	8	1.56	.27

    #24 Victor Garate

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked

    Status: Double A - Chattanooga

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    CHA	SOU	0	0	1.74	9	0	0	0	2	10.1	6	2	2	1	3	11	0.42	.18

    #25 Javy Guerra

    Last Year's Ranking: 20

    Status: Low Class A - Great Lakes

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    GL	MID	1	0	0.00	8	0	0	0	6	10.2	3	0	0	0	2	13	0.90	.086

    #26 James Adkins

    Last Year's Ranking: 19

    Status: Double A - Chattanooga

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    CHA	SOU	0	2	7.45	4	4	0	0	0	19.1	26	17	16	2	9	11	1.25	.321

    #27 Alfredo Silverio

    Last Year's Ranking: 29

    Status: Low Class A - Great Lakes

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
    GL	MID	.323	17	62	7	20	4	1	0	12	26	4	13	0	0	.364	.419	.783

    #28 Lucas May

    Last Year's Ranking: 17

    Status: Double A - Chattanooga

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
    CHA	SOU	.183	16	60	4	11	1	0	2	6	18	5	17	1	0	.246	.300	.546

    #29 Josh Wall

    Last Year's Ranking: 15

    Status: Class A Advanced - Inland Empire

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    IE	CAL	0	1	63.00	1	1	0	0	0	1.0	6	7	7	1	1	0	2.00	.667

    #30 Jordan Pratt

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked

    Status: Low Class A - Great Lakes

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    GL	MID	1	2	6.55	5	0	0	0	0	11.0	8	8	8	0	15	8	1.67	.205

    Other Notables

    Chin-Lung Hu - SS

    Last Year's Ranking: 3 (Graduated)

    Status: Triple A - Albuquerque


    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    GL	MID	1	2	6.55	5	0	0	0	0	11.0	8	8	8	0	15	8	1.67	.205

    Blake DeWitt - 3B

    Last Year's Ranking: 5 (Graduated)

    Status: Triple A - Albuquerque
    - Update: Called up to Los Angeles

    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
    ALB	PCL	.300	3	10	1	3	1	0	0	3	4	4	3	1	1	.500	.400	.900

    Greg Miller - LHP

    Last Year's Ranking: 18

    Status: Class A Advanced - Inland Empire


    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    IE	CAL	0	0	6.00	9	0	0	0	0	3.0	1	2	2	0	1	3	5.00	.100

    Mario Alvarez - RHP

    Last Year's Ranking: 21

    Status: N/A



    Tim Sexton - RHP

    Last Year's Ranking: 24

    Status: Class A Advanced - Inland Empire


    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    IE	CAL	1	2	3.86	4	4	0	0	0	21.0	23	10	9	3	3	13	1.35	.264

    Justin Orenduff - RHP

    Last Year's Ranking: 27

    Status: Class A Advanced - Inland Empire


    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    IE	CAL	1	0	2.70	7	0	0	0	2	10.0	7	3	3	1	7	12	0.50	.184

    Preston Mattingly - OF

    Last Year's Ranking: 28

    Status: Class A Advanced - Inland Empire


    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
    IE	CAL	.269	16	67	10	18	2	0	1	5	23	0	23	1	2	.300	.343	.643

    Geison Aguasviva - LHP

    Last Year's Ranking: 30

    Status: N/A



    Jamie Pedroza - SS/2B

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked

    Status: Low Class A - Great Lakes


    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
    GL	MID	.328	18	64	16	21	4	1	2	11	33	10	24	5	3	.421	.516

    Cole St. Clair - LHP

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked (Drafted in 2008)

    Status: N/A



    Alberto Bastardo - LHP

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked

    Status: N/A


    Stats As of May 1st, 2009
    Code:
    Team	League	W	L	ERA	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVG
    IE	CAL	1	2	3.99	5	5	0	0	0	29.1	22	13	13	2	6	33	1.38	.212

    Tony Abreu - 2B

    Last Year's Ranking: Not Ranked

    Status: Chattanooga Lookouts
    Last edited by ASUcruz; May 20th, 2009 at 05:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASUcruz View Post
    Wow...

    Huge blow to the kid, could have been a big year for him in development

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    #1 Andrew Lambo
    OF
    B-L
    T-L
    6-3 190

    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    Background:

    A preseason high school All-American in 2007, Lambo fell from a possible supplemental first-round pick to the fourth round because of makeup concerns. At Cleveland High in Reseda, Calif., he got suspended as a freshman for missing classes, then got caught smoking marijuana under the bleaches as a sophomore. Though there were no further incidents in his final two years after he transferred 35 miles north to Newbury Park (Calif.) High, scouts still thought he was immature. But Dodgers area scout Chuck Crim pushed for Lambo, and Los Angeles took him in the fourth round. He had grown up a Dodgers fan, and they signed him away from an Arizona State commitment for a slot bonus of $164,250. Lambo won the Guy Wellman Award as the Dodgers' best first-year player in 2007, when he ranked second in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in on-base percentage (.440) and third in hitting (.343). He played in the low Class A Midwest League all-star game in his first full season last year. As one of the few bright spots on a bad Great Lakes club, Lambo ranked among the MWL leaders in several categories when he was promoted to Double-A Jacksonville in late August, just two weeks after turning 20. Los Angeles made the move so he'd be eligible to play in the Arizona Fall League, but he handled the jump well, hitting safely in all eight games he played. Lambo capped his year by hitting .313 in the AFL, where he was one of the youngest players.

    Strengths:

    Lambo has plus raw power and bat speed, with an ideal swing path and mechanics. For a big player, he has a short and direct path to the ball, and he's very consistent with his stroke. He shows mainly gap power now, but he has the big frame to provide leverage for more homers in the future. He hangs in well against lefthanders, hitting .323 against them in 2008. Though he hasn't been a pro for long, Lambo has the confidence that makes him feel he can hit any pitcher. After playing right field and first base in his pro debut, he played a solid left field last season, about on par with Andre Ethier. If he returned to first base, his main position in high school, he'd be an above-average defender. Lambo has put his off-field problems behind him and has started to grow up.

    Weaknesses:


    Lambo's stroke is very level, and he may need to make some adjustments to add loft and produce more power in the future. Despite his textbook swing, he fanned 119 times in 2008 and will need to tighten up his strike zone. While he was a successful high school pitcher, his arm is just adequate, which prompted his move from right field to left. He's a well below-average runner, though he compensates on defense by reading balls well off the bat.

    The Future:

    Lambo projects as a middle-of-the-order bat, someone who can hit .285-.300 with 25 or more homers in the big leagues. His AFL performance reinforced that he has advanced hitting ability and gives the Dodgers confidence that he can handle a full-time assignment to their new Double-A Chattanooga affiliate in 2009. He could make his big league debut toward the end of 2010.
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    #2 James McDonald
    RHP
    B-R
    T-R
    6-5 195

    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    Background:

    McDonald's father James Sr. played college basketball at Southern California and then made the Los Angeles Rams as a tight end. James Jr. is also a cousin of former big leaguers Darnell and Donzell McDonald. He made a name for himself in last year's postseason, striking out seven Phillies in 5 1/3 scoreless innings in the NL Championship Series.

    Strengths:

    McDonald can add and subtract velocity from all three of his pitches—fastball, curveball and changeup—and has strong command. His best pitch is his 11-to-5 curve, which ranges from 69-77 mph, and his changeup is a plus offering with sink. When he pitched in relief in the majors, his fastball jumped up to 93-96 mph. He pitches from a high arm angle, using his height to deliver the ball on a downward plane to the hitter. He also shows great composure and feel for pitching. His first postseason pitch, with the bases loaded in the third inning of Game Two of the NLCS, was a changeup to Pat Burrell for a swinging strike. He's a terrific athlete who spent 2004-05 as an outfielder when he came down with a sore arm.

    Weaknesses:

    McDonald's fastball is very straight, and when he pitches as a starter it has fringy velocity at 87-91 mph. However, his secondary pitches help compensate for his fastball's shortcomings. His curveball can be inconsistent at times.

    The Future:

    The Dodgers' 2009 rotation is very unsettled thanks to free agency and Chad Billingsley's broken leg. McDonald will make Los Angeles' Opening Day roster in some capacity, with a good chance of earning a job as a starter. He projects as a No. 3 starter or late-inning reliever.starter, though outside observers believe it's more likely he'll be a top setup man or closer.

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    #3 Ethan Martin
    RHP
    B-R
    T-R
    6-2 195

    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    Background:

    As a high school quarterback and star third baseman/pitcher in high school, Martin never suffered a serious injury. He won BA's 2008 High School Player of the Year award, went 15th overall in the draft (he was the first prep pitcher taken) and signed for $1.73 million. Then at the Dodgers' postdraft minicamp, he tore the meniscus in his right knee when he slipped covering first base during a fielding drill. He returned in instructional league but has yet to make his official pro debut.

    Strengths:

    A good athlete who could have been drafted in the second round as a slugging third baseman, Martin stands out most with his arm strength. His fastball ranges from 90-96 mph, sits at 92-94 and has bat-breaking run and sink. He has the makings of a power curveball with depth, tilt and hard rotation.

    Weaknesses:

    Due to his past as a hitter, Martin remains raw as a pitcher and missed needed development time thanks to his knee injury. He must clean up his delivery and his changeup also needs a lot of work.

    The Future:

    Martin needs lots of innings to close the gap between his current ability and his potential as a frontline starter. He has a good chance to make his debut in low Class A and could advance quickly once things start coming together.

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    #4 Josh Lindblom
    RHP
    B-R
    T-R
    6-5 220

    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    Background:

    The Dodgers liked Lindblom out of high school in 2005, but the Astros picked him in the third round just as Los Angeles was ready to take him. Lindblom turned down Houston, went to Tennessee and then transferred to Purdue, where he became a closer. He worked just 41 innings as a junior, so scouts didn't see him much, and the Dodgers felt fortunate to get Lindblom with a second-round pick and $663,000 bonus.

    Strengths:

    Lindblom touched 96 mph as a college reliever, and he still pitched with plus velocity (89-94) as a pro starter, with plenty of heavy life on his fastball. His heater bores in on righthanders, his slider has lateral tilt and his splitter is a swing-and-miss pitch. He has a durable body, clean delivery and good mound presence.

    Weaknesses:

    Hitters can sometimes pick up Lindblom's pitches too easily out of his high arm slot. He tends to favor his splitter over his changeup, which the Dodgers want him to use more often.

    The Future:

    For now, the Dodgers will leave Lindblom as a starter, knowing he always can go back to relief. He finished his first pro summer in Double-A and will head back there to open 2009. He should be the first member of Los Angeles' 2008 draft class to reach the majors—perhaps sometime this year.

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    #5 Scott Elbert
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    Background:

    A 2004 first-round pick who signed for $1.575 million, Elbert had scar tissue removed from the labrum in his shoulder in 2007. The shoulder issues also forced him to spend much of the past three seasons in Double-A, but when he jumped to the majors last August, he struck out five of the first seven hitters he faced. He spent 2008 as a reliever because the Dodgers wanted him to work his way back more slowly.

    Strengths:

    Elbert still has a live arm, and his fastball was back up to 90-94 mph in 2008. He has a hard, two-plane curveball at 83-86 mph and runs it under the hands of righthanders. His changeup is also a plus pitch at times. He usually operates in the bottom of the strike zone.

    Weaknesses:

    A former all-state running back, Elbert has a football mentality on the mound, resulting in a high-effort delivery and a tendency for his front side to fly open when he rushes. Missing most of 2007 didn't help his mechanics, and there's some thought he may not be able to go back to starting because he can't repeat his delivery. He pitches away from contact, leading to erratic control and command.

    The Future:

    If Elbert makes the Dodgers out of spring training, it will be as a reliever. If not, he'll probably return to starting at their new Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate. If he can't re-assert himself in that role, he'll still be valuable as a late-inning reliever, perhaps even a closer.

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    #6 Ivan DeJesus Jr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

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    The son of the former big league shortstop by the same name, DeJesus stood out much more with his defense than his offense before 2008. Then he led the Southern League in on-base percentage (.419) and ranked fifth in hitting (.324). He played in the Futures Game and finished the season with a 23-game hitting streak.

    Strengths:

    DeJesus has an advanced approach, uses the whole field and shows good plate discipline. He has the ability to square up a fastball, and some power could come as he gets older, because he knows which pitches to pull. Defensively, he has solid range and arm strength to go with good actions and instincts. He's an average runner with savvy on the bases. His bilingualism, leadership skills and personality help make him a positive clubhouse presence.

    Weaknesses:

    DeJesus has a tendency to be too flashy on defense, especially with his throws, and otherwise gets careless mentally. Some SL observers thought he looked more comfortable at second base. He won't be a big home run or stolen base threat.

    The Future:

    For now, DeJesus will stay at shortstop, where the Dodgers have a greater organizational need. The re-signing of Rafael Furcal makes it more likely that DeJesus will open the season in Triple-A

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    #7 Devaris Gordon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    Background:

    A son of big league reliever Tom Gordon, Devaris originally attended Southeastern (Fla.) before transferring to junior college to become eligible for the 2008 draft. He didn't play at Seminole (Fla.) CC because of a grade mixup, so scouts couldn't see him in game action last spring. As a Royals farmhand, Dodgers farm director DeJon Watson once roomed with Tom Gordon, who tipped off Watson about his son. Los Angeles liked what it saw in workouts and signed him for $250,000 in the fourth round.

    Strengths:

    Gordon is a pure athlete who can cover 60 yards in 6.3 seconds and dunk a basketball despite standing 5-foot-11. He sprays the ball from gap to gap and showed little rust by ranking fourth in the Rookie-level Pioneer League batting race with a .331 average in his pro debut. He has plus range to both sides, a solid arm and the actions of a big league shortstop.

    Weaknesses:

    Despite his big league bloodlines, Gordon is raw and the time off last spring didn't help. With his size, his power potential is limited. He must learn to play more under control so he can be a more consistent defender.

    The Future:

    Gordon will move as fast as he can mature, with his next test to come in low Class A. If all goes well, he could blossom into a leadoff hitter and plus defender

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