I'm curious about Dodgers draftees Andrew Lambo and Jaime Pedroza. I know they're in the lowest levels of the minors, but it looks like they can hit a bit. Are they prospects or is it too soon to tell?
Lambo and Pedroza had spectacular pro debuts after signing in June. Lambo, a first baseman/outfielder drafted in the fourth round out of Newbury Park (Calif.) High, hit .343/.440/.519 with five homers and 32 RBIs in 54 games in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Pedroza, a shortstop taken in the ninth round out of UC Riverside, batted .360/.413/.569 with eight homers and 40 RBIs in 56 games in the Rookie-advanced Pioneer League.
Lambo is a legitimate prospect. His ability warranted more than a fourth-round pick, but he got kicked out of the first high school he attended and acted immature during predraft interviews this spring. But he has a sweet lefthanded swing, solid power and good control of the strike zone, which has led to comparisons to James Loney.
Pedroza is more a guy who bears watching. He's not a long-term shortstop, but he has a chance to become an offensive second baseman. Hitting runs in the family. The Dodgers drafted his older brother Sergio, a Cal State Fullerton outfielder, in the third round in 2005, and he has hit 66 homers in 2½ pro seasons. Los Angeles shipped Sergio to the Devil Rays in a trade for Julio Lugo last year.