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    Since we're talking about Mattingly, I'll post up his Handbook profile.

    #28 Preston Mattingly
    2B/SS/OF
    B-R
    T-R
    6-3 205

    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America
    Despite his bloodlines, Mattingly wasn't a consensus baseball prospect entering his senior high school season in 2006. The son of new Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly, Preston was a three-sport star and leaning towards playing basketball in in college before Los Angeles popped him with the 31st overall pick and signed him for $1 million.

    His athleticism hasn't translated on the baseball diamond through 590 professional at-bats, and he batted .157/.204/.196 after the all-star break in a forgettable first full season in 2007. Mattingly's approach at the plate is raw, as he swings and misses, expands the strike zone and fails to make consistent hard contact. He flashes plus bat speed and raw power in batting practice, and Los Angeles hopes his athleticism will help him make adjustments as he matures.

    Mattingly lacks the range and arm for the left side of the infield, and though he's a solid-average runner underway, his best position might be left field. He held his own at second base last season after playing shortstop as an amatuer. He likely will repeat low Class A in 2008 and move up as soon as he shows improvement.
    How the hell did this guy get ranked?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASUcruz View Post
    How the hell did this guy get ranked?
    his father

    Preston was a wasted pick. Too bad we didn't use that selection on Joba. Ah well - hindsight's 20/20
    Last edited by Diehard; April 7th, 2008 at 03:24 PM.

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    Only one Dodgers related question today.

    Jerry (Syracuse): John Do you feel confident enough in Chin Lung Hu to let Furcal walk after this season? Thanks!

    SportsNation Jim: Yes, I do. I like Chin Lung Hu, and I'd spend the money elsewhere.

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    Nice write up on James McDonald by John Sickles.

    James McDonald was drafted by the Dodgers in the 11th round in 2002, out of Poly High School in Long Beach, California. He was a first baseman when drafted, but didn't sign right away and went to junior college at Golden West JC. He signed in '03, moved to the mound full-time and posted a 3.33 ERA with a 47/15 K/BB in 48 innings of rookie ball, very credible performance and enough to get him a Grade C rating.

    However, a sore arm put his pitching future in enough doubt that the Dodgers moved him to the outfield in 2004. He didn't hit well, just .224/.291/.256 in rookie ball. He followed that with a .229/.312/.289 mark in the Pioneer League in 2005, prompting a return to pitching in '06.

    He had mixed results for Columbus in the Sally League in 2006, going 5-10, but with a 3.98 ERA and a 146/65 K/BB in 142 innings, just 119 hits allowed. The K/IP and H/IP were positives. His walk rate was high, but given his pitching inexperience this was understandable. I gave him a Grade C entering 2007, noting his need for better command but also pointing out the posiitve components.

    McDonald began 2007 at Inland Empire in the California League, going 6-7, 3.95 but with a 104/21 K/BB in just 82 innings. Promoted to Double-A Jacksonville, he went 7-2, 1.71 with a 64/16 K/BB in 53 innings. Again, very impressive K/IP marks, but with improving command. I gave him a Grade B+ in the book this year and rated him as the Number 13 pitching prospect in baseball. This seems to be a higher ranking than other sources are giving him. He is off to a great start this year: 2.92 ERA with a 15/4 K/BB in his first 12.1 innings, 10 hits allowed.

    Here is what I like about McDonald.

    Stat-wise, I like the improving ratios. His K/IP and always been impressive, but his walk rate has gone down even while pitching at higher levels, a clear marker that he is making a clean transition from thrower to pitcher. The fact that his K/IP remains strong in Double-A is another positive sign. The trendlines are good, in other words.

    Scout-wise, he was throwing 86-89 in the Sally League in '06 according to the reports I have, but was throwing 87-93 last year, continuing a gradual bump up in velocity. His curveball and changeup are very good, and adding the three pitches together with sharper command makes a nice package. I also like his athleticism, a key factor I look for in any pitcher. He hasn't shown any arm problems since his initial bout with trouble back in 2003, and perhaps the fact that he backed off pitching then and essentially rested his arm for two years may prevent a recurrance.

    McDonald still isn't getting as much attention as he deserves. While he may not be a number one starter type, if he stays healthy I think he's got a good chance to emerge as a fine number three guy, not bad for a guy who was a complete unknown two years ago.
    Prospect Profile: James*McDonald - Minor League Ball

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    Cory Wade just got called up so I thought I'd put up his BA profile.

    #26 Cory Wade
    RHP
    B-R
    T-R
    6-2 170

    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    After setting the career record for strikeouts at Indianapolis' Ripple High, Wade spent three years pitching and playing shortstop for Kentucky Wesleyan. His athleticism, clean arm action and remaining projection had several teams interested in drafting him following his junior season.

    Wade always had good control and a feel for pitching, but last year his stuff improved enough to prompt Los Angeles to add him to its 40-man roster.

    He dealt out of the bullpen between two levels last year and then pitched well in a 10-inning stint in the Arizona Fall League. Wade's fastball ranges from 86-93 and sits at 88. He can spot it to both sides of the plate, and he complements it with three secondary pitches.

    Inland Empire pitching coach Charlie Hough helped Wade with his curveball, and the pitch shows occasional plus movement with depth and three-quarter shape. He can throw it for a strike in any count.

    His cutter and changeup are fringy offerings, but he mixes his stuff and keeps hitters guessing. He might make it to the big leagues as a back-of-the-rotation starter, and at worst he'll have some value as an innings-eater middle reliever. His makeup is outstanding. Wade should open the season in Double-A with a chance to move to Triple-A by the all-star break.

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    Kershaw's first 5 starts for Jacksonville

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    Date	OPP	W	L	ERA	SV	IP	H	ER	BB	SO
    Apr 04	WTN	0	1	3.00	0	3.0	2	1	2	4
    Apr 10	@TEN	0	1	3.60	0	5.0	7	2	2	8
    Apr 15	CAR	0	1	1.50	0	6.0	4	1	2	6
    Apr 20	@MON	0	0	0.00	0	5.2	2	0	2	5
    Apr 25	@HUN	0	0	0.00	0	6.0	2	0	2	8
    Totals		0	3	1.40	0	25.2	17	4	10	31

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    First 5 starts for James McDonald

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    Date	OPP	W	L	ERA	SV	IP	H	ER	BB	SO
    Apr 03	WTN	0	0	6.00	0	3.0	6	2	0	2
    Apr 09	@TEN	0	0	0.00	0	4.0	1	0	2	4
    Apr 14	CAR	0	0	3.38	0	5.1	3	2	2	9
    Apr 19	@MON	1	0	6.00	0	6.0	8	4	0	2
    Apr 24	@HUN	0	0	6.75	0	4.0	7	3	1	5
    Totals		1	0	4.43	0	22.1	25	11	5	22
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    First 5 starts for Jon Meloan he is in Vegas (AAA)

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    Date	OPP	W	L	ERA	SV	IP	H	ER	BB	SO
    Apr 05	SLC	0	0	4.50	0	4.0	7	2	0	3
    Apr 10	CSP	1	0	1.50	0	6.0	3	1	3	6
    Apr 16	@SLC	0	0	0.00	0	6.0	1	0	4	4
    Apr 21	SAC	1	0	1.59	0	5.2	10	1	0	7
    Apr 27	POR	0	1	6.75	0	4.0	4	3	5	5
    Totals		2	1	2.45	0	25.2	25	7	12	25
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    A guy I am intrigued by is our supplemental 1st rounder from last year: James Adkins. He's a lefty out of the University of Tennessee, I thought he profiled as more of a lefty out of the pen type, but he has been starting for Class A-Cali league and has been great. Here are his numbers as well as his handbook profile.

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    Date	OPP	W	L	ERA	SV	IP	H	ER	BB	SO
    Apr 05	VIS	0	0	0.00	0	4.0	2	0	1	2
    Apr 10	@HDM	0	0	6.75	0	4.0	3	3	2	3
    Apr 15	VIS	1	0	1.80	0	5.0	4	1	3	5
    Apr 20	HDM	1	0	0.00	0	6.0	3	0	1	11
    Apr 26	@SJO	0	1	9.82	0	3.2	9	4	1	5
    Totals		2	1	3.18	0	22.2	21	8	8	2
    22 Ks and 8 BBs. Pretty good!


    #19 James Adkins
    LHP
    B-L
    T-L
    6-5 195

    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    After topping Tennessee's all time strikeouts list during a terrific three-year career for the Vols, Adkins signed for a $787,500 bonus when the Dodgers made him the 39th overall pick last June.

    He had shoulder surgery to relieve an impringement before his sophomore season, but logged more than 120 innings as as a junior and 350 in his career, one reason the Dodgers limited his outings to three innings or less last summer.

    Adkins' slider is on par with Greg Miller's as the best in the system. It ranges between 79-82 MPH with depth and deception. It would grade as a plus pitch on its shape alone, but Adkins' knack for spotting it anywhere he wants-in or out of the zone-in any count makes it even better.

    His 76-78 MPH curveball has its moments as well, though it's less confident. His fastball sits at 88 MPH and bumps 91, but as he learns to pitch off his heater, he could add velocity. He also throws a fringe-average changup.

    Adkins' arm works well, though he needs to stay online and could improve his extension. He could move quickly and profiles as a durable back-of-the-rotation starter. He could star the season in Double-A with a strong spring.

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    Another guy who has started the year off well is Andrew Lambo. A local kid drafted out of HS. Lambo was named the organization's best "pure hitter" going into the season by the handbook.

    Here as his numbers thus far for Single-A Midwest League

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    Team	League	AVG	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	BB	SO	SB	CS	OBP	SLG	OPS
    GLL	MID	.291	22	79	8	23	8	1	3	18	42	9	26	0	0	.360	.532	.891
    And his profile from BA.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Baseball America

    Based on ability alone, Lambo would have been long gone by the time the Dodgers drafted him in the fourth round last year. The part-Greek, part-Italian three-sport standout found himself in off-field trouble as an underclassman at Cleveland High in Reseda, California, where he was caught smoking marijuana in a classroom.

    He turned up at Newbury Park High for his final 2 seasons and continued to show the hitting prowess that makes him a prospect.

    He signed for $164,250 and raked in his debut, ranking second in the Gulf Coast League in on-base percentage (.440) and third in batting (.343).

    He drew rave reviews from Los Angeles for his showing during instructional league, earning comparisons to James Loney.

    For a hitter straight out of high school, Lambo has an advanced feel for hitting. He has leverage and the early signs of lift in his smooth lefthanded stroke. He laces line drives from foul pole to foul pole, keeping his hands inside the ball well.

    He projects to hit for at least average power. He ha a plus arm and good hands that would make him an above-average defensive first baseman, but the Dodgers believe he has a chance to handle a corner outfield position. He's a well below-average runner, but reads balls well off the bat and takes proper routes in the outfield. He probably could handle a full-season assignment following spring training.

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