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Top 20 Pre-Season Los Angeles Dodgers Prospects in Review

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2010 Los Angeles Dodgers Top 20 Prospects in Review

Here is a review of the 2010 Dodgers prospect list, originally published December 26, 2009. THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE OLD LIST AND PRE-SEASON GRADES. THIS IS NOT A NEW LIST.  The 2011 list and new grades won't be ready until the season is over and I start writing the book.

1) Dee Gordon, SS, Grade B+:  .279/.327/.367 for Double-A Chattanooga, 40 steals, caught 16 times, defense remains erratic. His stock has dropped a bit in my mind but he's still intriguing.

2) Chris Withrow, RHP, Grade B+:  5.05 ERA, 91/51 K/BB in 98 innings for Chattanooga, 103 hits. Reports on stuff are still good, but command is giving him trouble. Stock down slightly for me.

3) Ethan Martin, RHP, Grade B:  5.61 ERA, 94/67 K/BB in 103 innings for High-A Inland Empire, 104 hits. Good strikeout rate, but like Withrow his command is problematic.

4) Aaron Miller, LHP, Grade B:  2.77 ERA, 75/35 K/BB in 75 innings for Inland Empire, but 7.04 ERA with 22/18 K/BB in 23 innings for Chattanooga. Command has slipped after promotion. Still like his ceiling.

5) Josh Lindblom, RHP, Grade B:  6.34 ERA with 70/27 K/BB in 77 innings for Triple-A Albuquerque, 113 hits allowed.  ERA in relief is 4.91 with better peripherals, and that's likely where his future lies.

6) Scott Elbert, LHP, Grade B-:  4.98 ERA with 45/34 K/BB in 43 innings for Albuquerque. Serious command troubles. Left team in early June.

7) Andrew Lambo, OF, Grade B-:  .271/.325/.411 in 50 Double-A games. Drug suspension, then traded to Pittsburgh. Young enough at 22 (next week) to rebound if he gets his head out of his rear.

8) Garrett Gould, RHP, Grade B-:  4.91 ERA with 26/13 K/BB in 33 innings for rookie-level Ogden, 38 hits allowed. Numbers not impressive at this point, but sample is small, upside is still here.

9) Ivan DeJesus, SS, Grade B-:   .288/.327/.396 for Albuquerque. Not impressive for that team/level. Walk rate way down for one thing.

10) Allen Webster, RHP, Grade C+:  10-7, 2.56 with 88/44 K/BB  in 98 innings for Great Lakes in the Midwest League, 87 hits. Reports are positive about his stuff, but command will need to sharpen up to avoid fate of Martin and Withrow at higher levels.

11) Trayvon Robinson, OF, Grade C+:  .308/.396/.458, 31 steals in 42 attempts, 50 walks, 98 strikeouts in 354 at-bats in Double-A.  Has hit very well after a slow April. Stock going up.

12) Kenley Jansen, RHP, Grade C+:  1.60 ERA, 78/23 K/BB in 45 innings, 29 hits between High-A and Double-A, has looked great in three major league innings. Outstanding K/IP and H/IP ratios. Walk rate was still higher than ideal in the minors, but he's made huge progress overall.

13) Nate Eovaldi, RHP, Grade C+:  4.45 ERA, 58/33 K/BB in 85 innings for Inland Empire, 99 hits. Component ratios are not impressive, scouting reports mixed. On DL right now with oblique strain.

14) Kyle Russell, OF, Grade C+:  Killed the Cal League at .354/.448/.692, but strikeouts are killing him in Double-A, .228/.293/.405 with 64 whiffs in 44 games. Still has excellent power potential but has to make better contact.

15) Brett Wallach, RHP, Grade C+:  3.48 ERA, 96/46 K/BB in 89 innings in the Midwest League, 81 hits. Traded to the Cubs. Doing OK, not great but not bad, like the strikeouts.

16) Jonathan Garcia, OF, Grade C+: .319/.380/.511 for Ogden in the Pioneer League. 18 years old, toolsy of a bit undersized at 5-11, strong throwing arm.

17) Lucas May, C, Grade C:  .284/.345/.488 combined between Double-A and Triple-A, 14 homers, 27/71 BB/K in 303 at-bats, defense still erratic. Traded to Royals. I don't see him as a future regular.

18) Xavier Paul, OF, Grade C:   .348/.404/.635 in Triple-A, .231/.277/.314 in the majors. I still think he can be a useful reserve outfielder but isn't likely to get beyond that.

19) Tony Delmonico, C, Grade C:  .281/.414/.374 in 53 games between Inland Empire and AZL rehab assignment for wrist injury. No power, but has good strike zone judgment. Already 23 and needs to take step forward next year.

20) Pedro Baez, 3B, Grade C:  .268/.312/.368 in 54 games for Inland Empire, weak plate discipline being a problem, also needs work on defense. Skills are stagnant.

Most of the top pre-season Dodgers guys have slipped or remain about the same, although Jansen and Robinson took steps forward. There seems to be a pattern of command problems with the group of young, hard-throwing pitchers.