I have no clue where this “Debacle in the Ravine will take us, but I’d say Jamie does not have the upper hand. No, I’m not going to speculate on who we will sign and who we won’t or who we should trade. Today, I just want to do some “farming.” Let’s take a look at the Dodgers top prospects.
I have to chuckle every time I see a “TOP TEN PROSPECT LIST.” Let’s get real. Who really knows? Is a he a #1 or a #7? It’s mostly BS. Then I see someone come out with a TOP 30 or a TOP 50! PLEASE! GET A LIFE! What you write are just guesses. Pick ten and let it go. Stats and all the analysis in the world can’t take the place of a good set of eyes. I have ten Dodger prospects who really impress me and if it were eleven, it would be my “Top Eleven” list. This year it’s ten. Count ‘em 10! Feel free to disagree and tell me who should or shouldn’t be included.
Ranking these players is a crap-shoot at best as most of the players are at different stages of development. Does TOP 10 mean “Top Right Now” or “Highest Ceiling?” What way do you look at it? I mean, why rank them in order when you are ALWAYS going to be wrong somehow?
TOP TEN PROSPECTS – In No Particular Order”
Andrew Lambo LH/LF - More power than Andre Ethier. Some feel he regressed this year, but there are a variety of factors at play. Blake DeWitt struggled at A and AA before being successful in the majors the very next year. This is a 6′ 3″ 21 year-old kid who is “adjusting” and has a lot of maturing to do. I think he’s our LF of the future, but I don’t know if he can make it by the time Manny moves on. We will find out more next year. He’ll probably start at AA again, where he hit .256 with 11 HR , 39 doubles and 61 RBI. He had a .311 OB% and OPS’d only .717, but he struck out only 1 out of 5 times and that pretty good for a free-swinger with a BIG SWING. Watch this guy. I think he’s a potential 35-40 HR guy!
UPDATE: Lambo is hitting .404 in the AFL with 2 HR and 11 RBI
Garrett Gould -RHP - It’s not often I include a guy from a Rookie League, but this guy tops out at 94 MPH, with a knee-buckling curve-ball and has a very high ceiling. He’s raw, but talented, and I would say he could make the majors in late 2011. He could also be a total bust, but his stuff is too good to ignore
Charlie Haeger - RHP – I believe he can be a solid #5, with his knuckler. He is a solid prospect. What more is there to say? He’s the best knuckleball prospect since Tim Wakefield. He could be a real inning-eater for the Dodgers. He will be 27 and could easily throw 200+ innings. Don’t forget that he pitched in a real hitters league last year and went 11-6 with a 3.55 ERA and had 4 complete games! He’s been around and I would not be afraid to have him start 2010 as our #5.
Dee Gordon – This kid will be our starting SS in 2 years. Yeah, hes raw, but he’s the closest thing to a “sure All-Star” that we have. Think “Jimmy Rollins with more speed.” He has the “Star Swagger” and he moves with so much ease.
Josh Lindblom - RHP – Is he a closer or #3? The Dodgers will have to decide. I think he would be an exceptional closer, but I also think he’s a nice #3 or #4. I guess it depends upon what happens with J-Brox. Decide! He can make the team in 2010 as a reliever. If they decide to make him a starter, he’s another year away.
Nathan Eovaldi - RHP – Nate has a 92-93 MPH natural sinking fastball that makes him a possible #2 stater. He’s very young, very raw and very talented. I can’t get a read yet on his mental makeup. That’s what will make all the difference, but his talent warrants a TOP 10.
Ethan Martin – RHP - Great arm – great hitter. Will he continue pitching? This kid has a live arm and can make the majors as a pitcher or a 3B. He’s a TOP 10 either way. I say that “tongue-in-cheek” as he is already down the pitching road, but I still think he could make it as a 3B!
Scott Elbert - LHP - Scott needs to regain the 2-4 MPH he lost on his fastball (after surgery) or he will just be a journeyman. I rate him a TOP 10 because I think if the Dodgers keep him in the pen, he’ll throw 95-96 and be an excellent late-inning reliever. However, he HAS to re-gain that lost MPH or he’s toast!
Ivan DeJesus, Jr. RH/2B - A broken leg cost him all the 2009 season. I don’t think he has the range to be a SS, but he’s big enough to develop the power to be a 2B – a very good one. He would have plus range, good speed and hopefully be a 15-20 HR player in a year or two. He’s 5’11″ and should be 190-200 lbs. when mature. He could compete for a job at 2B in 2010, but Hu and DeWitt are ahead of him.
We have a lot of other good young players in the minors, and I will name but a few: Chin-lung Hu ( I see him as a utilityman), Chris Withrow (I’ll catch flack on this one, but he can go either way-I am not a fan, but he can still “show me” – if I were to have a TOP 11, he would be on it), Kyle Russell (pure raw power, but I remain unconvinced – he has a shot however), James Atkins (he has isssues, but looks fragile), Tony Delmonico and Austin Gallagher (who knows?), Trayvon Robinson (interesting), Lucas May and AJ Ellis (backups, both) and Javy Gurerra (maybe). I have omitted the players at Rookie Ball for the reason that you never know. Jerry Sands? Forget about him!
Here’s a sleeper – Nick Buss (LH-CF).
P.S. Technically, Haeger and Elbert may not be rookies (I didn’t look it up), but they are for my purposes. Of course, James McDonald is no longer a rookie either.
- It has occurred to me that the reason Joe Torre benched Orlando Hudson in the playoffs is so that he would would be angry and refuse arbitration from the Dodgers (that would enable us to get our draft pick back).
- Randy Wolf HAS to be offered arbitration
- Garland? Who knows? We have a #5 in Haeger!
- Travis Schlichting is being groomed as a starter in the AFL – he logged 4 innings on 10/29/09
- Russ Mitchell is absolutely tearing up the AFL – this guy will be a career minor leaguer or a “Matt Stairs-type player.” Watch!
- This McCourt stuff reeks! I have supported Frank McCourt in the past, but now I just wish that him and Jamie would both just go away.