Today, Dennis Schlossman of Bleacher Report named J.T. Wise the #8 best prospect in the Dodgers organization (Jared has him at #27) and had this to say:
Within another year, Jeremy Tyler Wise could very easily be rated as the best catching prospect in the entire Dodgers franchise.
Wise was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Oklahoma, and immediately made his presence known in Rookie League play with Ogden. In 2009 after appearing in 39 games with the Raptors, Wise hit .338/.401/.566 with eight home runs and 23 RBI. Last year with Great Lakes, he carried a .309 average while adding 12 home runs and 62 RBI in 86 games played.
Besides his fine offensive skills, Wise also possesses tremendous arm strength and his release mechanics are excellent. With the Raptors he caught 24 of 47 would-be base stealers, and last year with the Loons he nailed 32 percent of runners attempting to steal.
Right now, the area in which Wise needs to improve the most is his defense, most specifically blocking the plate. He was responsible for 10 passed balls in only 24 games in 2009, and although that number decreased last year, coaches expect him to progress more.
After starting 2011 with the Loons, Wise should see a reasonable amount of time in Single-A this year with Rancho Cucamonga, where he should have no problem maintaining his strong offensive production. If his defense improves behind the dish, there’s a chance he’ll make the jump to Double-A Chattanooga.
#8 seems high to me, but I have never seen him. What do you say, Jared?
Feel free to weigh in – I know you will.
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