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Ring The Bell

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What made Dodgers third-base prospect Josh Bell stand out from the crowd at the team's second annual winter development program for top prospects in January at Dodger Stadium was that, well, he didn't stand out from the crowd. The switch-hitting third baseman is conservatively listed in last year's media guide as weighing 235 pounds. Since then, though, Bell looks like a new man.

Majors | #2009#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Two Years, Big Change

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Jamie Hoffman's career choice wasn't looking so good this time two years ago. Hoffmann decided in 2003 not to sign with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, who had drafted him in the eighth round, or to accept a hockey scholarship to Colorado College. He had passed up all those icy dreams to pursue a baseball career by signing with the Dodgers as a nondrafted free agent. That decision seemed dubious after he experienced a lackluster 2006 season in high Class A Vero Beach.

Majors | #2009#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Fine-Tuning Robinson

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After hitting 26 points better at high Class A Inland Empire this year than he did at low Class A Great Lakes in 2007, outfielder Trayvon Robinson went to the Dodgers' instructional league camp to continue to hone his skills. Club officials wanted him to focus on his two-strike hitting approach, polishing his bunting skills to better utilize his speed and getting better jumps and taking better routes in center field, his projected position.

Majors | #2009#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

This Russell Doesn’t Catch

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Russell Mitchell isn't converting from a corner infielder to a catcher the way another Russell M. did for the Dodgers a few years ago, even if Mitchell was listed that way on the official roster of the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League. Turns out that was merely a creative way to get Mitchell onto the club, because the Dodgers had a catcher slot availble to them on the Surprise roster.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Taking It Slow

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ighthander Chris Withrow, the Dodgers' first-round draft choice last summer, was activated for the first time this season on Aug. 7 and assigned to high Class A Inland Empire, an unusually high level for a player with such limited experience. He made his debut for 66ers on Aug. 10 and yielded one run, one hit and one walk in an inning of work.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports