Dodgers Final Report

BEST PLAYER: In a full season at Double-A Jacksonville, shortstop Ivan DeJesus Jr. led the Southern League with a .419 on-base percentage, mostly the result of his compiling the second-most walks (76) in the circuit while striking out only 81 times.

The 21-year-old finished the season with a 23-game hitting streak, boosting his season average to .324, but he likely won’t get a chance to continue that streak with Jacksonville. In fact, after playing in the Arizona Fall League, DeJesus might go to spring training with a shot at cracking the Dodgers’ everyday lineup, depending on whether the club re-signs Rafael Furcal or some other veteran.

BEST PITCHER: After righthander James McDonald was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas for the first time in early August—he went 2-1, 3.63 there—he made his major league debut in a September callup.

McDonald went from an 11th-round draft pick to one of the organization’s top pitching prospects by keeping his walk total microscopic. This year, he walked a total of 53 batters in 141 innings at Jacksonville and Las Vegas while striking out a batter an inning.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Outfielder Andrew Lambo was promoted all the way to Jacksonville from low Class A Great Lakes with a week left in the season just to gauge where he was developmentally. Last year’s fourth-round pick responded by hitting safely in all eight of his games with the Suns. Lambo, 20, hit .288/.346/.462 with 15 home runs in 472 at-bats at Great Lakes and .389/.421/.750 in 36 at-bats at Jacksonville. He also will play in the AFL.

L.A. CONFIDENTIAL

• While top catching prospect Lucas May was headed to the AFL after batting .230/.294/.403 for Jacksonville this season, A.J. Ellis, who hit .321/.436/.456 at hitter-friendly Las Vegas and projects as a big league backup, was called up to be the Dodgers’ third catcher for September.

• Scott Elbert, the Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2004 and their top lefthanded pitching prospect before shoulder surgery in June 2007 sidelined him for more than a year, made his major league debut on Aug. 29 at Arizona after being called up from Jacksonville.

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