Los Angeles Dodgers: Top 10 Prospects

TOP
TEN
PROSPECTS
1. Andy
LaRoche, 3b
2. Clayton
Kershaw, lhp
3. Scott
Elbert, lhp
4. James
Loney, 1b/of
5. Etanislao
Abreu, 2b
6. Ivan
DeJesus Jr., ss
7. Jonathan
Meloan, rhp
8. Blake
DeWitt, 2b/3b
9. Josh
Bell, 3b
10. Preston
Mattingly, ss
BEST
TOOLS
Best Hitter for
Average
James
Loney
Best
Power Hitter
Andy
LaRoche
Best
Strike-Zone Discipline
Cory
Dunlap
Fastest
Baserunner
Trayvon
Robinson
Best
Athlete
Preston
Mattingly
Best
Fastball
Clayton
Kershaw
Best
Curveball
Scott
Elbert
Best
Slider
Jonathan
Meloan
Best
Changeup
Carlos
Alvarez
Best
Control
Clayton
Kershaw
Best
Defensive Catcher
Gabriel
Gutierrez
Best
Defensive Infielder
Ivan
DeJesus Jr.
Best
Infield Arm
Andy
LaRoche
Best
Defensive Outfielder
Jamie
Hoffman
Best
Outfield Arm
Xavier
Paul
PROJECTED
2010
LINEUP
Catcher Russ Martin
First
Base
James
Loney
Second
Base
Etanislao
Abreu
Third
Base
Andy
LaRoche
Shortstop Rafael Furcal
Left
Field
Andre
Ethier
Center
Field
Juan
Pierre
Right
Field
Matt
Kemp
No.
1 Starter
Chad
Billingsley
No.
2 Starter
Jason
Schmidt
No.
3 Starter
Clayton
Kershaw
No.
4 Starter
Scott
Elbert
No.
5 Starter
Brad
Penny
Closer Jonathan Broxton
TOP PROSPECTS
OF
THE DECADE
Year Player,
Position
2006
1997 Paul
Konerko, 3b
White
Sox
1998 Paul
Konerko, 1b
White
Sox
1999 Angel
Pena, c
Tabasco
(Mexican)
2000 Chin-Feng
Chen, of
La New Bear
(Taiwan)
2001 Ben
Diggins, rhp
Windy City
(Frontier)
2002 Ricardo
Rodriguez, rhp
Cardinals
2003 James
Loney, 1b
Dodgers
2004 Edwin
Jackson, rhp
Devil
Rays
2005 Joel
Guzman, ss/of
Devil
Rays
2006 Chad
Billingsley, rhp
Dodgers
TOP DRAFT PICKS
OF
THE DECADE
Year Player, Position 2006
1997 Glenn Davis, 1b Out
of baseball
1998 Bubba Crosby, of Yankees
1999 Jason Repko, ss/of Dodgers
2000 Ben Diggins, rhp Windy
City (Frontier)
2001 Brian Pilkington, rhp (2nd round) Out of baseball
2002 James Loney, 1b Dodgers
2003 Chad Billingsley, rhp Dodgers
2004 Scott Elbert, lhp Dodgers
2005 *Luke Hochevar, rhp Royals
2006 Clayton Kershaw, lhp Dodgers
* Did not
sign
LARGEST BONUSES
IN
CLUB HISTORY
Clayton Kershaw,
2006
$2,300,000
Joel Guzman,
2001
$2,250,000
Ben Diggins,
2001
$2,200,000
Hideo Nomo,
1995
$2,000,000
Scott Elbert,
2004
$1,575,000
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Los Angeles Dodgers

The Mets may
have swept the Dodgers in the National League Division Series, but
Los Angeles shouldn’t be singing the blues. The previous year, the
franchise suffered through its second-worst showing since moving from
Brooklyn in 1958 and the faces on the roster were as random as those
at a cabstand. Fans’ groans grew louder than traffic on the 5 when
owner Frank McCourt fired Paul DePodesta and replaced him with Ned
Colletti’”who had been an assistant GM with the archrival Giants’”the
club’s third general manager in four years.

They
weren’t groaning after 2006, as most of Colletti’s moves worked. He
signed veterans, spun trades, promoted rookies and saw the Dodgers
move from mediocrity to prosperity. In winning Baseball America’s
Organization of the Year award, Los Angeles found its way back to the
playoffs as a wild card and has the foundation to contend for years
to come.

The Dodgers brought several youngsters
into the mix last season. Russell Martin seized the catching job
earlier than expected and shined both offensively and defensively.
Andre Ethier, acquired from the Athletics for volatile outfielder
Milton Bradley before the season, carried the club for a stretch at
midseason with clutch hitting and power few predicted. Matt Kemp
scorched the ball at the outset of a brief big league stint. When
James Loney wasn’t leading the minors in hitting at Triple-A Las
Vegas, he was filling in admirably for the injured Nomar Garciaparra
and reasserted himself as a frontline prospect.

On
the mound, Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Broxton assumed important
roles and showed why they’re projected as Los Angeles’ No. 1 starter
and closer of the future. Enigmatic Hong-Chih Kuo resurfaced as the
force the Dodgers expected when they acquired when they signed him in
1999. Takashi Saito, a 36-year-old former Japanese big leaguer in his
first year in the United States, took over as closer when Eric Gagne
got hurt again and amassed 24 saves.

In addition
to reinforcements, the farm system also provided lots of trade
fodder. Six players among last year’s Dodgers top 30 prospects were
sent packing, allowing the club to acquire such players as Marlon
Anderson, Danys Baez, Wilson Betemit, Mark Hendrickson and Julio
Lugo.

The Dodgers graduated or traded nine of
their top 17 prospects from a year ago, so the system naturally lost
some depth. But it’s far from barren. Andy LaRoche and Loney are
close to taking over the club’s corner-infield jobs, while 2006
first-round pick Clayton Kershaw and 2004 first-rounder Scott Elbert
are two of the best lefty pitching prospects in the
game.

All four of those players were taken in
the five drafts Logan White ran as scouting director. He was promoted
to assistant GM for scouting in the offseason, with Tim Hallgren
ascending from national crosschecker to replace White. DeJon Watson,
formerly a Reds scouting director and most recently an Indians major
league scout, takes over as farm director from Terry Collins, who
left to manage Japan’s Orix Buffaloes.

The
Dodgers also made significant changes to their farm system during the
reaffiliation process. They moved their high Class A affiliate from
Vero Beach (Florida State) to Inland Empire (California), severing a
27-season relationship and signaling a future spring training move
out of Dodgertown, and switched their low Class A affiliate from
Columbus (South Atlantic) to Great Lakes
(Midwest).

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