30 Teams in 30 Days: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects

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1. Dee Gordon, SS – Gordon’s calling card is his speed. He’s projected to be a top of the order hitter. He’s very fast, but needs to work on his base running (he was caught stealing 25 times out of 98 attempts). He’s going to have little power and needs to work on his defense, but he’s very solid right now.

2. Chris Withrow, P – Withrow was close to being number one here; he’s got ace potential with a mid-90s fastball. He needs to work on his command and his third pitch (change-up). His fastball has lots of movement and his curve will be his out pitch.

3. Ethan Martin, P – Martin is almost as good as Withrow, but just at a lower level. He’s also got command issues and needs to cut down on the walks. He’s got a great fastball and a solid curve. He’s got a problem with pitching up in the zone, which could hurt him as he advances through the system.

4. Aaron Miller, P – Miller’s first pro season was promising. He’s got a good fastball/slider combo and he’s very athletic. He needs to work on his command and develop another pitch. He’s doesn’t have the potential of Withrow and Martin, but would make a solid back of the rotation starter.

5. Scott Elbert, P – Elbert’s been around for a while now and switched between starting and relieving. I believe that he’s a set up man in the making, with the possibility of closing. He’s got a good fastball and curve, which is all he’d need out of the ‘pen. He should have an impact this year.

6. Garrett Gould, P – Gould is the latest promising high school pitcher that the Dodgers has drafted. Like the other Dodgers pitching prospects, he’s got a good fastball and curve. He’s got questionable mechanics though; combine that with his lack of an effective third pitch, he’s got bullpen written all over him.

7. Andrew Lambo, OF – Lambo was one of the Dodgers top prospects coming into last year and hit the wall. In Double A, he still hit for contact, but didn’t improve on his power or discipline. If he can improve in Triple A this year, he’ll have a solid chance at making his MLB debut in September.

8. Josh Lindblom, P – Lindblom was switched to the bullpen this past season and seems to have found his role. He’s got a good fastball that sinks and curveball that works well out of the bullpen. He won’t be a closer, but would be perfect for the 8th inning. He could be with the Dodgers this year.

9. Ivan DeJesus, SS – DeJesus lost 2009 to a broken leg, so this could be a big year for him. He’s got good plate discipline and contact ability, but won’t hit for power. He’s solid defensively, but I’d expect him to move to second since Gordon is a better player.

10. Allen Webster, P – Webster took a step forward this past year. He improved his command and was striking out players left and right. He doesn’t walk many hitters and keeps the ball in the park. If he can get a few more groundballs, he’ll be a solid, mid-rotation starter.

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