Many First Basemen Waiting in the Wings

James Loney, only 24, is a real stumbling block for Dodgers minor league first basemen, much as Russell Martin is to the catching department. There are some real gems in the system and perhaps some of them might be thinking about expanding their options and workings out a bit in the outfield.

ALBUQUERQUE --With Terry Tiffe and John Lindsey gone from the organization the Isotopes are still pretty well fixed up with powerful Valentino (don't call me Val) Pascucci front and center. The big guy, 6-6 and 260, slammed 28 Triple-A home runs last season and knocked in 88. He will be backed up by Mitch Jones, who collected even more home runs per time at bat (12.5 to 17.1) than Pascucci. Both can also play the outfield.

CHATTANOOGA --The two Triple-A sluggers will seemingly doom Russell Mitchell, who who started to blossom at Jacksonville last season and will get another chance at Chattanooga this season. Mitchell had 22 doubles and 16 homers while driving in 75 runs.

INLAND EMPIRE --Drew Locke, who handled most of the traffic at Inland Empire last season, would ordinarily be promotes a notch, but with Mitchell in place, he might be left with the 66ers again to give him additional playing time. This could change if Mitchell is used at third base, but the system is actually stuffed with hot corner prospects and that probably will not happen.

GREAT LAKES --The slow down in the feeder system will not effect Jaime Orr, who hit a speed bump with the Loons last season and hit only .228 at Ogden and .213 for Great Lakes although with good power (30 doubles and 18 home runs) between the two teams. He could benefit with another season in the Midwest League. However, Eduardo Perez will be stymied after hitting well at both Great Lakes and Inland Empire.

OGDEN --Rookie Steve Caseres had a solid, .268-7-38 season for the Raptors. Chris Jacobs, who hit .271-3-26 for the Gulf Coast League could share time with him if nothing else works out.

Young first basemen Jerry Castillo, Erick Lantigua and Pedro Tavarez shared duties with the Dodgers entry in the Dominican Summer League.

First basemen who appeared in 20 or more games:
	
LAS VEGAS
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab  r    h  2b 3b hr  bi sb
Tiffee	.378 .416 .977  93  392  73 148  39  3  9  69  1
Lindsey	.316 .407 .964 133  481  85 152  36  1 26 100  0
Jones	.275 .347 .942  54  200  38  55  14  1 16  45  4

JACKSONVILLE
	 ave  obp  ops  gm  ab   r    h  2b 3b hr  bi sb
Mitchell .264 .323 .758 133  485  65 128  22  4 16  75  8
Bellhorn .242 .357 .777  59  207  34  50  14  1  7  29  1
Rivera	 .231 .293 .674  38  134  13  31   5  0  5  18  0

INLAND EMPIRE
	   ave  obp  ops  gm   ab  r   h   2b 3b hr  bi sb
Locke	  .311 .365 .842 122  470  81 146  37  4 11  85  5
Gallagher .293 .349 .805  78  307  36  90  33  1  5  55  1
Perez	  .280 .340 .774  47  175  47  49  10  1  5  24  1  

GREAT LAKES
	 ave  obp  ops  gm  ab    r   h  2b 3b hr  bi sb
Perez	.280 .340 .774  47  175  47  49  10  1  5  24  1  
Ortiz	.217 .293 .686  97  336  36  73  18  1 13  48  2
Mathews	.204 .320 .662  64  196  16  40  13  1 14  19  3

OGDEN
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi sb
Caseres	.268 .327 .796  44  179  24  48  11  2  7  38  0
Orr	.225 .286 .697  45  173  22  39  12  1  5  24  0

GULF COAST LEAGUE
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr bi  sb
Jacobs	.271 .380 .776  43  144  23  39  5  2  3  26  1
Golder	.229 .361 .663  34   96  13  22  4  0  1   6  2

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h 2b 3b hr  bi  sb
Castillo.285 .360 .693  56  144  20  41  5  1  0  10  16
Lantigua.247 .349 .691  53  146  16  36  8  0  2  19   1
Tavarez	.220 .299 .587  58  205  21  45  9  1  1  27   4
	

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