Tracy supplies opportunities

Jim Tracy has been more than fair to a great many players trying to make the Dodgers' 25 man roster. I have never seen a better use of prospective players.<br><br> The player given the most time to show what he can do is Joe Thurston. He came to camp last year expecting to be the starting second basemen, but was optioned back down at the end of spring training. With Alex Cora suffering a broken arm over the winter, Thurston has played 63 innings at second base and is hitting .259.

Jose Hernandez a veteran infielder who can play 2B, 3B and SS has played the next most of anyone, 61 innings and is hitting .269.

A rookie with no chance of making the opening day team is Franklin Gutierrez but he has played 60 innings, and has been the best defensive player we've seen, but is hitting just .200.

Jason Romano who used to play infield and outfield is now being used solely in the outfield and has played left, center and right for a total of 51 innings. He's hit three home runs, is driving them in and is batting a solid .385.

First basemen James Loney, just 19 years old, has played 43 innings and has played solidly on defense and has hit very well, .444.

Bubba Trammel being used mostly in left field and a bit in right, has been in for 40 innings, but is hitting just .200.

Catcher Koyie Hill a switch hitter would like to be a third string catcher behind Lo Duca and Ross. He's played 27 innings and is batting .308.

An interesting invitee to spring training is Luis Garcia 25 years old whose claim to fame is hitting the home run knocking the U.S.A. baseball team out of the Olympic Trials. He homered in yesterday's game and is batting .600, the highest average on the team in 25 innings. He's basically an outfielder but can also play first. He bats right handed. Olmedo Saenz another right handed hitter who plays first and third bases is hitting .222 in 22 innings.

Wilkin Ruan a center fielder who bats right handed has played in just 15 innings and is batting only .210. Ruan is competing with Jason Romano for a backup CF spot to Dave Roberts.

So about the only player here who might have a complaint is Ruan. A lot of us would like to see Luis Garcia get more playing time as a possible left fielder and right handed hitting first basemen. He is a power hitter.

As of right now, if one had to pick a starting left fielder with an open mind, it would have to be either Jolbert Cabrera or Jason Romano, but there is still a long way to go.