Dodger Prospect Javy Guerra

23rd in a series as we count down among the top Dodger prospects.

Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Denton, Tex.
DOB- Oct. 31, 1985
B/T- R-R
04 Club- Gulf Coast Dodgers (Rookie)

This past spring, Guerra was one of the most dominating high school pitchers in the country but there was a hitch, or, rather, a leap. His fast ball hurried to the plate upwards of 95-96 mph; however, he finished it off with a literal vault off the mound that plainly wouldn't do in pro ball. The thinking among any number of scouts was that when it was taken away, he'd lose most of the pizzazz on the pitch.

The Dodgers, though, felt that it was a correctable fault and that he had more than enough projection to take him in the fourth round. They then sent him to the Gulf Coast entry where former major leaguer George Culver is the pitching coach because Culver had the knowledge and the patience to get rid of the hop and still bring out the best in Guerra.

It didn't happen overnight. In fact, in his debut, Javy managed to reach the backstop with a few deliveries and was gone in the second inning. Still, he kept going back out there and his improvement was marked. By the end of the season, he was one of the more impressive pitchers in a league that had a number of them. His 4-1, 3.38 record included 36 strikeouts in 40 innings and he wound up issuing only 19 walks.

He also features a biting curve and is coming along with his change. The hop forward has long disappeared and, although, there's still a lot of the learning curve to conquer, he seems very projectable. With a good spring, he could move to Columbus but is more likely to be assigned to the extended spring camp, then to Ogden.