Dodger Prospect Ryan Ketchner

36th in a series as we count down among the top Dodger prospects.

Name- RYAN PATRICK KETCHNER
Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence-Lantana, Fla.
DOB-April 19, 1982
Height-6-1
Weight-190
B/T-L-L
04 Club -Jacksonville (AA)

Ryan Ketchner has an avowed mission. He's 95 percent deaf, reads lips to communicate, and wants above all to demonstrate that someone with such a handicap can succeed in the game.

He has to do it without the requisite smoking fast ball, either for his rarely reaches 90. His other pitches -- a slider and change -- are rated little better than ordinary, too. What he has is command. He studies batter's weaknesses and possesses an almost uncanny ability to pitch to them, putting the ball more often than not exactly where he intends.

Obtained from Seattle in the deal for Jolbert Cabrera, he was Jacksonville's most reliable starter most of the season, going 8-7, 3.02, striking out 98 batters in 119 innings.

He's been promoted to the Dodger 40-man roster and would be a darkhorse candidate for a fifth starting spot. However, now he faces another challenge for he developed a sore arm in the Arizona Fall League and has been sidelined indefinitely. Otherwise, he might even rank higher in the Dodger long-range plans.

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