Dodger Prospect Corey Dunlap

45th in a series as we count down among the top Dodger prospects.

Position- First Base
Residence- Alameda, Cal.
DOB-Apr. 13, 1984
B/T- L-L
04 Club -Ogden (Rookie)

When Cory Dunlap hit over .300 at Contra Costa Junior College in 2003 and went undrafted he had only to look down at his considerable middle to know why. With his belly spilling over his belt buckle, he looked far more like a candidate for the NFL as a defensive lineman than a baseball player.

So, he went on a rigid diet and consitioning program, lost 70 pounds, led all California juco's in hiting with a .523 average and wound up as the Dodgers' third-round pick in the June 2004 draft.
As a pro he kept right on htting -- racking up a .351 mark at Ogden while demonstarting a great get-on ability, walking a league-high 68 times while striking out only 40. His .492 on-base percentage was also a league best and couplked that with flashes of power as he sent seven out of the park.

He still has a body that's soft around the middle but he gets to pitches with a flat, smooth stroke that sprays the ball to every field. He shows signs of being able to generate 20 or more homers on higher levels.

He looks like Tony Gwynn and his hitting style reminds yout of him, too. He's an average first baseman at best and doesn't seem to have the arm that would allow him to play outfield. In 2005 he's candidate to skip low A and move up top Vero Beach .