Dodger Prospect #11 - Scott Elbert

Today we continue our countdown among the top prospects in the Dodger system.


Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Seneca, Mo.
DOB- May 13, 1985
B/T- L-L
04 Club- Ogden (Rookie)

Scott Elbert's dedication to becoming a first-rate baseball player can be shown by the fact that although he led the state of Missouri in rushing yardage as a running back in his junior year, he gave up football entirely as a senior to concentrate on the diamond. The Dodgers made him their first selection (17th overall) in the June 2004 draft.

His season was hardly imposing record-wise 2-3, 5.26. He did, however, strike out 45 batters in 50 innings. His problems seemed to occur when he abandoned his normally aggressive style to nibble, getting behind in the count far too often. Bt the end of the season, though, he was starting to learn that he had more than enough stuff to conquer older, more experienced players, getting his fast ball up to the mid-90's and improving his slider considerably. He works out of a loose, easy motion with plenty of run and sink on his fast ball.

In all, it looks like he has all that it takes to make rapid strides -- the physical ability, aggressive nature and work ethic plus the intelligence to profit from the hard lessons learned. He'll probably start 2005 at Columbus.