Ramon Troncoso -- Prospect #54

First in a series on the top prospects in the Dodger organization as we start the countdown to the very best.

Position- Relief Pitcher Residence- San Jose deOcoa, D.R. DOB- Feb. 16, 1983 Ht.- 6-7 Wt.-187 B/T- R/R 05 Clubs -Columbus (low A), Ogden (Rookie)

An extremely imposing figure on the mound, Troncoso has a fastball to match that. After two seasons in the Dominican Summer League, he came over for spring training here where he was impressive enough to be placed in the Columbus starting rotation.

That didn't work out (0-2, 6.69) so he was dropped back to Ogden and put in the bullpen. Here, he found a home. As the closer for the Raptors, he led all Dodger short-season pitchers in saves (13) as well as games (29) He was 6-2, 3.68, demonstrating that he could work often and effectively.

Relying for the most part on going right after hitters with heat, he struck out 30 in 36.2 innings.

Plans are to keep him as a short man out of the pen with a return to Columbus his likely first stop in 2006. This time, he seems ready to compete at that level and, perhaps, even beyond.