Danny Muegge -- Prospect #49

Sixth in a series on top Dodger prospects as we count down to the very best.

Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence-Brenham, Tex.
DOB- March 6, 1981
Ht.- 6-5
B/T- L/R
05 Club- Vero Beach (High A)

Muegge is a product of the University of Texas pitching factory but unlike fellow alum Roger Clemens, he doesn't blow the ball by people. Rather, he uses control and pitching knowledge, varying speeds and location to upset the hitter's timing.

He won't impress you at first -- he was only a 19th round draft choice of Arizona in 2003 -- but when he's on his game, he simply gets outs.

He won 14 in low A for the Diamondbacks, then came to the Dodgers in January 2005 as part of a package for Shawn Green.

He wasn't in the Vero Beach rotation for the first half of the season, either, only making it when Justin Orenduff was promoted midway through the season.

Then he came on strongly and, in many ways, was the most effective starter for his team over the second half. He wound up pitching the most innings on the staff (127.2) finishing 8-2, 3.38.

Let him be off just a little and he can be hammered because he doesn't have the heat to overpower people but he's deceptive- and, more often than not -- very effective. He'll challenge for a spot in Jacksonville in 2006.

Previous selections:
#50 -- RHP Miguel Ramirez #51 -- OF Ryan Carter
#52 -- RHP Casey Hoorelbeke
#53 -- OF Trayvon Robinson
#54 -- RHP Ramon Troncoso }