Eduardo Perez-- Prospect #46

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

Position- Third Base, First Base
Residence- Boruta, Ven.
DOB- Aug. 30, 1984
Ht.- 6-1
Wt.- 175
B/T- S/R
05 Clubs- GCL Dodgers (Rookie), Columbus (Low A), Jacksonville (AA)

Eduardo Perez could have made it out of Caribbean ball in 2004. He was in the extended camp at Dodgertown and looked ready but there were no work visa spots available so he had to be sent back to the Dominican Summer League for another season.

He did well there, leading the North Division in hitting (.348) and in 2005, he came over, not only to stay but to prosper.

Playing in the Gulf Coast League, Perez led the hitters in just about all important statistical departments. He was the league leader in average (.352), RBI (37), hits (63) total bases (99), and slugging while finishing second in doubles (16) and third in home runs (6) and on-base percentage (.415).

Somehow he was left off the list of the league's top prospects which can probably be attributed to the fact that he was only seen by the four managers in his division and carried no particular reputation into the season.

At his current rate, though, he'll earn some notoriety. He has a short, quick stroke that generates power. He's tough to fool at the plate and runs well.

Stationed at third for the most part, he did play some first and was used there exclusively in the fall Instructional League. In 2006, he'll probably start the year in Ogden although he may make the Columbus squad.

Previous selections:
#47 --- RHP James McDonald
#48 -- OF Brian Myrow
#49 -- LHP Danny Muegge
#50 -- RHP Miguel Ramirez
#51 -- OF Ryan Carter
#52 -- RHP Casey Hoorelbeke
#53 -- OF Trayvon Robinson
#54 -- RHP Ramon Troncoso