RHP Jordan Pratt-- Prospect #43

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

Position- Relief Pitcher
Res- Monmouth, OR
DOB- May 17, 1985
B/T- R/R
05 Clubs- Ogden (Rookie), Columbus (Low A)

In the spring there was discussion about the possibility of releasing Pratt. After all, some reasoned, he had two years in which he had managed only a 2-15, 8.62 record. Hardly the sort of progress one expected from a player drafted in the fifth round in 2003.

Others argued, though, that here was a kid with good natural stuff, who was quite intelligent and who had been thrown in over his head at the start. Keep him and see what develops, they insisted.

The "ayes" won out over the nay-sayers and the Dodgers are glad they did for Pratt made considerable progress during the 2005 season. His fast ball pumped up to 96 (even hitting 97 in the Instructional League), his curve tightened and his pitching awareness developed nicely.

Prone to giving up the long ball in the past, he yielded only one this year. Converted to middle relief, he threw some strong innings in his third stop at Ogden (2-2, 3.25) then was promoted to Columbus.

After an initial bad outing (the one homer occurred then), he settled in and finished strongly with his 0-1, 6.06 mark mostly the result of that first effort. South Atlantic League batters managed only a .213 mark against him while he struck out 48 batters in 44 innings overall.

He thrived on the challenge of coming out of the bullpen but going back to starting might occur be in the future. His upside looks strong now and he could be in Vero Beach in 2006.

Previous selections:
#45 -- OF Sergio Pedroza
#46 -- 1b-1B Eduardo Perez
#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