SS Juan Rivera -- Prospect #33

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

Position- Shortstop
Residence- San Pedro deMacoris, D.R.
DOB- March 17, 1987
Ht- 6-0
B/T- S/R
05 Club- Ogden (Rookie)

There is little question that Rivera seems like a natural shortstop. He is quick, covers ground very well, can make the throw from deep in the hole in fine fashion, has good hand-eye coordination.

The problem is whether he will ever sting the ball with a bat in his hands. He's filled out from his rookie year thus drives it into the gaps better, hit his first home run and upped his average to .251.

There's more that needs to be done in this department, though.

If he can get stronger and apply his knowledge as he grows, he's a threat to make it all the way. A muscle strain in his leg cost him some time but he came back for the playoffs .

Signed for a $400,000 bonus in 2003, he debuted the next year so he's been playing against some good competition at a tender age.

He should make it up to Columbus in 2006.

Previous Selections--
#34 -- RHP Steve Johnson

#35 -- SS Scott Van Slyke
#36 -- OF John Melon
#37 -- LHP Brent Leach
#38 -- RHP Jesus Castillo
#39 -- LHP Eric Stults

#40 -- OF Xavier Paul
#41 -- LHP Miguel Sanfler
#42 -- 3B Josh Bell
#43 -- RHP Jordan Pratt
#44 -- OF Sergio Pedroza

#45 -- RHP Julio Pimentel
#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

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