RHP Josh Wall -- Prospect #32

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

Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Baton Rouge, La.
DOB- Jan 21, 1987
Ht.- 6-6
Wt.- 190
B/T- R/R
05 Club- GCL Dodgers (Rookie)

For the second time in as many years the Dodgers went to the Baton Rouge area for a pitcher in the second round of the draft. Blake Johnson (2004) seems to be turning out nicely and the hope is that 2005's pick, Josh Wall, can do likewise.

His debut stats in the Gulf Coast League are not impressive (1-3, 3.86, only five strikeouts in 14 innings) but he had some hard luck (throwing a one-hitter for five innings only to lose), then was bothered by a tired arm so was shut down.

However, there's a strong upside to this player. His fast ball generally sits in the 88-90 range but he has room for added pounds and strength on his frame that should add flame here.

His curve sweeps across and is very effective against right-handed hitters and he already has a good straight change.

In high school he was a power hitter with 19 home runs as a senior but there's no thought of turning him into a first baseman, ala James Loney.

With rest and rehab this winter, he should be ready to go in the spring and should make it to Ogden this year.

Previous Selections--
#33 -- SS Juan Rivera
#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