OF Cody Ross -- Prospect #31

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

Position- Outfield
Residence-Carlsbad, N.M.
DOB- Dec. 23, 1980
Ht. -5-11
Wt- 180
05 Clubs -Las Vegas (AAA), Los Angeles (National)

Cody generally did not advance his cause in 2005. True, he made it up to the Dodgers but only briefly and not impressively (.160-0-4).

His average at Las Vegas fell to .267 and only a power surge in the final months saved it as he wound up tied for the club lead in home runs with 22, a personal best.

That didn't earn him a September call-up although it did gain him a spot on the 40-man roster.

He was obtained from the Tigers in 2004 (in a trade for Steve Colyer) with the hope that he'd be at the very least a valuable spare in the outfield.

He had played impressively for Detroit in another cameo appearance, is noted for his hustle and is above average in the field with a strong arm.

However, injuries have plagued him throughout his career and now his chief booster, Paul DePodesta, has departed.

Jason Repko pushed past him last year and the switching of Delwyn Young to the outfield plus the trade for Andre Ethier hardly helps his cause. At this time, he seems a long shot to make the big club as a reserve.

Only a return to his old form will make a difference.

Previous Selections--
#32 -- RHP Josh Wall
#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