Chris Malone -- Prospect #30

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

Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Riverbank, Cal.
DOB- June 28, 1983
Ht.- 6-4
B/T- R/R
05 Club- Columbus (Low A)

Malone was one of the better Dodger newcomers this past season.

He had been ignored in the draft while pitching for San Joaquin Delta Junior College so went to the Alaskan Summer League where he did very well, was spotted by Dodger scout Tim Hallgren, then signed late in the summer of 2004.

He skipped the normal rookie league indoctrination, started the year in the Columbus bullpen but quickly made his way to the starting rotation where he became part of an effective trio along with Scott Elbert and Blake Johnson, winding up with a 9-7, 3.88 record which included 127 strikeouts in 131 innings.

Malone has an 88-92 mph fast ball, a sharp curve and a very effective changeup. In the fall Instructional League, he added a sinker and is expected to put that in his arsenal as well.

He's an intelligent student of the art of pitching, competitive and has good command. He may not be among the more touted pitchers but he's not far behind.

He should pitch for Vero Beach in 2006.

Previous Selections--
#31 -- OF Cody Ross
#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