SS Ivan DeJesus, Jr. -- Prospect #25

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

Position- Shortstop
Residence- Santurce, PR
Ht- 5-11
Wt.- 182
B/T- R/R
05 Clubs- GCL Dodgers (Rookie), Ogden (Rookie)

Position- Shortstop
Residence- Santurce, PR
Ht- 5-11
B/T- R/R
05 Clubs- GCL Dodgers (Rookie), Ogden (Rookie)

With Luke Hochevar unsigned, DeJesus is the top 2005 draft choice in the fold, having been taken with the second round slot Seattle forfeited for signing Adrian Beltré, and he may turn out to be the best overall.

Certainly, he had a promising beginning.

His father, Ivan, Sr, was a longtime big league shortstop and is now a minor league manager and the schooling he gave his offspring shows.

This version positions himself well, possesses sure hands and quick feet with the range to stay at the position .

Some doubted his arm strength but he's made adjustments there and while he'll never wow you with his arm, he can make the necessary throws.

At bat, he thinks line drives and that's what he produces with a quick, level swing. His power is the gap type and probably will always be although he likely will add strength for he's still maturing.

He hit very well in the Gulf Coast League (342-0-10), and started hot with Ogden although he cooled off (.208-0-3). He'll probably return to Ogden to start 2006.
Previous Selections--
#26 -- OF John Raglani
#27 -- LHP Ryan Ketchner
#28 -- OF Justin Ruggiano
#29 -- OF Jamie Hoffman

#30 -- RHP Chris Malone
#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