1B Cory Dunlap -- Prospect #24

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

Position- First Base
Residence- Alameda, Cal.
DOB- April 13, 1984
Ht.- 6-1
Wt- 230
B/T- L/L
05 Club- Vero Beach (High A)

Some of the glow that Dunlap created in his first year dulled in 2004. There were certainly stretches where he hit with the authority he had displayed as a rookie but there were also those where he did not. His final marks weren't at all bad- .291-7-77 although he didn't display the on-base penchant he had previously.

The main trouble, though, seems to be a weight problem. He nobly conquered it before when as a freshman at Contra Costa Community College he ballooned up to close to 300 pounds. A strict diet-exercise regimen pared some 80 pounds off, he led the California junior colleges in hitting with a .523 mark and L.A. chose him in the third round of the 2003 draft. However, he seems to have lapsed since then.

He's listed at 205 pounds officially but don't you believe it. He weighs at least 30 pounds more than that and it's slowed him up. Certainly in the field he displayed neither the desired range nor the agility required.

At the plate when he's right he has a nice line-drive stroke. In batting practice he's put on power displays but that hasn't been transformed onto the field of play yet.

What he needs to do is get his weight down about 20 pounds and convert some of it to muscle. He'll always have to watch his tendency to put on pounds and will probably always look like Tony Gwynn at age 35 but he has the proper approach and style to be a hitter of note if he applies himself diligently. He should move up to Jacksonville in 2006. --Bill Shelley

Previous Selections--
#25 -- SS Ivan DeJesus, Jr.
#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