SS Chin-Lung Hu -- Prospect #16

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

Position- Shortstop
Residence- Taiwan City, Taiwan
DOB- Feb. 2, 1984
05 Club- Vero Beach (High A)

It's been almost three years since the Dodgers ventured into the Asian amateur ranks to sign a player but the last one they grabbed may turn out to be a very good one for sure. Hu is the best pure shortstop in the organization's minor leagues, one who has the quickness and smooth actions to get to balls either up the middle or in the hole, plus excellent hand-eye actions, an arm that can gun down a runner from deep in the hole and a smoothness on the double play.

Although diminutive, he's very much a presence at the plate, with gap power as demonstrated by his 29 doubles and eight home runs while hitting .313 for Vero in 2005. He picks up the nuances of the game as he moves upward and just keeps getting better at it. His biggest problem is a possible draft call-up for Taiwan has compulsory military service and he owes them two years.

He avoided it last fall by playing for the national team in the World Cup and is currently on the roster for the upcoming World Classic, still hoping for an exemption. If not called to active duty, he'll be playing for Jacksonville in 2006.

Previous Selections
#17 -- 2B-3B Willie Aybar
#18 -- RHP Blake Johnson
#19 -- LHP Tim Hamulak

#20 -- RHP Frankelis Osoria
#21 -- RHP Jose Diaz
#22 -- 1B Cory Dunlap
#23 -- 2B Travis Denker
#24 -- LHP Derek Thompson

#25 -- SS Ivan DeJesus
#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