A Look at Second Base Candidates

Second in a series as we examine the teams in the Dodger system by position.

Knowing that the genuine second base prospects in the Dodger system are a bit further away than at some other positions, the Dodgers recently protected themselves by signing Jeff Kent through the 2007 season at least.

At Las Vegas, for instance, the job there will probably go to Willie Aybar, who would prefer third, but who is very capable in the middle. Oscar Robles and Wilson Valdez, for whom they just traded, are also adept there as well. None, though, is viewed as more than a fill-in at the big league level.

Tony Abreu, who led the Florida State League with a .337 average and then moved up to Jacksonville, will begin the season with the Suns. He's certainly one of the better hopefuls at second but the one being counted on the most is Blake DeWitt, who will play both there as well as third for Vero Beach.

Last year, stationed entirely at third, he played most of the season at Columbus (.283-11-65) before finishing the year at Vero (.491 in eight games). Travis Denker will alternate with him at the two infield spots.

Jesus Soto, who hit a solid .280-6-28 for Ogden and who had a sparkling spring, moves up to Columbus. That leaves Adolfo Gonzalez (.286 with the Gulf Coast Dodgers) in the extended camp with Shane Justis and Parker Brooks.

Brandon Carter, who hit only .221 while alternating in the Columbus lineup, is currently on the disabled list.

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