Dodger Minor League Outfield Candidates

Fifth in a series as we take a look at the Dodger farm teams by position.

When it comes to the outfield every Dodger farm team seems particularly well-stocked, some with premium prospects.

At Las Vegas, the switch of both Joel Guzman and Delwyn Young has created an interested dilemma for both have been used in left and you just know that manager Jerry Royster wants the pair in the lineups as much as he can. Use of the DH will help and so will trying Guzman at first and third. They also have the 2005 Texas League Player of the Year, Andre Ethier for the other corner and Jeff Duncan, a free agent pickup with plenty of speed to play center. Duncan, who came up with the Mets in 03-04, will add zip to the top of the lineup. Also, there's Jon Weber, .300-11-68 at Jacksonville. Tydus Meadows, who hit 15 home runs for that same team, opens the season on the disabled list.

Jacksonville features Matt Kemp, who set the Vero Beach home run record with 27 while batting .306. He's a five-tool prospect just coming into his own. Then, there's Anthony Raglani, the organization's Rookie of the Year in 2005 when he hit .289 with 19 home runs for Vero Beach, along with Justin Ruggiano, who hit .310 for Vero Beach, then moved up to Jacksonville to hit .342. They're backed by the swift veteran Wilkin Ruan, who returns to the organization as a free agent.

Vero Beach has Jamie Hoffmann, who began 2005 at Columbus where he hit .308, then came up to Vero and hit .241. He's another who runs very well. Ryan Carter came from over a year of re-habbing an arm operation to impress with a .281-14-44 mark in just 60 games at Columbus. Xavier Paul returns at a crucial stage in his career his early promise has been blighted by two off-seasons. Plagued by back and eye problems, he managed only a .247-7-41 record in 2005. Ryan Russ , who hit .278-8-49 at Columbus, is in reserve.

Columbus also has a blend of speed and power. Adam Godwin was the NCAA stolen base champion and hit .310 for Ogden in his debut. Sergio Pedroza was a 2005 third-round draft choice who hit .500 in 12 games at Ogden before being brought here where he ripped a dozen homers. Luke May was moved from short to the outfield here last year but then suffered a hernia and was shelved for the rest of the season after falling off to a .229 year. Drew Locke sent 13 shots out of the yard in his initial season at Ogden.

That leaves the organization's two fastest men, Jovanny Rosario and Tray Robinson in the extended camp. Rosario is over from the Dominican League where he hit .318 while Robinson hit .296 for the Gulf Coast Dodgers. Two who played for Ogden and who didn't make the Columbus roster - B. J. Richmond and Derry Jackson- are there as well as the intriguing Scott Van Slyke (.282 in the Gulf Coast League), Eloy Gutierrez, a Mexican who can fly along with Jeremy Brown and Jesus Mora, both of whom were on the GCL Dodgers and rookie Ryan Rogowski, who was the MVP of the Northwoods collegiate summer league before signing.