Prospect Review - No. 3

Before the start of the season, rated 54 players in the Dodger system whom we felt were worthy of prospect status. Now it's time to see how each fared. The review continues with a countdown from No. 30 to No. 21:

#30-Chris Malone, rhp. His actions were labored and the results weren't pretty at Vero Beach (3-6, 6.02). Finally had to be shutdown and elbow surgery ensued.

#29- Jamie Hoffmann, of. A very uneven season as he went up and down through the Vero Beach batting order and never did settle in for very long. Hit .252-5-29. Played a very good center field, though.

#28- Justin Ruggiano, of. Never did hit the way he had in 2005. His marks at Jacksonville were .260-9-45. Traded to Tampa Bay which moved him across the Southern League to Montgomery where he was much better, hitting .333.

#27- Ryan Ketchner. He's battled adversity throughout his career and he did so again, coming back from Tommy John surgery. After six scoreless innings rehabbing in the Gulf Coast League, he moved to Vero Beach, pitched well (2-1, 1.15) and wound up in one game at Las Vegas.

#26- Anthony Raglani, of. Wasn't doing all that well at Jacksonville so was dropped back to Vero Beach where he quickly recovered to hit .317. Back up to Jacksonville but, again, didn't really break out- .244-7-40.

#25- Ivan DeJesus, Jr., ss. Played very proficiently at Columbus, hitting .277-1-44 and doing nicely at shortstop.

#24- Derek Thompson, lhp. The oft-injured Thompson was out again; this time an elbow operation cost him the entire season.

#23- Travis Denker, 2b. A generally disappointing year. Hit only .270-5-25 at Vero Beach (where he was used at third), sent down to Columbus Hit the long ball (11 homers, 45 RBI) but his average was down from last year (.268).

#22- Cory Dunlap, 1b. The enigmatic Dunlap reported overweight, was banished to the extended camp and emerged to double his previous home run best, hitting 14, showed excellent strike zone judgment, collecting 88 walks for a .435 on-base percentage but still managed to hit only .261.

#21- Jose "Jumbo" Diaz, rhp. For the second time in his career had elbow miseries which caused an alarming drop in his velocity from the former 99 mph he used to generate. Tried to battle through it, was 0-1, 3.46 at Jacksonville, then was hit hard at Vero Beach (0-1, 5.27) so was put in rehab again.

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