#10- Greg Miller, lhp. Still coming back from shoulder surgery that forced him to alter his pitching slot, he began the year in great style at Jacksonville. Used exclusively in relief throughout, he won his only decision, had a 0.79 ERA after 11 games in which he struck out 24 in just 12 innings. Moved quickly up to Las Vegas where he registered 95-96 on the gun with regularity but suffered bad control lapses. In 37 innings he walked 33 while striking out 32. Although his record was 4-0, his ERA was 4.38 (not all that bad in Las Vegas.).
#9- Jonathan Broxton, rhp. He wasted little time leaving Las Vegas for after not allowing an earned run in 11 innings he was whisked off to L.A. and has never looked back. Used as a set-up man he has a 3-1 mark with a 2.75 ERA. Occasionally, he'll close (three saves) and that may well be his role in the future. National League hitters have managed only a .221 average against him as he throws a biting slider in addition to his upper 90's heat.
#8- Blake DeWitt, 2b/3b. Used primarily at second in Vero Beach, he alternated hot and cold streaks at the plate. His power numbers went up as his 18 home runs and 61 RBI led the team but his average declined somewhat to .268. He was voted on the Florida State League All-Star team, the only player from Vero to make it. Brought up to Jacksonville, he returned to his old position at third base for the most part but never really got with it at bat, managing only a .183 average with a single home run.
#7- James Loney, 1b. He spent the year commuting between the Dodgers and Las Vegas. He got in enough time in the Pacific Coast League to qualify for the batting title and his .380 mark led all the minors. He ripped eight home runs, a total many will deride for scoffing at his power has always had some critics carping. He plays a superb first base and is adding the outfield to his resume to make him more desirable up on top. With the Dodgers he's averaged .256 with one homer, hitting much better on his latest arrival than he did before. The organization just named him minor league Player of the Year.
#6- Matt Kemp, of. Perhaps no player in the system has advanced his status more this year than Kemp who has displayed talents that mark him as potential five-tool stud when he settles in The Show fulltime. He began at Jacksonville where he pounded out a .327-7-34 record that carried him all the way to L.A. He did fine for awhile there, too, but pitchers started exploiting his tendencies to chase balls out of the strike zone so he was dropped back to Vegas. There he was on the attack once more with a .366-3-36 record. He's back up in L.A. now with a major league mark of .259-7-23 going into the final week.
Prospect Review - No. 5
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