Prospect #45- Jamie Hoffmann

LAdugout is taking a look at the top prospects in the Dodger system. Here's another as we count down to the very best.

Name- JAMIE RICHARD HOFFMANN
Position- Outfield
Residence- New Ulm, Minn.
DOB- Aug. 20, 1984
Ht- 6-3
Wt- 205
B/T- R/R
How Obtained- Signed as a free agent 2003
06 Club- Vero Beach (Florida State)

For the first time in his three minor league seasons, Hoffmann failed to hit .300. In fact, he didn't come close, batting only .252 for Vero Beach. There were times when he looked like he was getting locked in only to be followed by stretches when he failed to produce much of anything at the plate.

A former top-notch hockey prospect who was drafted by the Carolina Panthers, he was AAA Player of the Year in Minnesota his senior year in high school but wasn't drafted because of the thought that he was bound to pursue the ice sport.

The Dodgers picked him up after seeing him play American Legion ball over the summer. He was a third baseman then but has since been converted to center field where he plays very well. He runs excellent routes and gets good jumps on fly balls. He also has a strong arm.

Although he has good size, his game is more geared to running rather than power. He hit only five homers this past year.

He's deceptively fast so they like him hitting at the top of the order but his strikeout walk rate (94 to 35) had him dropped to eighth in the Vero lineup most of 2006. He has a quick line drive stroke but needs work on pitch recognition.

He'll probably get a shot at Jacksonville in 2007 but may need to start the year in high A again to see if he can regain the slashing style that projected him upwards in his first two seasons.

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