Name-JAMES ZELL MCDONALD
Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Long Beach, Cal.
DOB- Oct. 19, 1984
How Obtained- Drafted in the 11th round 2002
06 Club- Columbus (South Atlantic)
Originally drafted as a first baseman, signed as a draft-and-follow pitcher, tried as an outfielder, McDonald has been moving around in his career but seems definitely to have found himself on the mound.
He pitched in his first year (2003) but developed tendinitis so was moved to the outfield because they had liked his bat as an amateur. It never did come around , though, but his arm did so it was back to pitching in late 2005.
. This past season, he was uneven at the beginning and often the victim of poor run support when he was right. The last month he started throwing superbly.
His last two starts were shutouts- a one-hitter followed by a three-hitter. He wound up a deceptive 5-10 but had a respectable 3.98 ERA, struck out 146 batters in 142.1 innings and held them down to a .229 mark.
McDonald possesses a fast ball that is reaching into the mid-90's plus an excellent sharp curve. He has an ideal frame for a power pitcher. He's very athletic, starred basketball in high school and his father was a hoop standout as USC and played in the NFL.
Now that he's secure as a pitcher, he's developed the consistency he lacked before and definitely is a sleeper to be reckoned with. He should start for Inland Empire in the California League in 2007.
Dodger Prospect #33 - James McDonald
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