Dodger Prospect #32 - Cory Dunlap

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Name- CORY L. DUNLAP
Position- First Base
Residence- Alameda, Cal.
DOB- April 13, 1984
Ht- 6-1
Wt- 240
B/T- L/L
How Obtained- Drafted in third round 2004
06 Clubs- Vero Beach (Florida State), Las Vegas (Pacific Coast)

For the second season Dunlap has fallen down on the charts after his impressive debut in 2004. This year he reported looking like he'd spent the winter training at Pizza Hut so was in disfavor while he sweated off some pounds and spent a second summer at Vero Beach when most of his 2005 teammates had moved up.

He's still not out of sight yet though because he has some assets, notably a keen judgment of the strike zone. He drew 88 walks in 2006 to compile a .435 on-base percentage.

Impressive but there's a flip side for the club would rather he would drive the ball somewhere instead of strolling to first so much. He's anything but a base threat since he's on the ponderous side.

He did up his home run output to 14 but managed only a .261 mark for Vero. He did little better in the Hawaii Winter League hitting .262 with two home runs.

He has a short stroke and, as noted, usually gets the bat on the ball when he decides to swing. In the field , he's well below average with little range and a suspect glove.

Cory should move up to Jacksonville this year where he'll have to ratchet up his hit total to stay a prospect.

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