Dodger Prospect #31- Javy Guerra

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

Name- Luis Javier Guerra
Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Denton, Tex.
DOB- Oct. 21, 1985
Ht- 6-1
Wt-185
B/T- R/R
How Obtained - Drafted in fourth round 2004
06 Club- Ogden (Pioneer)

Javy Guerra is another alum of the Jobe-Kerlan Clinic's Tommy John surgery group. He went down after 11 games at Columbis in 2005 and didn't get back on the mound until the middle of last summer.

He began well at Ogden but, as is so often the case, ran into some snags . He finished there at 1-3, 4.82 and it wasn't until he got into the Arizona Instructional League that he began throwing the way he's capable of.

It was the second time Guerra has had to overcome an obstacle. The first was his pitching motion developed in high school which saw him projecting forward off the mound on every throw. That won't do in the pros and scouts backed off some even though he was touching 98.

He probably would have been at least a second-round choice but lasted till the fourth in 2004 when the Dodgers took a chance feeling they could correct him. That they did only to have the arm trouble enter the picture.

He seems to be right now though, throwing in the mid-90's with a new easy motion. He's also sharpening his curve considerably. If he's truly beyond the rough patch he could pitch at either Great Lakes or Inland Empire in 2007.

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