Dodger Prospect #17 Mike Megrew is currently taking a look at the top prospects in the Dodger system. Here's another as we count down to the very best.

Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Hope Valley, R. I.
DOB- Jan. 29, 1984
Ht- 6-6
Wt- 210
B/T- L/L
How Obtained- Drafted in the fifth round 2002
06 Club- Vero Beach (Florida State)

At the end of the 2005 season Megrew was left unprotected in the Rule 5 draft, a decision that spawned controversy among some of the Dodger front office personnel. It was made, reasoned those who called the shots, because he was coming back from Tommy John surgery and had performed not at all well when he returned (two losses with a 20.35 ERA).

The Marlins remembered how he thrown before the operation, though, so chose him anyway. However, he was still not ready to get back out there in the spring of 2006 so they first stashed him on the disabled list, then finally had to return him to the Dodgers who placed him in the extended spring camp until, at last, he was ready for action.

His performances were predictably uneven but he finished well, going 2-3, 3.52. This time he was protected on the 40-man roster.

Megrew often pitches in the reverse of norm, using his fast ball, which is about average at 88-90 mph, to set up his other pitches. He has an effective slider and a nasty changeup that fades away as it arrives. It's just about the best in the organization. He had control problems upon return but pitches very intelligently and battles on every delivery.

He should make it up to Jacksonville to start 2007. By the way,those who risked losing him aren't in the organization anymore. 

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