Dodger Prospect # 10 Ivan DeJesus, Jr.

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

Name- IVAN DEJESUS, JR.
Position- Shortstop
Residence- Guaynabo, P.R.
DOB- May 1, 1987
B/T- R/R
How Obtained- Drafted in second round 2005
06 Club- Columbus (South Atlantic)

   The Dodgers have been doing well drafting the sons of former big leaguers. There's Preston Mattingly, son of Don; Steve Johnson, son of Dave; and Scott Van Slyke, son of Andy, all among the better prospects acquired. Now, here's another who might well be the best of the lot.

  Ivan, Sr. spent a lot of time in the big leagues as a player, has been a minor league manager and now will coach for the Cubs. He's schooled his son well for Ivan, Jr. knows the game and uses his skills wisely. He's a shortstop like dad where he has excellent reflexes, good hands and an adequate arm. He positions himself well.

  Senior was never a man at the plate to make pitchers quake but Junior might outdo that. He seems to be an ideal man for the second slot in the batting order. He battles pitchers working for a delivery he can drive, moves the ball around and doesn't get fooled often. He's a slap hitter, batting .277 for Columbus last year but had only one home run for he's certainly not a power guy. He's only average on the bases.

  He's growing into the professional game rapidly and should wind up sticking around at the highest level for a long period just as his father did. He's expected to play 2007 at high A Inland Empire.

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