Dodger Prospect # 9 Tony Abreu

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Name- ESTANISLAO TONI ABREU
Position- Second Base
Residence- Puerta Plata, D.R.
DOB- Nov. 13, 1984
Ht- 5-9
Wt- 170
B/T- S/R
How Obtained- Signed as a free agent 2002
06 Club- Jacksonville  (Southern)

    The days of the middle infielders who can make their way to the big leagues with their gloves are gone. They want them to carry big bats as well and Abreu fits that description. He led the Florida State League in hitting in 2005 and last year had a solid season at Jacksonville where he hit .287 with five home runs. He followed that with very good numbers playing winter ball in the Dominican, rapping out a .365 mark while helping to lead Aguilas into the Caribbean Series.

   He may look smallish but he's strong enough to turn on fast balls. He probably won't produce home runs in double figures when he makes it to the bigtime but he can spray the ball to all fields consistently. Like most kids from the islands he comes to the plate to hit so he's hacking up there. He reads pitchers well, has a good level swing but can work his way into slumps by overtrying at times. He's okay on the bases without being a burner.

   In the field he has good handsand excellent reactions. He's teamed with Chin-Lung Hu to form a smooth double play combination for three seasons now and may well do so for a third. His arm is good enough to play short and he's even tried third in winter ball.

   He should continue his move upward in 2007 playing at Las Vegas and may well be in Los Angeles before the season finishes.

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