Name- JAMES ANTHONY LONEY
Position- First Base
Residence- Missouri City, Tex.
DOB- May 7, 1984
B/ T- L/L
How Obtained- Drafted in first round 2002
06 Clubs- Las Vegas (Pacific Coast), Los Angeles (National)
Loney was the first draft choice of the Logan White era of scouting and he
certainly looks like one of the best. He broke in with gusto, had injury
problems but still moved forward and last season conquered the minors with the
ease of Ghenghis Khan as his .380 average topped them all.
He has a sweet swing that travels through the zone quickly. He has the plate
discipline and power to spray the ball to all fields. He pressed when first
brought up but when he came back up again was much more confident and it showed
with some strong efforts including that memorable nine RBI splurge at Colorado.
The knock on him has always been that he lacked true power. Last season he
racked up eight homers at Vegas which added to the skeptics' derision, then
produced four more on the major league level.
He definitely has the size and
strength to rip the ball out but his swing is not one that provides lift and
he's gotten himself into slumps when he tried to alter it to silence the
doubters. His admirers- and they are growing in number- say he'll eventually hit
upwards of 25 or so in the bigs.
He's also one of the slicker first basemen around, handling the glove as well
as anyone. He's also learned the outfield in order to provide another area to
get that bat into the lineup
The question is where?
The re-signing of Nomar
blocks him at first although given Garciaparra's increasing fragility, he could
be used as a very capable replacement there. The signing of Luis Gonzalez seems
to prevent his being taken seriously in right. Besides you're wasting that
golden glove if you play him out there.
He's done all he can in the minors so shouldn't be going back. He may have to
bide his time on the bench until someone falters or is injured. If he gets into
the lineup on a daily basis, he has the ability to stay there for a long time.
Dodger Prospect #4 James Loney
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