Dodger Prospect #3 Scott Elbert 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- Seneca, Mo.
DOB- Aug. 13, 1985
Ht- 6-2
Wt- 190
B/ T- L/L
How Obtained- Drafted in first round 2004
06 Clubs- Vero Beach (Florida State), Jacksonville (Southern)

   When a running back leads his state in rushing yardage and touchdowns as a junior you just know he's picking out the college where he'll play. Instead, Elbert gave up the sport entirely in his senior year to concentrate on baseball. He's that good on the mound. In truth there may be not a better lefthanded prospect in the minors.

   His low 90's fast ball has great movement. His curve is a killer. Florida State hitters managed only a feeble .193 against him; those in the Southern actually fared worse with a .187 mark. Lefthanders couldn't hit .150 against him. In 146 innings, he struck out l73 batters.

   But we have a problem, though. Its that often his pitches sail into areas he didn't plan on. He's averaged over four walks a game as a pro, and over six in AA. He'll get behind on counts often and sometimes will try to throw the perfect pitch with batters zoning in. Home runs can result. He threw 15 in 2006 (while walking 85).

   So, he has the stuff to be a front of the rotation starter in the big leagues but honing in on the plate will be the factor that may hold him down longer. He goes to spring training as a non-roster addition to the major league camp but will probably start the year in AA. He could move up very quickly though for he's another who could be far, far better than ordinary once he arrives.

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