20- Eric Stults, lhp. His record at Las Vegas was hardly impressive- 5-7, 7.56 but he's a much better pitcher than that which he's demonstrated in the major league opportunities he's had. He still could be a fourth-fifth starter in a big league rotation.
19- Steve Johnson, rhp. Spent a great deal of the season trying to get over a
shoulder ailment that bothered him a great deal. No operation was necessary and
when he did get back toward the end of the season he pitched well at times. His
record was 3-6, 4.85 but most of the bad things that happened were early when he
wasn't physically sound.
18- Chin-lung Hu, ss. Entered the season with a lot of doubters wondering if
he'd ever hit in the higher minors. Nobody raises that question anymore. Consigned to Jacksonville again he more than proved himself with a 329-6-34 performance that put him on the All-Star team and got him up to Las Vegas where he hit .318 with eight homers. He does everything in the field well and runs the bases with verve. He's now up in the big leagues, something he's more than
17- Mike Megrew, lhp. Was still bothered by the elbow problems that have
severely crimped his advancement. When right, uses a high 80's fast ball to set
up his excellent change. Was only 6-6, 5.30 with Jacksonville.
16-- Preston Mattingly, 2b. It was a year-long struggle for him at Great
Lakes where his inexperience showed. He managed only .210 with three home runs.
He did steal 16 bases and tied for the organizational lead in triples. . He has
the physical skills but it's going to take time. Moved from short to second;
still, may wind up in the outfield.
15- Bryan Morris, rhp. Spent the summer rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Is
about 80 percent back now and the plan is to get him some mound time in the
14- Justin Orenduff, rhp. Came back from shoulder surgery and started slowly
then came on to demonstrate that he has what it takes to be a factor. Was 8-5, 4.21 with Jacksonville with 113 strikeouts in 109 innings.
13- Josh Bell, 3b. After a slow beginning at Great Lakes, he tuned it on for
15 home runs and a .289 average. Moved up to Inland Empire toward the end of the
season he didn't fare well, hitting only .183 with just two homers. Has the ability to be a major force down the road.
12- Jon Meloan, rhp. Became a closer and excelled. Was 5-2, 2.18 at Jacksonville with 19 saves. Promoted to Las Vegas where he didn't slow up at all, going 2-0, 1.09 with one save. Now he's in the big leagues. Does he have wicked stuff? 91 K's in 66.2 innings shows you he does.
11- Delwyn Young, of. In some ways, he was the forgotten man among the better
prospects, seldom mentioned as they talked about Loney, Kemp, LaRoche etc. That
shouldn't be the case anymore. He hit .337 at Las Vegas with a modern Pacific Coast League record 54 doubles plus 17 home runs. He drove in 97 and slugged
.571. Now, he's with the Dodgers and is batting around .400. But is there room for him in the outfield?
Prospect Review #4 No. 11-20
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