Prospect Review #5 - No. 1-10

   We're currently taking a look at the top prospects in the organization as rated by at the start of the season to see how each fared in 2007. Today we finish the list, counting down among the very best from 10 down through number one.

10- Tony Abreu, 2b. Aside from a brief flurry caused by a disagreement over an injury, this has been a breakout season for him. He hit .355 (although with only two homers) during his stays at Las Vegas and is now back up with the Dodgers, Can he ultimately replace Jeff Kent? He has everything but the power

9- Ivan DeJesus, Jr, ss. Coming along in the manner they had hoped for. He hit .287 for Inland Empire and plays a very dependable shortstop.

8- Greg Miller, lhp. The mystery of how to locate the strike zone still hasn't been solved although he seems to be getting closer. Was only 1-1, 7.85 with Las Vegas, dropped back to Jacksonville where he improved but only slightly to 1-2, 4.69. He wound up issuing 89 bases on balls in 76.2 innings, not at all acceptable so even though he has touched 98 on the gun, he's still working on matters. Has gone to the Arizona Fall League to try to accomplish that.

7- Blake DeWitt, 3b. A slow beginning caused some concerns, then he began to become far more selective at the plate and his average rose to .298 with eight homers at Inland Empire. Up to Jacksonville where he hit .281, also with eight out of the yard. Is doing what was hoped for.

6- Hong-Chih Kuo, lhp. Banished to the minors once again, he threw well at Las Vegas (3.60 ERA) but those elbow woes won't seem to go away and he had to undergo more surgery. Managed only a 7.42 mark in the majors. His future is cloudy.

5- Andy LaRoche, 3b. Another injury-plagued athlete- first a balky shoulder, then a bad back. Got going well on the field and was .309 with 18 homers for Vegas. Now with LA once more, he's performing physical therapy which might solve the back issue.

4- James Loney, 1b. An early assignment to Las Vegas was puzzling since he hit better than anybody else in the spring. His average fell off to a .279 with the 51's and his only homer came in his very first at-bat. He's dispelled all the doubts since being recalled, batting well over .300 with 12 homers while playing excellent first base.

3- Scott Elbert, lhp. Wasn't right from the get-go in the spring and was 0-1, 3.86 when his season was lost due to elbow surgery. If he can come back to his old style next year, he could well wind up in the Dodger rotation at some point.

2- Matt Kemp, of. Another player sent down but who hit his way back from Las Vegas with a .324 average and four homers. Now, he's ripping the ball even while being used judiciously, hitting both for average and for distance.

1- Clayton Kershaw, lhp. He had a generally excellent season. Was a misleading 7-5 with a 2.77 ERA at Great Lakes where he was named the best prospect in the Midwest League. Leaped all the way to Jacksonville where he more than held his own- 1-2, 3.65. For the season opposing batters managed to hit a feeble .201 against him and he struck out 163 in 122 innings. Would seem to have what it takes to get a call-up sometime in 2008.

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