Dodger Prospect #45- 1b Kyle Orr

Once again com is taking a look at the top prospects in the Dodger system counting down to the very best. Today: Prospect #45, first baseman Kyle Orr.

Name- Kyle Orr
Position- First Base
Birthdate- Sept. 29, 1988
Residence- Victoria, B. C., Can
B/T- L/R
Ht- 6-5
How Obtained- Drafted in fourth round 2006
2007 Club- Gulf Coast Dodgers (Rookie)
Although drafted in June 2006, Orr didn't sign until September of that year so 2007 was his rookie season. He spent the spring working on two important factors- (1) shortening his too-long swing and (2) learning to hit the ball to all fields. He kept right on concentrating on those phases as the Gulf Coast season unfolded. As a result he seldom turned on balls, seldom getting the opportunity to really unload.

He also got a lot of hard-knocks schooling in pitch recognition for he tends to commit early, chasing pitches out of his hitting zone. The year then saw him send only three balls out of the park while batting only .228.

There's no question that there's a lot of power potential here but right now it lies beneath the surface, untapped, so the lessons will continue.

Although he was mostly an outfielder and pitcher in his high school days, he was made into a first baseman and has learned to play the position quite well. He's an athlete so moves his body well although he lacks any sort of speed.

He'll probably begin 2008 with Ogden in the Pioneer League.