Prospect #43- OF Alfredo Silverio

Once again LAdugout.com is taking a look at the top prospects in the Dodger system as we count down to the very best. Today: Prospect # 43 outfielder Alfredo Silverio.

Name- Alfredo Junior Silverio
Position- Outfield
Birthdate- May 8, 1987
Residence- LaRomana, DR
B/T- R/R
Ht- 6-2
Wt- 165
How Obtained- Signed as a free agent 2003
2007 Club- Gulf Coast Dodgers (rookie)

Alfredo Silverio spent three years in the Dominican Summer League before getting his chance in this country. Those were years of professional growth for him as indicated by the steady rise in his batting averages- .240, .244, .276. He was learning his craft, something he more than demonstrated when he arrived in the USA.

His summer in the Gulf Coast League was just like those that preceded it as he steadily got better. Utilizing a short, quick stroke, he sprayed the ball around well and became simply the best hitter in his division. At the end he topped the entire league both in batting (.373) and in runs batted in (46).

There were moments when he tired too hard to become a long ball hitter but he quickly reverted into being a gap hitter, recognizing what pitchers were doing and driving the ball somewhere- hard. There are those that feel he'll falter as he moves up but so far the record shows he'll adjust and be a presence.

His frame could do some more filling out; until that happens he won't be all that much of a power hitter, although his total of six homers is quite good for a league with spacious playing fields.

He's very comfortable in left field, making some spectacular catches, plus throwing out runners from that spot. His arm could play in right although they didn't need him there this past season. He did some time in center and, although he has the speed to cover the post, he seemed uncomfortable there, running some poor routes.

He could skip Ogden in 2008 and go right to Great Lakes.

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