Dodger Prospect #28 - 1B Jaime Ortiz

Ortiz has the size (6-3, 215) and a smooth lefthanded swing that strongly suggests the possibility of his becoming a real long-ball threat in the years to come. He also possesses athleticism and generally plays first base very well, particularly at saving throws in the dirt.

Selected in the seventh round of the 2006 draft out of San Alfonso de Ligorio High School in Puerto Rico, things got off to a good start for the young man, then the league seemed to catch up to him and he finished his rookie year with the Gulf Coast Dodgers with a .232-2-22 record.

However, the Dodgers were surprised and delighted with his leadership ability, despite having turned 18 years old during the season. Early on he collected a game-winning, pinch-hit homer but he would only connect once more over his 50-game season.

He has a smooth lefthanded swing that reminds many of first rounder Franklin Stubbs at the plate. And the kid knows where he is going and how to get there.

"I have to learn to hit curve balls and hit to all fields," he acknowledges. Like many young players with power he is a dead-pull hitter and his recognition of breaking pitches is a work in progress.

As to be expected, pitchers solved him rather than the other way around. What he obviously needs is a lot of work.

In 2007 he blossomed at Ogden, boosting his average to .274 and slugging 11 home runs in 59 games. Oritz put his name on a number of the Dodgers short season lists, finishing second in the Dodger system in home runs (11), fourth in games (59), fifth in on-base plus slugging (.809) and runs batted in (35), and sixth in slugging (.437) and hits (62).

His development was very encouraging and if the improvement continues, he will be on the fast track. He will probably play for Great Lakes in 2008 with a shot at Inland Empire later in the season.

His record:
year	team    ave   obp   gm   ab     r   h   2b  3b  hr   bi  sb
2006	GCL   .232   .310   50   181   21   42   5  1    2   22   1
2007	Ogden .274   .333   59   226   30   62  10  1   11   35   0   

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