Dodger Prospect #23 - Ramon Troncoso

Signed at 19, Ramon Troncoso spent three years in the Dominican Summer League but then jumped directly to the starting rotation at Columbus. That was a league too farm and when he dropped back to Ogden, he started to bloom.

Signed as a free agent, the 6-2, 199 pound Dominican was battered a bit at Columbus, recording a 2-3, 6.69 record over 11 games, seven of them starts. At Ogden he was used exclusively out of the bullpen and hasn't started a game since while moving up the Dodgers minor league system. At Ogden he saved 13 games, tops among the franchise short-season clubs, and had a 6-2 record and a 3.68 earned run average.

Featuring a searing fastball, he struck out 30 in 36.2 innings while walking only a dozen.

In 2006, he did the two steps forward, one step back routine again, opening at Vero Beach, then dropping down to Columbus.

He was battered at Vero Beach and left with a 1-3 record and a 6.75 earned run average in 18 games. But at Columbus he went 4-0, 2.41 and boosted his career best saves record to 15.

Tall and rangy, his pitches are bit above average. What makes him successful is the movement on his pitches. At Vero, they were dropping out of the strike zone and he pitched from behind with disastrous results.

He regained his mojo at Columbus and earned a brief time at Vero toward the end of the season, working four scoreless innings. trial at Vero toward the end of the season. This time he had four scoreless outings. Overall, he struck out 53 batters in 63 innings.

He opened 2007 at Inland Empire and his sinker was working perfectly, allowing him to save seven games and post a 1.04 earned run average along with a 3-1 record. That earned him a trip to AA Jacksonville.

He worked in 35 games for the Suns, to go with 25 at Vero, and saved seven more games, winning seven of 10 decisions and finishing with a 3.12 earned run average.

That steady improvement and the fact that he keeps the ball in the park earned him a spot on the Dodgers' 40-man roster. After allowing three home runs in Jacksonville, that put his minor league career totals at eight home runs in 336 innings.

Overall, he finished the season with 10 wins between Inland Empire and Jacksonville. His 2.39 eared run average with fifth, his 51 games worked put him in third place, he allowed only 8.08 hits per nine innings (10th)while walking but 2.42 per nine, fourth on the final list.

He should open at Jacksonville in 2008 and will probably see work for the Las Vegas 51s before the season ends.

His record:
Ramon Jose Troncoso   br  tr  6-2  199
Born-Feb. 16, 1983 in San Jose de Ocoa, DR
Obtained- Signed as non-drafted free agent June 20, 2002

year   team   w-l   era   gm   gs  sv     in    h   bb   so
2000  SDom   2-4   2.27   11   7    0   39.2   47   14   29
2003  SDom   2-2   2.47   11   7    0   47.1   39   13   36
2004  SDom   0-3   5.73    8   0    2   22.0   27    9   21
2005  Col    2-3   6.69   13   6    1   37.2   58   13   27
      Ogd    6-2   3.68   29   0   13   36.2   40   12   30
2006  VBch   1-3   6,75   18   0    0   29.1   43   14   31
      Col    4-0   2.41   23   0   15   33.2   28    7   22
2007  InE    3-1   1.04   16   0    7   26.0   18    3   20
      Jax    7-3   3.12   35   0    7   52.0   52   18   39   

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