Dodger Prospect #14 - 3B Pedro Baez

Latest in a series on top Dodger prospects as we count down to the very best. While Bill Shelley is on medical leave, we take a look at Prospect #14, 3B Pedro Baez.

The list of the more promising Dominican newbies includes third baseman Juan Alberys Baez, who has become Pedro Baez. He could well become known, too, for he's already in camp here and has the look of someone who could well become special. He's 18, a solid 6-1, 190, and in infield drills shows range, a glorious arm and soft hands.

The beginner has made strong plays at the hot corner consistently. Importantly, the ball rockets off his bat when he hits and although he tailed off some as the season stretched out he drove in 40 (2nd in the league) while hitting .274. He excelled with men on base. He has the talent to do it all except for swiftness for he's a heavy-legged runner and has to watch his weight.

The longtime Dominican instructors compare him to Adrian Beltré when he was just beginning and that's high praise, indeed. Logan White first worked him out in the U.S, stashed him away, then took him back to the Dominican where he was signed.

He finished the season with a .408 slugging average (8th among Dodger short season teams), scored 35 runs (seventh), was third in doubles (14) and second in RBI (40).

Deric McKamey, Minor League Analyst, says of Baez. "Maturely built youngster with bat speed and strong wrists that make him capable of plus power. Lacks pitch recognition, so average may fluctuate in lower minors. Below average runner and has to watch body. Possesses plus arm strength and soft hands in providing above average defense." McKamey gives him the probability of reaching an elite rating, with above average power, average and defense.

He will play in Ogden in 2008.

His record:
Juan Alberys 'Pedro' Baez  br  tr  6-2   199
Born- March 11, 1988
Obtained- Signed as a free agent 2007

year	team  ave   obp  gm   ab  r   h  2b 3b  hr bi  sb
2007	GCL  .274  .341  53  201  35 55  14  2  3  39   3