Dodger Prospect Bobby Blevins - #49

Second in a series on the top 50 Dodger prospects as we count down to the very best. Player ratings will be published Monday through Friday each week. Today we highlight #49, RHP Bobby Blevins.

RHP Bobby Blevins
Relief Pitcher
6-0 200 BR TR
Born-January 16, 1985, Terrytown NY
Selected in 13th round 2007
2008 club- Ogden Raptors

Bobby Blevins was the 13th round pick in 2007 and pitching for Ogden he was 3-3, 3.49 in his major league debut, pitching 12 times in relief and striking out 51 in 57 innings.

He was selected the Minor Leaguer of the Week by in August. Facing Missoula, he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning when a bloop double just inside the right field foul line spoiled it. Besides that lone hit, he walked only one while striking out six.

He was promoted to Great Lakes in 2008 and pitched very well but with little luck, although he saved five games.

Over 23 games, all but one in relief, he had a 2.96 earned run average (#4 among franchise relievers), struck out 44 in 34.2 innings for a 10.64 per nine inning total (fourth), allowed only 5.56 hits per nine innings (second) and 2.61 walks per nine innings (fourth).

Despite all that, he had a 2-7 won-lost record.

He has remarkable command and is very athletic, as can be attested to by his high school and college records.

At Blaircliff High School Blevins was first team all-state in his junior and senior seasons, pitching a pair of perfect games and two no-hitters. He recorded 39 wins and went 26.2 innings without allowing a hit and 55.2 innings without allowing an earned run. During the regular season of his senior year he didn't allow an earned run. He was also a two-time first-team all-state selection in football.

He attended LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York and was the projected Pitcher of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America in 2006. He started 14 times and was 10-2 wit a 2.57 ERA. In his senior year, 2007, he was 9-3 with a 3.07 ERA over 15 starts and ha a 104-37 strikeout to walk margin.

He is the school's leader in career victories with 23, recorded a program-best 104 strikeouts in 111 innings pitched and tied single-season record with 10 wins.

He needs to maintain his excellent numbers and keep moving up the franchise since he will be 24 years old in 2009. He will probably be pitching at Inland Empire.

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