Dodgers Lose Three, Gain One in Rule V Draft

The Dodgers didn't lost any players in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings. In the Triple-A phase, the Dodgers selected infielder Anthony Hatch from Toronto and lost three players: shortstop Francisco Lizarraga to Cincinnati, outfielder Andrew Locke to Houston and shortstop Shane Justis to Milwaukee.

Toronto drafted Hatch in the 13th round of the 2005 draft and his career with the Blue Jays has been blighted by various injuries. He broke the hamate one in his wrist and needed surgery a few months before behind drafted and started his season in the rookie league. Because of the injury, he saw action in just 41 games.

In 2006 Hatch started in the Midwest League and hit .314 for Lansing, then moved up to Dunedin in the Florida State league and rapped out four hits, two of them doubles, in eight trips to the plate.

While with Lansing, Hatch batted .305 during the month of May, and cranked his average up to .397 in June but he underwent surgery on both wrists, ending his season with Dunedin.

The surgery, to alleviate the pain, was not considered major but it stopped what seemed to be a promising season. After the season he again underwent surgery on his wrists.

Returning to Dunedin in 2007, he finally got in a complete season, although he was not fully recovered from the surgery. He hit .249 with 24 doubles and 15 homers. Playing in the Hawaii Winter Baseball League he hit .273 and drove in 20 runs in 31 games.

He split the 2008 season between Dunedin in the FLS and New Hampshire in the Eastern League, hitting .273 between them and adding 24 doubles and 13 home runs.

The 6-3, 195-pound left-handed hitter has some power but it primarily a gap hitter. Hatch told Scout site Inside the Dome, "I'm not going to lead the league in home runs. I will hit my fair share, but I focus more on making contact, hitting the balls in the gap and keeping the cycle going for the offense."

Because of the lack of playing time, Hatch had still not found a position. He played at four positions for Dunedin, including left and center field and third base. At New Hampshire he was primarily a third baseman and had a satisfactory range factor of 2.74.

Lansing played Hatch both infield and outfield in his three-year professional career and enjoys that. "I liked the fact that I got the chance to play all over the infield. I feel like I've got a few cobwebs still in some of those positions, but that's the player that I want to be. I want to bring four different gloves to the ballpark and play wherever my team needs me. I feel I can do that."

INF Anthony Hatch
6-3   195  bl  tr
Born- August 30, 1983
Obtained- Selected in Rule V draft 2008

year	team      ave   gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b  hr  bi  sb
2005  Rookie     .273   41  128  16   35  11  2   5  26  0	
2006  Class A	 .314   70  239  46   75  23  3   9  37  5
      Class A+	 .500    3    8   3    4   2  0   0   2  0
2007  Class A+   .249  116  481  67  120  24  6  15  53  5
2008  Class A+	 .329   48  167  25   55  12  1   7  27  2
      Class AA   .235   74  255  25   60  12  0   6  28  0
  Totals         .273  352 1278 182  349  84 12  42 173 12
Lizarraga, 23, a good-field, no-hit shortstop, hit .316 as Las Vegas in 16 games; .158 in 13 games at Inland Empire and .191 in 51 games for Great Lakes. Outfielder Andrew Locke, 25, hit .311 for Inland Empire and shortstop Justis, 25, hit .266 for Jacksonville.

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