Dodger Prospect #41 - RHP Luis Ferreras

Continuing the 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 #41, RHP Luis Ferreras who, at 17, just completed his second season this year in the Dodgers' minor league system.

6-0 151 BR TR
Born-December 28, 1989 Azua, DR
Signed as a free agent March 20, 2007

Most Player Development Directors like to promote a player just a bit too high, to the point he has to struggle to survive. They then can see how he handles adversity and just what he is made of. De Jon Watson, although he is an Assistant GM not a director, apparently feels the same way.

Thus Luis Ferreras, who had signed at 16 as a non-drafted free agent, was moved from the Dodgers Campo Las Palmas in the Dominican Republic to the Gulf Coast Dodgers after he had crafted a stunning 2-0, 0.99 record along with a strikeout per inning in 2007 and a short-season (Dominican, Gulf Coast and Ogden) leading 12 saves. The thought was, "let's see what he does up there."

Well, they saw all right but they had to move him up even further to see him struggle after he allowed only a single run in his first 12 innings over seven games, setting a new personal ERA of a microscopic 0.75 in the Gulf Coast League.

He had been loaned all the way up to Double-A Jacksonville, where he shut down his opponents in three innings over two games and came back to Florida with an 0.00 ERA.

They shipped the 6-0, 151-pound wisp of a lad to the Great Lakes Loons late in July, bypassing the next normal step (Ogden), the usual promotion from the Gulf Coast League.

At the time most 17-year-old players in the United State competing in American Legion baseball, he got to work in seven Class A games in August, allowing 20 hits in 12.2 innings. His ERA ballooned to 8.53 and he did, apparently meet the "struggle" part of the promotion.

However, if you removed the one really bad game he had against South Bend, during which he allowed two hits, walked three and allowed five earned runs in his only inning, he would have had a an ERA of 5.40, not all that bad for such a youngster.

His ERA with the bases empty was 2.25, indicating he had trouble pitching out of the stretch, but so do most kids of that age. There is no way to rate him properly after working just over 52 professional innings, thus the 41st spot on the list.

He will be well worth watching in 2009 and if the numbers he has put up are really legitimate, next season his rating could moved quickly, perhaps even into the single digits.

Where they'll slot him in the system is anyone's guess, but due to his age he will probably start in Ogden and could well move back to Great Lakes before the season ends.

RHP Luis Ferreras

year	team            w-l  era  gm   gs   sv   in  h  bb  so  whip
2007	SDomingo	2-0  0.99  23   0   12   27  17  17  27  1.24   
2008	GCLeague	0-1  0.75   7   0    2   12   7   2   9  0.75 
        Jacksonville	0-0  0.00   2   0    0    3   0   1   1  0.00 	
	GLakes		0-0  8.53   7   0    0   13  20  10   3  8.53      	
  Totals	        2-1  2.62  39   0   14   55  44  30  40  1.35

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