Dodger Prospect #38- OF/1B Kyle Orr

Once again com is taking a look at the top prospects in the Dodger system counting down to the very best. Today: Prospect #38, first baseman Kyle Orr.

Born- Sept. 29, 1988 West Minister, British Columbia
BL TR 6-5 205
How Obtained- Drafted in fourth round 2006
2008 rating #45

Orr came into the Dodgers' organization having been given the blessing (or curse) of having the best power potential in the 2006 draft class. He had played with Team Canada in 2006 and 2007 and had signed a letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Kentucky before the Dodgers drafted him

Orr didn't sign until September of 2007 and opened his rookie season in the Gulf Coast League working on (1) shortening his too-long swing and (2) learning to hit the ball to all fields. He kept right on concentrating on those phases as the season unfolded. As a result he seldom turned on balls, seldom getting the opportunity to really unload.

As with most young players, pitch recognition bothered him and he was chasing pitches out of his hitting zone. The year then saw him drive just three balls out of the park while batting only .228.

Although he was mostly an outfielder and pitcher in his high school days, he was made into a first baseman. Then when he teamed with OF Chris Jacobs in 2007 he was moved back into the outfield.

He returned to first base in Ogden in 2008 but the results were pretty much the same at the plate: .228 average, five homers and 24 runs batted in. But the power potential is there and the Dodgers will exercise extreme patience while they wait for it to blossom.

He'll be 20 in 2009 and probably begin the season again in Ogden.

Kyle Orr

year	tm    ave    obp   ops  gm   ab  r   h   2b 3b hr  bi  
2007	GCL   .228  .330  .659  48  158  25  36   7  0  3  19
2008	Ogden .225  .286  .393  45  173  22  39  12  1  5  24 
  Totals      .227  .307  .670  93  331  47  75  19  1  8  43

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