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