Dodger Prospect LHP Geison Aguasviva - #27

Fourth 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 #27, LHP Geison Aguasviva.

6-2 166 bl tl
Born- Aug. 3, 1987 at Santiago, DR
How Obtained- Signed as a free agent December 2005

Young left-hander Aguasviva got his first taste of pitching the the states after having a pair of strong seasons at Campo Las Palma in the Dominican Republic and continued to show exceptional talent while pitching both at Ogden in the Pioneer League and Midland in the Midwest League.
br> Aguasviva, who signed as a free agent in December of 2005, was 3-3 with a 5.17 ERA over 14 appearances and eight starts in his 2006 rookie year.  

His breakout season came the next year, his final in the D.R. Aguasviva was 8-2 and led the Dominic League with a 1.50 ERA, allowing only 43 hits in 66 innings and striking out 69. His eight wins was fourth in the Dominican Summer League and he allowed only a .183 batting average and 5.86 hits per nine innings.

Baseball America rated him the 30th best prospect in the Dodgers minor league system.

Although many young Dominican struggle in their first season in the USA, not so for Geison despite the fact he was skipped right into the Midwest League.

He struggled in his eight games for the Loons, winning one of three and getting tagged with an 838 earned run average. Despite being one league too far, he still struck out 20 in 19.1 innings.

Dropped back to Ogden, he found little trouble retiring the opposition in the Pioneer League, crafting a 2.90 ERA over 13 starts. His 3-4 won-lost record did not reflect the season he enjoyed for the Raptors. His won-lost record was hampered by 16 unearned runs.

He finished the season strong, recording a 3-3 record and a 2.95 ERA over the final 10 games. And save for a disastrous game against Great Falls (he allowed eight runs in a single inning), his earned run average would have been 1.91.

And six days latter he started again against Great Falls and pitches seven shutout innings while allowing two hits. He also shut-out Helena into the eighth inning on August 11.

Overall, at the age of 20 and in his first season in the United States, he won four of six decisions and post a 4.07 earned run average.

He should be in line for another crack at the Midwest League in 2009 but in any event he is among a number of young, strong pitchers moving up the franchise chain.

Geison Aguasviva

year	team    w-l  era  gm   gs  in  h   bb  so  whip
2006	DRep    3-3  5.17  14   8  47  57  21  41  1.55
2007	DRep    8-2  1.50  12  12  66  43  14  69  0.86  
2008 	GLakes  1-2  8.38   8   2  19  34   6  20  2.07
	Ogden   3-4  2.90  13  13  71  85  13  60  1.37   
  Totals       15-11 3.49  47  35  209 219 54  190 1.34