Shortstop List Small But Talented

As one might imagine, middle infielders are often interchangeable, so shortstop projections will include a number of players who graced the second base lists. Also, since the position is so important, a smaller number of players are utilized. These are the members of the Dodgers organization.

Chin-Lung Hu, the Dodgers 2007 Minor League Player of the Year, was given a lengthy shot at the job in 2008 when Rafael Furcal was out with an injury and didn't quite fit the bill.

He did, however, have a brief but successful season at Las Vegas. Veteran Luis Maza had even a shorter term, splitting his time between second and third. Angel Chavez, now departed, handed the job most of the time.

At Jacksonville, Ivan De Jesus and Jesus Gonzalez worked both at short and second base to the exclusion of any other player, in fact, no other played the required 20+ games.

Inland Empire had the same program, using only Jaime Pedroza and Chris Lara, with Pedroza getting the lion's share of the work at short.

Joe Becker led the Inland Empire infield with 50 games at short, followed by Francisco Lizarraga (49), who was lost in the Rule V draft and Parker Dalton (25).

Devaris Strange-Gordon, who became the fastest man in the organization the moment he was drafted, played the bulk of the games at shortstop. The talented rookie is not the most experienced of the younger shortstops but perhaps has the highest ceiling.

Showcasing the Gulf Coast League and the Dominican Summer League, it must be noted that Pedro Guerrero and Alexis Crispin are 19 and Alexis Aguilar is 18.

LAS VEGAS
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi sb
Hu	.295 .323 .708  41  156  21  46   5  3  1  15  2
Chavez	.292 .355 .758 117  463  68 135  31  0 10  68  5
Rundgren.185 .219 .411  40  108  12  20   1  0  1   6  1

JACKSONVILLE
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi  sb
De Jesus .324 .419 .842 128  463  91 150  21  2  7  58   1
JGonzalez.261 .375 .811 116  360  46  94  24  0 14  59   2

INLAND EMPIRE
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi  sb
Pedroza	.290 .342 .783 128  479  78 139  31  7  9  57  25
Lara	.282 .322 .667 104  351  46  89  16  8  0  41  10

	    ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi sb
*Washington.148 .175 .380  24   54   5   8   3  0  0  2  1

GREAT LAKES
	  ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h   2b 3b hr  bi sb
Becker	  .195 .262 .495  41  133  14  26   5  0  0   3  3
Dalton	  .231 .293 .623  83  273  25  63  17  2  2  22  8
Lizarraga .191 .231 .468  51  173  13  33   2  0  2  10  1

OGDEN
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi  sb
Gordon	.331 .371 .801  60  251  45  83  13  3  2  27  18

GULF COAST DODGERS
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi  sb
Guerrero.263 .315 .688  32  118  17  31   7  0  2  13   2

DOMINICAN DODGERS
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi  sb
Crispin	.263 .323 .624  37  110  11  26   3  0  1  10  6
Aguilar	.212 .282 .501  41  128  11  27   1  0  0   8  8

  *Recent free agent signing

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