Triple-A Has a Backlog of Outfielders

The Dodgers minor league system has a number of fine outfielders but the Albuquerque club will have to play split squad games throughout the year to get everyone some playing time. No less than five of them hit .300 or better in 2008 and although two are no longer in the system, the three that were under that magic number had 56 home runs between them.

Terry Tiffee (.378) and Wilkin Ruan (.341) have moved on but Luis Maza, who is also an infielder, hit .378, Xavier Paul .316, John-Ford Griffin .305, while Jason Repko, Mitch Jones and Valentino Pascucci all were in double figures in home runs.

Pascucci, 6-6 and 260, was picked up as a free agent and will be one to keep an eye on. After starting last season at the Phillies Triple-A club, then moving to the Mets Triple-A team, he batted .280 with 28 homers and 88 RBI in 139 games.

Jamie Hoffman had a solid year at Jacksonville and saw a good deal of action with the big club during spring training. James Tomlin rapped out 31 doubles en route to hitting .313.

Tommy Giles had a breakout season at Inland Empire with 56 extra-base hits (22 of them home runs) and shared the franchise lead with an even 100 runs batted in. Bridger Hunt led the club with a .292 average and Trayvon Robinson, 20, solidified is prospect status and Ryan Rogowski stole 30 bases.

Nineteen-Year-Old Andrew Lambo was a bright spot for the Great Lakes Loons, piling up 33 doubles and 15 home runs while knocking in 79 runs. Kicked up to Double-A Jacksonville, he it .389 and had a .421 on-base percentage over the final week. Some baseball publications made him the #1 prospect in the system, while we had him at #2 but by a slim margin.

Speedy Jovanny Rosario showcased his speed with 10 triples and led all Dodger minor leaguers with 39 steals.

Travis Vetters started the season at Great Lakes but hit .218 and was dropped back to Ogden where he caught fire and finished with a blaze, crafting a .404 average and a 1.161 OBP. He'll be 25 in 2009 and is another one to watch carefully.

Kyle Russell, who topped the NCAA in home run with 28 and was the Dodgers #3 selection in the 2008 draft, did nothing to diminish his value when he smacked 11 home runs and drive in 46 runs for Ogden. Elian Herrera, Nick Buss, Brian Ruggiano and Clay Calfee all had solid seasons during 2008.

The Gulf Coast Dodgers and the Dominican Summer League Dodgers were very, very young but showed glimmers of talent. Jerry Sands only hit .205 but slugged 10 home runs and knocked in 33 runs in just 46 games. Lenell McGee had 21 ribbies in 34 games.

In the Dominican, Marlon Sucre and Antonio Castillo posted good averages. Tito Franco, at age 16, did a creditable job at a time when most kids his age are just getting into the American Legion Seniors program.

LAS VEGAS
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab  r    h  2b 3b  hr  bi sb
Tiffee	.378 .416 .977  93  392  73 148  39  3   9  69  1
Maza	.378 .450 .942  63  238  51  90  11  5   2  29  1
Ruan	.341 .365 .792  86  211  28  72   8  5   0  17  4
Paul	.316 .378 .841 115  443  93 140  28  5   9  68 17
Griffin	.305 .386 .933  94  319  56  99  19  4  14  67  1
Repko	.283 .373 .822 121  459  89 130  26  7  12  50 20	
MJones	.275 .347 .956  54  200  38  55  14  1  16  45  4

*Pascucci.280 .387 .853 139  478  76 134  25  0  28  88  4  

JACKSONVILLE
	   ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b  hr  bi sb
Tomlin	  .313 .379 .799 108  383  59 120  31  2   2  36 14
Hoffmann  .278 .350 .745 133  478  64 133  20  3  10  71 28
Jacobs	  .276 .340 .756  47  185  24  51  12  1   4  29  1
JGonzalez .261 .375 .911 116  360  46  94  21  0  14  59  2
Rogowski  .231 .293 .674  46  111  12  22   2  0   2  11  7
Berezay	  .128 .236 .490  33   78   6  10   2  0   0   4  0

INLAND EMPIRE
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b  hr  bi sb
Hunt	.292 .369 .720  93  353  62 103  18  0   1  33  4
Giles	.280 .357 .862 126  471  78 132  30  5  22 100  5
Robinson.276 .328 .711 112  439  67 121  20  8   4  42 22
Rogowski.270 .357 .716  74  281  48  76  13  3   2  35 30
Berezay	.249 .324 .738  90  137  41  84  13  9  11  58  7

GREAT LAKES
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b  hr  bi sb
Lambo	.288 .346 .780 123  472  58 136  33  2  15  79  5
Kanaby	.272 .298 .695  79  247  31  56  15  0   9  27  3
Rosario	.270 .315 .668 127  482  68 130  17 10   1  35 39
Silverio.263 .279 .683  95  376  37  99  15  4  10  45  6
Vetters	.218 .269 .546  28  101   9  22   6  0   0   6  4

OGDEN
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b  hr  bi sb 
Vetters	.404 .452 1.161 37  151  30  61  17  1   9  43  3
Herrera	.298 .385 .917  33  124  28  37  12  1   5  27  5
Russell	.279 .365 .899  61  219  46  61  13  5  11  46  4
Buss	.279 .373 .873  35  140  32  39  11  4   4  19  2
Ruggiano.241 .319 .659  46  170  27  41   9  4   2  21  9
Calfee	.232 .305 .758  49  190  28  44  12  3   8  35  2

GULF COAST DODGERS
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b  hr  bi sb
Bert	.250 .414 .723  28   68  11  17   2  1   0   6  3
New	.236 .333 .615  35  110  14  26   5  0   0   8  6
McGee	.222 .317 .641  34  108  15  24   5  0   2  21  0
Sands	.205 .346 .784  46  146  29  30   4  0  10  33  5
Guzman	.192 .317 .541  30   52  10  10   2  0   0   2  4

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE DODGERS
	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b  hr  bi sb
Sucre	.286 .362 .791  53  175  29  50  11  4   2  23  2
Castillo.285 .360 .693  56  144  20  51   5  1   0  10 16
Aviles	.267 .337 .669  64  232  35  62   7  4   0  16  9
TFranco	.242 .315 .686  44  132   8  32   9  1   2  15  2
Martinez.228 .299 .568  52  193  26  44   3  1   1  21 12
BFranco	.169 .289 .571  66  213  29  36   9  0   5  13  3

 *free agent signing

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