2009 Draft Review, players No. 23-26

We are reviewing the Dodgers Class of 2009, numbering 31 in all, which will again be rated highly among the last several year classes. We number them as they were selected, instead of the exact round they were taken and today we look in on RHP Bobby Hernandez, RHP Nick Gaudi, OF Austin King and LHP Graham Miller .

23. RHP John Hernandez, selected out of Barry University in Florida where he was known as Bobby, is a 6-2, 190 pound right-hander who has a good fastball and slider with a solid change. He was Pitcher of he Year in the Sunshine State Conference his Junior year.

He had a strong debut for the Dodgers, going 2-1, 1.88 in the Arizona Rookie League. He allowed three earned runs over his 10 games and held right handers to an 0.90 ERA.

JOHN 'BOBBY' HERNANDEZ  6-0  190  br  tr
Born- June 21, 1987
School- Barry University, FL

 Team		w-l  era   gm gs   in   h  bb  so  ave
Az Rook		2-1  1.88  12  0  14.1  17  7  12  .293  
24. RHP Nick Gaudi is a 6-5, 215-pound right-hander out of Pepperdine University. He recorded 47 strikeouts in 35 innings and saved nine after having 15 saves in 2008. Scouts credit his success to the development of a slider and split-finger fastball.

Sent to Ogden, he worked in 18 games, recording a 2-4, 2.98 record with five walks and 39 strikeouts in 27.1 innings.

He had a rocky debut, getting smacked around in his first two appearances in June but after that he had a 1.93 earned run average in his last 10 games.

Scouts report he has an average fasts ball but his off-speed stuff serves him very well. He allowed opponents a .234 average.

NICK GAUDI  6-5  215  br  tr
Born- August 2, 1986
School- Pepperdine University

 Team		w-l  era   gm  gs   in   h  bb  so  ave
Ogden		2-4  2.96  18   0  27.1  25  3  39  .234  
25. OF Austin King a four-year starter at shortstop during his high school days, he spent the last two seasons at Jackson State (Tenn.) Community College was drafted by the Chicago White Sox after his senior season in 2007.

In 96 games with Jackson State, King had a .452 batting average, hit 15 home runs and drove in 110 RBIs.

He made his debut in the Arizona Rookie League and he was used sparingly and struggled early, going 3-for-25 (.120) in June and July before regrouping to hit .302 average in August to finish .244 with three home runs and a dozen runs batted in. He finished the season with a five-game hitting streak.

A right-handed batter, he hit .227 against lefties and .339 against right handed pitchers.

AUSTIN KING  6-2  200  br  tr
Born- December 1, 1988
School- Jackson State CC

 Team		 ave  obp   gm  ab  r   h  2b 3b hr bi
AZ Rook		.244  .306  28  78  10  19  3  0  3 12
No. 26 LHP Graham (Paul) Miller, a 6-2, 205 pounder, from The Masters College in California, prefers his middle name, Graham, and those searching for Paul Miller on the Dodgers minor league roles might miss him completely.

Miller was picked by the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals) in the second round of the 2003 draft. A member of the starting rotation during his three years as a Mustang, Miller capped his college career in 2009 by going 4-2 in 10 starts and striking out 42 batters in 55.2 innings of work.

When notified of his selection by the Dodgers, he said, "Growing up in Los Angeles, it has been my life-long dream to play for the Dodgers. It feels great to be drafted but I know that this is only the beginning and there is much work that has to be done."

He was sent to Ogden of the Pioneer League, ran into a numbers problem and didn't get as much work as he wanted. However, when he did see action he pitched well, allowing 10 hits (only four for extra bases) in 14.2 innings. He struck out 11 and walked five over nine games, all in relief, allowing opponents a .204 average and left-handers hit but .077.

PAUL GRAHAM MILLER  6-2  205  bl  tl
Born- October 19, 1986 in Northridge, CA
School- The Masters College, CA

 Team	w-l   era   gm  gs  in   h  bb  so  ave
Ogden	 1-0  4.30   9   0 14.2  10  5  11  .204

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