2009 Draft Review of Selections No. 19-22

The Dodgers Class of 2009, numbering 31 in all, compares favorable with the last several year classes. Today we take a look at four players from the middle rounds who had good debut seasons, including outfielder Nick Akins, 3B Chris Henderson, Outfielder Stetson Banks and RHP Jimmy Marshall.

19. OF Nick Akins, was drafted twice out of high school at Riverside in California before the Dodgers landed him in 2009. He hit .314 at Vanguard University with 15 doubles, 13 home runs, 35 runs batted in over 47 games and a 633 slugging average.

A very strong young man, he kills fast balls but struggles with breaking stuff. In the Arizona Rookie League he pounded out a .333 average over 21 games with 22 extra base hits (.658 slugging average), including 12 doubles and seven home runs good for 34 runs batted in and a blistering 1.055 OPS (on-base plus slugging).

Moved up to Ogden, where curve balls are more plentiful, he had a double and a grand slam home run in his first two at-bats. He hit .260 in 27 games with four homers and 16 runs batted in but finished strong in August, hitting in seven of his final nine games and batting .281.

Scouts worry about his inability to handle breaking and off-speed stuff as he moved up through the franchise. If he can, the Dodgers have themselves a real prospect. 2010 will be a real test for him.

NICHOLAS AKINS  6-1  190  br  tr
Born-December 25, 1987 in Los Angeles
School- Vanguard University

team		 ave   obp  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi  sb
AZ Rook		.333  .397  32  120  21  40  12  3  7  34   3
Ogden		.260  .359  27  100  15  26   8  1  4  16   0
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 Totals		.300  .379  59  220  36  66  20  4 11  50   3
20. 3B Chris Henderson, a left-handed hitting third baseman closed out the Arizona League regular season with a flourish, hitting .387 over his final eight games, including a 5-for-5 game against the Indians.

At George Mason University in Virginia, Sports Information Directors (VaSID) named him the 2009 Virginia Player of the Year after batting .413 with 14 homers, 22 doubles, 58 RBI and 70 runs scored. He was also Colonial Athletic Association player of the year.

A catcher in college, he moved to third base in the Arizona Rookie League and hit left-handers better than right-handers with about the same power. He also hit .307 on the road compared to .195 in Camelback. He suffered through a .176 June (3-for-17) and hit only .233 in July before he finished strong in August.

CHRISTOPHER HENDERSON 5-11  190  bl  tr
Born- June 232, 1988
School- George Mason University

team		 ave   obp  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi  sb
AZ rookie	.255  .323  47  165  18  42  11  2  0  18   1
21. OF Stetson Banks, a 6-1, 185-pound outfielder out of Brigham Young University where he hit .348 his final year and stole 23 bases, received a long look in the Arizona Rookie League.

He played 44 games and hitting .231 after recording a 2-for-29 (.105) month of June. He scored 31 runs, despite a .309 on-base percentage and a .325 slugging average, both below par.

He did steal 11 bases in 15 attempts and finished strong, hitting in seven of his final nine starts. He hit well against left-handers (.306)

STETSON BANKS  6-1  185  br  tr
Born- January 4, 1988 in Mesa, Az.
School- Brigham Young

team		ave  obp   gm  ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi  sb
AZ rook		.231 .309  44 169  31  39  4  3  2   11  11
22. RHP Jim Marshall, the team captain of the Florida State team, was the closer for the Seminoles (10) and struck out 39 in 24 innings, and although he also walked 24, he held opponents to a .238 average. He was also the closer in 2008 when he appeared in 38 games, fifth highest in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In the Arizona Rookie League he threw in the mid-90s and while his slider is a work in progress, it's is getting better all the time.

Working in 10 games, he saved three and recorded a 4.09 earned run average, allowing runs in only four of his 10 appearances and striking out 12 and he held opponents to a .211 average.

JAMES MARSHALL  6-6, 195  br  tr
Born- April 13m 1987 in Tallahassee, Florida
School- Arizona State  

team  		w-l  era  gm  gs  sv  in   h  bb  so  ave
AZ rook		0-1 4.09  10   0  3  11.0  8   6  12  .211

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