2009 Draft Review Selections No. 11-14

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 who had good debut seasons, including LHP Andrew Suiter, outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez, RHP Joe Paxson and shortstop Casio Grider.

11. LHP Andrew Suiter. Suiter, a junior from UC - Davis, appeared in 17 games, making three starts and pitching 26.1 innings. He struck out 22 and earned a save. Suiter was drafted in the 32nd round in 2008 by the New York Yankees and moved up 22 rounds this year after turning them down.

He was mediocre starter and really blossomed when moved to the bullpen. His fastball hits the mid 90s and his power curve is a perfect compliment to the heater.

He was moved to Ogden and he had a solid rookie season, posting a 2-0, 4.02 record in relief over 14 games and 15.2 innings. He only allowed 11 hits but struggled with his control, walking 18 and striking out 15.

Over his final 10 games, had a 2.45 earned run average going into his final appearance of the season. He didn't allow a run in his first two appearances in June, but was tagged in July and August before finishing strong with a .245 ERA in September.

"This kid has a really good arm," Logan White, Assistant GM-Scouting said. "He's throwing 94-95 now and has a good change and a good curve ball. The question is getting him to command the strike zone. When he was a starter he wasn't very successful but when they moved him into the bullpen he had good success.

"We're going to start him and if he has trouble we'll move him into relief and we feel he will be very good. We think we have a great find this late in the process. We can see no reason he can't throw strikes, maybe he just likes relief better. If we get another Brent Leach, that will be great."

ANDREW SUITER  6-3  210  bl  tl
Born- June 10, 1987 in Woodside, CA
School- University of California, Davis

 Team		w-l  era   gm  gs   in    h  bb  so  ave
Ogden		2-0  4.02  14   0  15.2  11  18  15  .200
12. OF Brian Cavazos-Galvez. The son of Balvino Galvez who played eight seasons in the Dodger organization and pitched in 10 games for the Dodgers in 1986, and Cynthia Cavazos. Brian was just what the Dodgers felt they were getting when they went for more power in the 2009 draft.

He earned All-Mountain West Conference First Team honors for the second season in a row at the University of New Mexico. He finished fourth on the Lobos career slugging percentage list at .686, led the team and the Mountain West Conference with a .737 average, 160 total bases and ranked in the top 10 in six other MWC offensive categories (63 RBI-second, 64 runs scored-tied for second, seven triples-tied for third, 17 stolen bases-fourth, 85 hits-tied for fourth, .392 batting average-fifth).

He hardly missed a beat (or a good pitch) after he was signed by the Dodgers and sent to Ogden where he finished among the Pioneer League Leaders in eight offensive categories and was named Pioneer League Most Valuable Player. He topped the league with 18 homers, 97 hits, 50 extra-base hits, 29 doubles, 59 runs scored and a .618 slugging percentage and was second with 63 RBIs, 10th with a .322 batting average and helped the Raptors capture the first-half South Division title.

"I like guys like this that give clubhouse guys problems when they put their names on the lockers and the back of uniforms, and writers who have to fit their names into box scores," White said with a laugh.

"He put up good numbers and is a guy that will drive in runs. His swing is a bit unorthodox but you can't argue with that because he has put up good numbers everywhere he has been. He can play either corner outfield spot and throws good."

Cavazos-Galvez has an aggressive approach at the plate and although he doesn't walk much (10 times in 59 games), but doesn't strike out much either (43 times). He is a good fielder with a huge arm in right field.

His 18 home runs earned him second place in the Dodgers short-season records, trailing only Steve Garvey who hit 20 in 1968 at Ogden.

BRIAN CAVAZOS-GALVEZ  6-0  215  br  tr
Born- May 17, 1987 in Albuquerque, NM
School- University of New Mexico

 Team	ave    obp   gm    ab   r   h  2b 3b  hr  bi  sb
Ogden	.322  .353    71  301  59  97  29  3  18  63  17
13. RHP Joe Paxson became the first ever Hilltopper to be selected by the Dodgers. A catcher for his first three years at Western Kentucky, Paxson moved to the bullpen in 2009 and the Dodgers liked his mid-90's fastball. He was 3-1 and also hit .345 with five home runs and recorded a 1.076 OPS.

"He knows how to pitch and he's been successful" Logan White said after the draft. "He's a big physical kid and a converted catcher but he has an above average fastball. Scout Marty Lamb really likes him."

  He was sent to Ogden to learn his craft and, as you might expect, he struggled, finishing 0-2, 5.40. He allowed 37 hits in 29.1 innings, struck out 29, walked 11 and allowed a .301 average.

With his size and talent, he could become an outstanding reliever.

JOSEPH PAXSON  6-3  250  br tr
Born- July 28, 1986 in Indianapolis, IN
School- Western Kentucky

 Team		w-l  era   gm  gs  sv    in   h  bb  so  ave
Ogden		1-3  5.52  17   0   3  29.1  37  11  29  .301
14. SS Casio Grider. Tall (6-1) and slender (165) he was drafted out of Newberry College in South Carolina. He hit .287 and showed his speed with eight doubles, four triples and a pair of home runs in 157 at-bats plus stolen 14 bases in 18 attempts. He had 12 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI contests.

Although he made 13 errors, many were on plays that other shortstops would not have reached.

"He's a senior, a tools kind of guy and he is quick, he can run a 6.5 60, has an above average arms and quick hands" White said. "He may be a bit raw at the plate and is sort of unorthodox right now but he is very athletic and has had success and I think he will be a good player."

In the Arizona Rookie League he again displayed his speed. Over 47 games he stole 22 bases in 24 tries (that would be 76 steals over 162 games), scored 52 runs on only 45 hits and boosted his on-base percentage to .370.

CASSIO GRIDER  6-1  165  br  tr
Born- August 17, 1987 in Loma Linda, CA
School- Newberry College, SC

Team		ave    obp  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi  sb
Ogden		.263  .370  47  171  42  45   5  2  2  15  22

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