2009 Draft Review Prospects No. 7-11

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 late rounds who had good debut seasons, including catcher Jan Vasquez, RHP Brandon Martinez, OF Jonathan Garcia and shortstop Bryant Hernanez.

7. C Jan Vazquez is the first of three-straight high school players selected. Vazquez, a 17-year-old switch-hitter, out of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, is remarkably fast for a catcher. He has a plus arm, good mechanics and will be a much better hitter when he matures.

"This kid is a real athlete. He shifts, blocks, has perfect size for a catcher. If we don't need him behind the plate, he could play second base because he can really hit from both sides of the plate," Dodgers Assistant GM-Scouting Logan White said.

In the Arizona Rookie League he got into only 25 games, hitting .216 but over the final 10 games he recorded a .316 average with three doubles and three runs batted in and an excellent .381 on-base percentage.

JAN VAZQUEZ  5-10  165  bb  tr
Born- April 29, 1991 in San Lorenzo, PR

 Team		 ave   obp  gm  ab  r   h 2b 3b hr bi sb
Az Rook		.216  .381  25  74  8  16  3  0  0  3  0
8. RHP Brandon Martinez is a tall (6-4), slim (150) 19-year-old right-hander out of Fowler High School in California where he struck out 85 in 45 innings and allowed opponents a .124 average. He has a 91-92 fastball, a good change and a sweeping curve that overwhelmed high school batters.

Predictably, he was roughed up in his professional debut with the Arizona Rookie League Dodgers, going 0-4 with a 9.86 earned run average over 10 appearances, five of them starts and gave up 28 hits in 21 innings but struck out 23.

White pointed out, "This kid is skinny as rail but I'll tell you he has an outstanding delivery, throws hard and has a fine breaking ball. We'll have to put a little weight on him. He could turn into a really fine pitcher over time."

In his final two starts, he had a 3.39 earned run average so patience is prescribed for this young man.

BRANDON MARTINEZ  6-4  150  br  tr
Born- November 11, 1990 in Fowler, CA
School- Fowler High School, California

 Team		w-l  era   gm  gs   in   h  bb  so  ave
AZ Rook		0-4  9.86  10  5  21.0  38  11  23  .388
9. OF Jonathan Garcia is another high schooler out of Luis Muñoz Marin High School in Puerto Rico who is a muscular, 5-11 and 185 pounds who is still learning how to take his batting practice talents into the game itself. He swats mammoth drives over the outfield lights, then struggles in the actual contests. Only 18, he has a major league arm, knows how to play the game properly, has above average speed and hustles all the time.

"He's a little raw right now but if he can utilize his talents we will have a pretty good player," White says.

In the Arizona Rookie League he had no trouble with the pitching, hitting .304 with a .362 on-base percentage and slugging average of .500. He hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games, hitting .371, and finished fourth in the league with 16 doubles.
JONATHAN GARCIA  5-11  180  br  tr
Born- November 11, 1991 in Juana Diaz, PR

 Team		 ave   obp  gm   ab   r   h  2b h3 hr  bi  sb
Az Rook		.304  .362  41  138  22  42  16  1  3  21  4
10. SS Bryant Hernandez was a late-bloomer, starting just 39 games in his first two college season before having a break-out year for the Oklahoma Sooners, hitting .351 with 10 home runs.

Born in Oxnard, Calif. he's a 5-8, 170-pound hustler with good speed and a good arm.

Sent to Ogden, he excelled from the start and was hitting .301 going into the final four regular season games. However, a 1-for-17 slump left him with a .276 average over 44 games with eight extra base hits and eight stolen basses.

White compares him to David Eckstein, "although he is bigger." The Dodgers were checking Oklahoma catcher J.T. Wise when they spotted Martinez and liked him. "Here is a kid that had good numbers, could hit in the middle of the night, could play short or second and he's a sure-handed fielder with some pop in his bat. We could also turn him into a catcher down the road, if needed. He's a grinder and knows how to play the game."

BRYANT HERNANDEZ  5-8  170  br  tr
Born- March 5, 1998 in in Oxnard, CA
School- University of Oklahoma

 Team		 ave   obp  gm   ab   r   h 2b 3b hr  bi sb
Ogden		.276  .370  44  163  20  45  6  2  2  16  8

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