2009 Draft Review Prospects No. 4-6

The Dodgers Class of 2009, numbering 31 in all, compares favorable with the last several year classes. Today we take a look at three players from the late rounds who made their debut inn 2009, including RHP Brett Wallach, OF Mario Songco and catcher Jeremy "J.T. Wise.

4. RHP Brett Wallach has good bloodlines. He is son of former Dodger third baseman Tim Wallach (1993-96) and current AAA Albuquerque manager and is also the brother of Great Lakes catcher Matt Wallach. But having said that, it didn't make a difference to Dodgers Assistant General Manager- Scouting Logan White.

"To be honest, if his name was Jones or Jenkins, we'd still be excited to get him. Having his father and his brother in the organization had no effect at all on us drafting him. This kid is lean and lanky and has excellent arm action and an excellent delivery on the mound.

"He's a good hitter too, and Tom Lasorda thinks he should be a position player, but Wallach loves to pitch. He's got a Hershiser-type sinker and a hard slider, changes speeds well and good mound presence. This kid is going to move very quickly."

A starter at Long Beach State, Wallach was 10-1 with a 2.26 earned-run average and four saves for the Pirates. He struck out 111 in 103.2 innings and earned a victory and a save in three state tournament wins in Fresno. Yet his contributions were hardly confined to the mound. Batting cleanup, he hit .371 with three home runs and 48 runs batted it.

?Coach John Altobelli, who called Wallach the best pitcher he has had in 18 seasons at OCC, said Wallach may also have been the best clutch hitter with two outs and runners in scoring position that he has seen during his tenure at the school.?

Wallach was sent to Ogden in the Pioneer League and got off to a good start in July, recording a 2.70 ERA over five brief starts and striking out eight in 10 innings. But then the league caught up to him and he was 0-1 with a 6+ ERA in August and September.

However, he struck out 39 in only 31 innings, 11.03 per nine innings, while walking only 15.

BRETT WALLACH  6-1  180  br  tr
Born- December 2, 1988 
School- Orange Coast College, CA

 Team	w-l  era   gm  gs    in   h  bb  so   ave
Ogden	0-1  5.23  12  12  31.0  34  15  38  .279  
5. OF Mario Songco was the hottest hitter in the spring for Loyola Marymount after demonstrating that he could use wood bats in the Cape Cod League where he was second with eight homers.

The Dodgers went for power on their fifth selection, picking Songco out of Loyola Marymount. "The kids got an easy swing, sort of like Rafael Palmero. He has a swing that just flows and results in power. He has to adjust to left-handed pitching a little better but we project him to be a fine corner outfielder, White said..

"When we put him in the same bunch as Andrew Lambo and Kyle Russell and Blake Smith and some of the other guys we will have some nice looking strokes coming up from the left side."

He has average speed and arm and is projected to be a left fielder. He also hit .350 vs. left-handers and only .288 against righties.

He opened at Ogden and demonstrated his power immediately, earning a brief promotion to Great Lakes where he struggled. hitting just .150 over 33 games. Returned to Ogden, he tailed off over the final 10 games, hitting just .205 but still finished his Raptor's debut with nine home runs in 144 at bats to go with 17 doubles, 29 runs batted in and a .306 batting average.

MARIO ANGELO SONGCO  6-0  190  bl  tr
Born- September 9m 1988 in Granada Hills, CA
School- Loyola Marymount University 

 Team	 ave   obp  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi  sb
Ogden	.306  .361  36  144  27  44  11  1  9  29  0
GLakes	.150  .226  33  120   8  18   6  2  1  16  1 
6. C J.T. Wise is one of five catchers the Dodgers drafted in 2009 and they signed four of them, shoring up a shaky section of the franchise. Their first backstop pick was the Big 12 Player of the Year and he was ranked in five of six offensive categories in the tough league.

"Everyone was shocked that the Dodgers took a college senior in the top five rounds but I really liked him," White said with a laugh.

"I saw him play when (Aaron) Miller was pitching (for Baylor) against Oklahoma. He reminds you of A.J. Ellis as a defender and the kid is really a good hitter. He stays inside the baseball, he hits to all fields and he's got good power.

"I think he will develop into a power hitting catcher at the major league level. He plays hard and he is a gamer. We needed to get some catching depth in the system and he will definitely help.

"We saw he had good stats and that some clubs put more stock in them than we do, but we also knew we had to get him off the board as soon as we could. Many colleges have catchers who can catch and throw but not hit, or hitters that can't throw at all. We don't see why he isn't in Double-A pretty quick."

Wise didn't disappoint, either.

As well as guiding a more experienced Ogden pitching staff, he hit .338 with good power (.556) slugging average and a whopping .401 on-base percentage. He fell just short of qualifying for the league batting race but his average would have been fourth in the Pioneer League.

He finished the season with a flourish, hitting .425 over his final 10 games and mashing half of his season's home runs. He devoured left-hand pitching to the tune of .455 while handling righties comfortably (.287).

JEREMY WISE  6-1  205  br  tr
Born- June 2, 1987 in Norman, OK
School- University of Oklahoma

 Team	 ave   obp  gm   ab   r   h 2b 3b hr  bi sb
Ogden	.338  .401  39  145  26  49  9  0  8  23  0

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