Dodgers Prospect #32 -- OF Mario Songco

Outfielder Mario Songco, a solid 6-foot, 190-pounder, was the first right-handed power bat selected in the 2009 draft with the Dodgers fifth pick. He had demonstrated his prowess with wooden bats in the Cape Cod League and had battered opposing pitchers in his final season with Loyola Marymount. He is our prospect #32.

Blessed with an easy, powerful swing, he reminds scouts of Rafael Palmero. A left-handed swinger (and a right-handed thrower), he razed right-handed pitching in his first professional season, hitting .350. Left-handers, however, held him to a .288 average.

Dodgers Assistant General Manager-Scouting Logan White noted, "We project him to be a fine corner outfielder" and pointed out that along with Andrew Lambo, Kyle Russell and Blake Smith, the club has "some nice looking strokes coming up from the left side."

He was sent to Ogden and demonstrated his power immediately, earning the Dodgers weekly award of July 17 after leading the Rookie-advanced Pioneer League with seven homers and tying for the league lead with 22 RBI.

He also had a 15-game hit streak, batting .383 (23-for-60) with five homers and 19 RBI as well as batting .444 (8-for-18) with a homer and 12 RBI with runners in scoring position.

Within a month he was promoted to Great Lakes and found it was a league too far. He saw action in 33 games, hitting .150 with a .226 on-base percentage, one homer and 16 runs batted in. Sent back to the Raptors on August 22, he had trouble regaining his stroke and over the final 10 games, hit just .205.

Songco 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. He batted .429 (3-for-7) with a couple doubles as Ogden was swept in the three-game post season playoff against Orem.

He will be 22 in 2010 and will get a second chance in the Midwest League.

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 

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