J.T. Wise All Dodgers Hoped For

Jeremy "J.T." Wise was 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 Wise, the Big 12 Player of the Year and he was ranked in five of six offensive categories in the tough short season league. He is our prospect No. 28.

Selected out of the University of Oklahoma with the Dodgers sixth selection of the day, Hee had been previously drafted in the 45th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland Athletics.

His father played baseball at the University of Central Florida in 1975-1976 and he is a great nephew of former New York Yankee Bobby Richardson, a five-time Gold Glove winner and MVP of the 1960 World Series.

Wise played in all but two games for the Sooners in 2009, with 55 starts (50 as a catcher) He hit in 46 of those starts and reached base safely in all but seven games.

Has a fine arm and threw out a Big 12 best 30 potential base runners this year (a sparkling 52 percent) and committed just two errors, good for a .996 fielding percentage. He also picked off six runners.

He finished the year ranked in the top five of six offensive categories in the Big 12 (2nd in homers and total bases, 3rd in slugging percentage and 5th in batting average and RBIs). He led the team in batting average (.359), homers (17), slugging percentage (.665) and had 61 RBIs.

Played for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League and over 12 games he hit .350 with 10 RBIs in that span.

Following the season, he was showered with honors:
2009 Finalist for Johnny Bench Award (nation's top catcher)
?2009 Semifinalist for Golden Spikes Award (nation's top player)
?2009 Second team All-American (Collegiate Baseball)
?2009 Big 12 Player of the Year
?2009 All-Big 12 first team member
?2009 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team
?2006 Freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball)
?2006 All-SEC Freshman Team


"Everyone was shocked that the Dodgers took a college senior in the top five rounds but I really liked him," Assistant General Manager, Scouting Logan 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 while some clubs put more stock in them than we do, 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 can see him in Double-A pretty quick."

Wise didn't disappoint.

As well as guiding a strong and more experienced Ogden pitching staff, he hit .338 with good power with a .556 slugging average and a whopping .401 on-base percentage. He fell just short of qualifying for the league batting race but had he collected enough plate appearances, his average would have put him 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).

He helped the Raptors into the Pioneer League post-season but Ogden was swept in two games.

JEREMY J.T. 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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