Sleeper: RHP prospect Steve Ames

We wrestled for some time with our top 40 prospects, and even with the solid help we received from a number of other Dodgers sites, could not determine just where Steve Ames should rank. He are making him one of our "Sleeper Picks" of the 2009 season.

Steve Ames, 21 and a solid 6-1, 205, attended Columbia Basin College, posting a 4-1 record with three saves with a 1.38 ERA as a freshman. In his second year he was named to All-NWAACC first team. He had a 6-4 record with two saves and a 1.88 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 86.1 innings pitched.

He attended Gonzaga University, in Spokane, Washington, in 2009 where he earned All-West Coast Conference honorable mention honors after posting an 8-2, 3.91 record over 15 games, 14 of them starts, with a team-high three complete games. He struck out 70 and walked 21.

He was drafted by the Dodgers in the 17th round, Los Angeles; 18 selection in the draft. He signed for a $40,000 bonus with insurance to pay for his last year of college. The Dodgers will also pay for his final year at Gonzaga.

Sent to Ogden, he worked 17 games, all in relief, and put up remarkable numbers. He gave up only 20 hits in 30 innings, walked but six and struck out 47.

He allowed one run in June and his second (and final) run in July, taking a microscopic 0.28 earned run into the final four games. He allowed four runs over his final 4.2 innings and finished with a 2.10 earned run average while allowing opponents only a .192 batting average.

He earned the Dodgers Pride Award in July, recording four saves with a 0.69 ERA in seven appearances. He also was a Pioneer League All-Star honorable mention.

Some scouts feel will be limited because his fastball is timed in 89-91 but the young man can pitch, a rare commodity in young pitchers who often record gaudy college record with only a blazing fastball.

Greg Maddux, who served two terms with the Dodgers late in his career, crafted a pretty good overall record with a fastball in the 85 mph range.

br tr 6-1 205
Born- March 14, 1988 in Vancouver, WA
Obtained- Selected in 17th round of 2009 draft

year	team     w-l   era  gm gs sv   in   h  bb  so  ave
2009	Az Rook  1-1  2.10  17  0  7  30.0  20  6  47  .192

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