Prospect Profile: Brett Dowdy

Last week the Padres traded Todd Donovan to the Dodgers for a young infielder named Brett Dowdy. It was a classic case of both sides leaving the table happy. The Dodgers were looking for someone on the cusp of the bigs while the Padres were looking for depth further down in the system. MadFriars.com breaks down the Padres newest member, Brett Dowdy.

Name

Brett Dowdy

Position

Third Base/Second Base

Age

22

Height

6'0"

Weight

189

Bats

Right

Throws

Right

2004 Club

Hi A Vero Beach (Dodgers)/Double-A Jacksonville (Dodgers)

 

 

Past and Future:  Brett Dowdy was drafted in the 37th round of the 2001 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, but chose to attend Florida University instead.  Good call.  In 2003 the Dodgers took the young second basemen in the ninth round of the 2003 draft, moving up nearly 800 choices.  The Dodgers were looking for outfield help closer to the big league level, so last week they traded Dowdy to the Padres for MadFriars.com favorite Todd Donovan.

 

"I didn't know exactly what was going on with the trade. I knew there was a possibility something would happen.  They told me I was going to San Diego.  I am pretty excited about that.  I know there are going to be plenty of opportunities." Dowdy said after the trade.

 

The opportunities should present themselves almost immediately.  While Josh Barfield is considered the Padres second baseman of the future, Dowdy's defensive abilities, and versatility, offer the Padres a lot of options, most notably at third base, where the Padres are thin up and down the system.  Whether he is a Major League caliber player will largely be determined by his offensive production this season at Lo-A Fort Wayne.

 

2004 Team

Batting Avg.

HR

RBI

K/BB

Hi A Vero Beach

.188

1

6

20/12

Double-A Jacksonville

.273

0

5

20/8

 

ETA:  Because of the Padres weakness at third base Dowdy will likely have an opportunity to make his mark in the Padres organization quickly.  Padres Director of Minor League Development Tye Waller agrees.

 

"His ability to play a number of positions on the infield and outfield was a plus." Waller said after the trade, "He will probably play third base and all over.  We were looking for some depth and experience at the lower levels and Brett gives us that.  In the few games I saw him, I liked the way he handled himself."


MadFriars Top Stories