1 Chat and Vote - Chris Withrow
2 Chat and Vote - Dee Gordon
3 Chat and Vote - Scott Elbert
4 Chat and Vote - Ivan DeJesus
5.Chat and Vote - Ethan Martin
6.Chat and Vote - Andrew Lambo
7. Aaron Miller
8. Chat and Vote - Josh Lindlbom
9. Chat and vote - Trayvon Robinson
10. Chat and vote - Nathan Eovaldi
11. Xavier Paul
It took two different votes but Nathan Eovaldi holds off Xavier Paul to win the coveted TBLA 10 spot. A near dead heat in the first vote resulted in a run off vote that was close for most of the day, but the late afternoon/evening crowd pushed Eovaldi into the lead by 18 votes.
Now this may ruffle some feathers but I'm not putting Paul back out there. He got enough support for the 10 spot that I'm putting him in at 11. I don't agree with it but the voters have given him plenty of support. The vote is on for 12 and I'm adding the youngest player in the organization.
We all have our reasons for who and why we vote for someone. For me the next three spots are between the teen-agers. The high bonus golden arm of Garrett Gould or the promise of Jonathan Garcia or the unexpected brilliance of Allen Webster.
Fricking crazy that I'm talking about three guys who were born after 1990.
Anybody else you would like to have the voters have a crack at? Lucas May, Jamie Hoffman, Brent Leach, Francisco Felix, Travis Schlichting, Justin Sellers, Javy Guerra, Pedro Baez, Steven Caseres, Jamie Ortiz, Tim Sexton, Kenley Jansen, Tony Delmonico, Jamie Pedroza, Gerald Sands, Geison Aguasviva, Jon Michael Redding , Allen St. Clair, Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Gorman Erickson, Franklin Jacobs, Mario Songco, Brett Wallach, Jonathan Garcia, Danny Danielson, Roberto Feliciano.
|7/19/1991||Garrett Gould||2009 No 2||Gould only pitched in three games for Ogden so any support for him will have to come from what he did in high school. From the baseball factory:
Gould is a big, strong RHP who is aggressive with his fastball that pushes into the low 90s. There is some deception to his high effort delivery and a curve ball with bite and change with fade round out his repetoireThis is what Kensai has to say about him
|2/10/1990||Allen Webster||No 18 2008||Where did he come from? Just an 18th round pick in 2008, Webster was ranked by BA as the 3rd best prospect in the Arizona League, where this 19 year old turned some heads. From BA
No AZL player boosted his prospect stock this season as much as Webster, who's listed in the MLB database by his first name (Carl) but prefers to go by his middle name. An 18th-round pick in 2008, he walked 17 batters in 18 innings during his first pro season in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. After moving to Arizona when the Dodgers shifted their complex-based affiliate, he posted a 56-14 K-BB ratio in 48 innings before continuing to excel following a promotion to the Rookie-level Pioneer League. Though Webster still is growing into his 6-foot-2, 165-pound frame, he already has a fastball that reaches 94-95 mph. He throws strikes with his heater, as well as with a plus breaking ball and a promising changeup that he needs to use more often. Dodgers pitching instructor George Culver said an improved delivery was the key to Webster's big step forward. "He had a lot of issues with it last year. He was a green pea," said Culver. "His mechanics right now are as good as you want to see with a kid with no more pitching experience than he's had.
|7/24/1986||Scott Van Slyke||2005 No 14||Great bloodlines looked to be naught until this year. The Dodgers were aggressive in promoting Van Slyke year after year even though he stunk at each level. In 2008 he had an OPS of .638 when he was inexplicably promoted from the A ball to A+ ball. In 2009 he spent the full season in A+ ball and his his first taste of success. He swatted 69 XBH and ended the season with a .907 OPS. He was not recognized by BA as a top prospect in the league as everyone is curious if he will continue to hit once he leaves the easier offensive setting of the Cal League. This one is for Canuck, I'm not much of a fan but if Canuck wants to make an argument for him, I'd be willing to listen.
|6/27/1986||Kyle Russell||2008 No 3||The Good - CO-MVP of the MWL, led the league in Home Runs with 26, Total Bases with 262, RBI's with 102, 3rd in OPS at .916, 6th in Walks with 72, did not hit into one DP, Stole 20 bases and was only caught twice. Considered an excellent outfielder who has the arm for right field. That looks like one hell of an outfielder doesn't it. To bad about the negatives, one he can't control and the other he's unable to. He's 23 which is old for the MWL. The other is that his K Rate is a killer. He struck out 180 times in 563 plate appearances at the age of 23 in A ball. I want to believe in Kyle Russell but the reality is that this may have been his best season. When looking at other 23 year olds who dominated the MWL over the last five years, no one has been able to keep it going. I can't find any comp's for someone who strikes out at that rate, at that age, at that level who was successful. Russell Branyan did it but he was 20 years old when he did it. So even without the K rate he's going to have a tough time ever bringing that power to Dodger Stadium.
|11/11/1991||Jonathan Garcia||2009 8th round||Garcia played all summer as a 17 year old in the Arizona Rookie League. Among the regulars his OPS was only bettered by 21 year old Nick Akins. Easily the youngest player in the organization he was able to post a solid .862 OPS and was honored by BA as the 9th best prospect in the league. They had this to say about him :
The Dodgers may have gotten a steal when they selected Garcia out of Puerto Rico in the eighth round of the 2009 draft. He had a reputation in high school as a player who was better in workouts than in games, but that wasn't the case in the AZL. He hit .304 with 16 doubles in 138 at-bats. Garcia, 17, is very aggressive at the plate and the ball jumps off his bat. He has power to all fields and is expected to get stronger. He worked closely with hitting coach Leo Garcia and continually made adjustments during games.
TBLA Number 12
Allen Webster (25 votes)
Garrett Gould (45 votes)
Jonathan Garcia (10 votes)
Kyle Russell (16 votes)
Scott Van Slyke (8 votes)
104 total votes