SCOTTSDALE AZ - OCTOBER 23: Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly coaches for the Phoenix Desert Dogs during the AZ Fall League game against the Scottsdale Scorpions at Scottsdale Stadium on October 23 2010 in Scottsdale Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
With Jerry Sands running away with the #1 Dodger prospect vote off, it’s time to turn our attention to the #2 prospect in the Dodgers organization. The vote was close between Zach Lee and Sands for a while, but in the end Sands won the vote by an impressive margin, 31 to 20. Kenley Jansen, the high vote getter in the original (and flawed) poll finished with only 10 votes.
Given the success of the manual voting, in which TBLA members used comments to cast their vote, I’ve decided to continue with that method of voting for at least the next few rounds. This thread will serve as the informational post, and should also be used for all discussion regarding the voting (or anything else). The voting for the #2 Dodger prospect can be found in the fanpost section, and again please only use the comments there to cast your vote (voting only once of course).
Also, for this next round I’m not just going to limit the voting to the two runner ups to the #1 vote, but am instead re-introducing all of the options from the original vote. Starting in round 3, I’ll most likely add even more options, so feel free to suggest who needs to be added. Anyways, for Round #2 of the Dodger prospect voting, here are the options:
Zach Lee (19.5 years old) RHP – 2010 1st round pick given a $5.25M bonus has solid makeup and 3 potential plus pitches. He is expected to move quickly throw the minor league system, though he signed too late to play in 2010. Baseball America’s most recent report says that he has "90-93 mph fastball that peaks at 95, with plenty of running, boring action and exquisite command".
Kenley Jansen (23.5 years old) RHP – Dominated the minor leagues, and then went on to record the 4th lowest major league rookie ERA in major league history (min 25 innings) at 0.67. Still technically a rookie heading into 2011, major league batters also hit just .130 against him. Will almost certainly stay in the bullpen for the rest of his career.
Dee Gordon (22.75 years old) SS – Has a .297 career minor league batting average and has 126 stolen bases over the past 2 seasons, and scouts still describe him as very raw with a ton of potential. Was one of the younger players in AA in 2010, and despite making a lot of errors at shortstop, many believe he has the tools to one day be a plus defender.
Trayvon Robinson (23.5 years old) OF – Is a switching hitting center fielder that has shown a ton of improvement over the past few years and has posted all around solid and consistent stats. He hit .300 in 2010 for the second season in a row, and was able to improve his OBP from .373 in 2009 to .404 in 2010. He also stole 38 bases in AA and had an OPS of .842
Allen Webster (21 years old) RHP – Webster has been excellent in his 3 minor league seasons, and has a career minor league ERA of 2.76 in 218.1 innings. While his strikeout rate dropped a bit in 2010, his 131.1 innings with the Loons as 20 year old almost doubled his workload from the previous year, so it was expected that he’d tire a bit. He has a low 90’s fastball that hits 94 and has a lot of sink, and his curveball is very solid.
Rubby De La Rosa (22 years old) RHP – Always known for his strong fastball, De La Rosa burst onto the prospect scene in 2010 with a 2.37 ERA in 110.1 innings and won the Dodgers minor league pitcher of the year award. His season was split pretty evenly between LoA and AA, and he actually improved most of his stats upon getting promoted to Chattanooga. He was clocked at 100 mph this year and also has a power slider and a changeup that has potential.