My Dodgers Top 200 "Prospect" Ranking

Welcome to the most comprehensive analysis of the Dodgers minor league system. For the next few months, I am going to provide a summary of every player in the Dodgers minor league system who meets the following qualifications: (1) played in the Dodgers minor league system during 2009, or was injured during the entire 2009 season; (2) is still with within the Dodgers organization as of season end; (3) is under 28 years old as of Opening Day 2010; and (4) the player is still considered a prospect by Baseball America Standards, which means that pitchers must have less than 50 innings pitched in the majors, and hitters must have less than 130 at bats in the majors. Like Baseball America, I do not take into account service time, and therefore it is possible that I have included prospects who will not technically be rookies in 2010 (i.e. Brent Leach).

The players are going to be listed by how I rank them as a prospect. Just like last year, the list is almost exactly 200 players, and I will start from #200 (actually, #201 this year), and work my way to who I think is the #1 prospect in the Dodgers system. I’ve included where each prospect played in 2009, how each was acquired by the Dodgers, their height, weight, and age as of the start of the 2010 season, and finally their 2009 combined minor league statistics. Also, since this is my second year completing these rankings, I’ll include my prior year ranking, my review of how accurate I was during my prior year ranking, and obviously a current year discussion about the player. I will generally post 10 players at a time, and will try to post at least once a week. The first 100 players will probably be unknown to most people, but look at it as a way to get to know the Dodgers minor league system even better. Feel free to discuss, comment, and let me know what you think.

**As an FYI, I am also posting this list in the Dodgers section of the forum (as I did last year), but given that a lot of people who read True Blue LA do not go to, I thought I'd post my list here as well

201. Taiwan Perry, LF (18 games in Arizona League in 2009)

Signed by Dodgers in 2009

6’0", 185 lbs, 21.75 years old, bats right handed

.050 average, 0 HR’s, 2 RBI’s, 0 SB’s

Prior Year Ranking: N/A

There are two questions that surround Taiwan Perry: where did he come from, and how can anyone be that bad? While I can’t provide too much insight on either of these questions, I can tell you that based on his myspace and twitter accounts, he likes Kim Kardashian, was a Reds fan growing up, and fell in love for the first time at age 16. In regards to baseball, I really don’t know where he came from, and I’m assuming the Dodgers saw him play somewhere and decided to sign him to fill out their rookie league roster. The only thing that was somewhat interesting about him during last season was that I wanted to see how low his average could go. He didn’t get his first hit until August 10th, and by August 25th I believe his average was at.031. But then, he unfortunately got a hit in his 2nd to last game of the season, and ended the year batting .050. Needless to say he has no future with the Dodgers, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t return in 2010.

200. Parker Dalton, 3B (55 games in LoA in 2009)

Drafted by Dodgers 2007, 24th round

6’1", 185 lbs, 26.75 years old, bats right handed

.169 average, 1 HR’s, 14 RBI, 1 SB

Prior Year Ranking: 195

I ranked Parker Dalton #195 last season, and I think my assessment of his baseball skills was right on. Dalton had a bad 2008, and an even worse 2009. He has no power, can’t hit for average, and strikes out way too much (27.3% of plate appearances in 2009). However, I can’t help but like Dalton as a person. His teammates call him Pops because they say he is wise beyond his years. In addition, he has overcome melanoma, a very serious type of skin cancer, which is why he started his professional baseball career at such an advanced age. I think that Dalton was more of a player/coach for the Loons during 2009, and I believe that he may have that same role in the future.

199. Esteban Lopez, C (49 games in LoA in 2009)

Drafted by Dodgers 2006, 25th round

6’1", 210 lbs, 25.75 years old, bats right handed

.203 average, 3 HR’s, 22 RBI’s, 1 SB

Prior Year Ranking: 169

Esteban Lopez has always had the reputation as a strong defensive catcher who can’t hit. During his two years at the University of Hawaii, he only made four errors, yet hit .260 as a senior. Unfortunately this trend has continued into his professional career. He hit .243 in 2008, and just .203 in 2009. His horrid average can partially be attributed to his extremely low batting average for balls in play (.245), but I think the bigger problem is that he just can’t hit. Last year I said he had a good build for a catcher, and would probably get a chance to prove himself in HiA. Well, he still has a good catchers body, but he played in LoA instead of HiA, and obviously did nothing to prove himself. Even my #169 ranking last year was probably a little too high, which is why I dropped him to the very bottom this year. At 25 years old, the only reason the Dodgers may keep him in their system is to help out with all the pitchers during Spring Training.

198. Geraldo Martinez, LHP (6 innings in Dominican Summer League in 2009)

Signed by Dodgers 10/23/07

6’0", 162 lbs, 22 years old

0-2, 9.00 ERA, 2.17 WHIP, 4.50 K/9

Prior Year Ranking: 156

Last year, I talked about how Martinez had a good second half in 2008, and how if he had a good 2009, he’d have a chance to play in the U.S. in 2010. Well, he didn’t hold up his end of the bargain. I’m not sure why Geraldo Martinez was only limited to 6 innings in 2009, but whatever the reason, it really hurt Geraldo’s progress and basically killed any chance he had to make it with the Dodgers. When the 2010 season starts, Geraldo will be a 22 year old with 23 innings of professional experience (all in the DSL). That being said, he may not even warrant another look, so he may not even be back with the team next season.

197. Ryan Arp, C (17 games in Arizona League, 1 game in AAA in 2009)

Drafted by Dodgers 2008, 45th round

6’0", 185 lbs, 24.25 years old, bats right handed

.167 average, 1 HR’s, 8 RBI, 0 SB’s

Prior Year Ranking: 176

Not much has changed for Ryan Arp from 2008 to 2009, so I’m going to repeat some of the information from last year. Arp was the Dodgers very last draft pick in the 2008 draft, and he ended up signing with the team because he had already graduated from Upper Iowa University. It’s actually surprising that he was even drafted at all because he only hit .208 during his senior year, but apparently he is a pretty good defensive catcher. After a respectable showing in the Pioneer Rookie League in 2008, the Dodgers demoted Arp to the Arizona Rookie League for the majority of 2009 where he was awful. Nevertheless, the Dodgers picked Arp when they needed a backup catcher in AAA after AJ Ellis was promoted to the majors. He played in one game in September, and then was probably a reserve on the Isotopes playoff roster. Overall, despite his cameo in AAA, Arp has no chance to make it to the majors, but may continue to help out a few young pitchers along the way by playing solid defense behind the plate.

196. Irvit Mendez, RHP (1.3 innings in Dominican Summer League in 2009)

Signed by Dodgers in 2008

6’6", 225 lbs, 19.75 years old

0-0, 27.00 ERA, 8.25 WHIP, 13.50 K/9

Prior Year Ranking: 175

In 2008, Irvit Mendez made one appearance in the DSL and allowing 4 runs without getting an out. In 2009, Mendez made three appearances, and again allowed 4 runs, although this time he was able to also get 4 outs. Is that considered that an improvement? I’m not sure, but either way, the biggest problem for Mendez is his control. He walked 5 batters in his one appearance last year, and 7 batters in his 1.3 innings this year. That’s just ridiculous. The two positives about Mendez are his age and his size. He’ll still be 19 years old when the 2010 season starts, and I’m sure he’ll return to the DSL (if he returns at all). As for his size, Mendez amazingly grew from 6’0" to 6’6" in the past year. That growth spurt could have contributed to this control problems, but in the long run, if he learns to use that size to his advantage, he could eventually move up through the system.

195. Tommy Perez, RHP (2 innings in Arizona League in 2009)

Signed by Dodgers 9/7/03

6’4", 167 lbs, 23.5 years old

0-0, 9.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 0.00 K/9

Prior Year Ranking: N/A

I didn’t rank Tommy Perez in my top 200 last year because he missed all of 2007 and 2008, so I had thought that he had been released. But alas, he resurfaced in 2009, even though it was only for two brief one inning appearances. Looking back at Tommy’s career, it seems that injuries have been a consistent theme. After pitching 44 innings in his debut in 2004, Perez has only pitched 22 innings since. Not a great track record. However, Perez will be just 23 and a half years old at the start of the 2010 season, and has a good pitching frame at 6’4". Therefore, if he can somehow find a way to get healthy, Perez may still have a chance to make a splash in the Dodgers minor league system.

194. Garett Green, 3B (49 games in HiA, 17 games in Arizona League in 2009)

Drafted by Dodgers 2008, 30th round

5’11", 190 lbs, 25 years old

.235 average, 4 HR, 32 RBI’s, 1 SB

Prior Year Ranking: 181

Garett Green had a subpar and injury riddled season in 2009 while playing most of the season at HiA (his time in Arizona was spent rehabbing his injury). As I mentioned last year, he has no chance to make it to the big leagues. Drafted out of San Diego State in 2008, the highlight of his baseball career will probably be that he got to play college ball with Stephen Strasburg. At the end of the day, age is the biggest factor for Garett Green, as he’ll be 25 years old at the start of the 2010 season. If he’s back with the club in 2010, he’ll most likely return to Hi-A.

193. Steve Cilladi, C (14 games in Arizona League, 1 game in HiA in 2009)

Drafted by Dodgers 2009, 33rd round

5’9", 182 lbs, 23 years old, bats right handed

.119 average, 0 HR’s, 3 RBI’s, 0 SB’s

Prior Year Ranking: N/A

Besides the great Taiwan Perry and 18 year old Jorkey Infante, Steve Cilladi had the lowest OPS of any Dodger minor leaguer at .379. It is true that he only played in 15 games, but still, that is just awful. The only reason that he isn’t ranked last is that he will be 23 years old when the 2010 season starts, instead of 24 or 25 like some of the other players. Anyways, to provide a little background on Cilladi, his dad was a former athletic trainer for the Rockies and Cubs, so I’m sure he knows something about conditioning. He played college ball in the NAIA with the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes, and during his four seasons there, Steve hit .267 with 76 hits, so he wasn’t exactly a masher in college either. In fact, he wasn’t even the full time starting catcher during his Senior year. I’m not sure why the Dodgers spent a pick on draft pick on Cilladi, even if it was a 33rd rounder, but I wish him the best of luck, and I guess he’ll be one of the backup catchers for the Dodgers in the Pioneer League next year.

192. Jose Sanchez, LF (1 game in Dominican Summer League in 2009)

Signed by Dodgers 2/9/07

6’2", 175 lbs, 19.75 years old, bats right handed

.200 average, 0 HR’s, 0 RBI’s, 0 SB’s

Prior Year Ranking: 151

After playing in 5 DSL games during the 2008 season, Sanchez decided to take even more time off during 2009, and played in only 1 game. Apparently he had some kind of an injury because he was on the DL from mid June until the end of the season, but I have no idea what that injury was. Last year, I actually had some high hopes for Sanchez given his young age, his experience (2009 was actually his 3rd professional season), and his ideal size for an outfielder. After another injury shortened season, however, I don’t see how Jose will be able to make up for so much lost time. He’ll still be just 19 years old to start the 2010 season, but there is no doubt that he’ll be in the DSL yet again, that is if he comes back at all.

191. Nick DeBarr, RHP (29.3 innings in AAA in 2009)

Signed by Dodgers 11/30/08

6’3", 245 lbs, 26.5 years old

2-0, 7.36 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, 7.67 K/9

Prior Year Ranking: N/A

Nick Debarr is an injury prone 26 year old who struggled mightily in his first season in the Dodgers system. Originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 14th round of the 2002 draft, DeBarr started his professional career with three mediocre seasons, posting ERA’s of 4.59, 4.15, and 4.91. Unfortunately, he then underwent Tommy John surgery before the 2005 season, and missed the entire year. However, he came back even stronger in 2006 with a 2.74 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in HiA, and then continued to move up the ladder in the Ray’s system in 2007 and 2008. Eligible for free agency after the 2008 season, the Dodgers picked up DeBarr as a long shot to help out in the bullpen. Although he put up fairly solid stats in spring training (3.86 ERA in 7 innings), the Dodgers didn’t have enough room on their 25 man roster for him, and he was sent to AAA. There he was pretty horrible, and apparently got hurt in mid July as he didn’t pitch after July 12th. I doubt the Dodgers will re-sign Debarr for 2010, but if they do, he’ll definitely be in AAA again to trying to prove his worth.

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