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Dodgers 2011 #3 Prospect Chat

Trayvon Robinson was the somewhat surprising winner of the round 2 vote, narrowly beating out both Zach Lee and Rubby De La Rosa.  Robinson accumulated 18 votes, while Lee had 16 and Rubby had 13.  Thus far, the TBLA Prospect List looks like:

1.     Jerry Sands

2.     Trayvon Robinson

For round 3, at the request of the voters I’m going to add Aaron Miller into the mix.  I’m also including Chris Withrow as an option because if I’m adding Miller, I think Withrow should also be in the discussion given his upside.  We are going to continue voting using the comment method, so refer to the fanpost and submit your vote in the comments.  I’m going to leave this vote open through the weekend to give everyone a chance to vote, and since we are not going to conduct any new voting on the weekends.

To make it obvious for those not reading the whole article, Click Here To Vote.

As always, use this thread to talk about the voting and other things, and only use the other Fanpost to submit your votes. 

The round 3 candidates:

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.

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.

Aaron Miller (23.5 years old) LHP – Was great in the California league, but struggled during his 23 innings in AA.  He doesn’t throw real hard, generally working in the low 90’s, but he has great control.  He also has a power slider and is working on a changeup.

Chris Withrow (22 years old) RHP – TBLA’s #1 prospect last year, Withrow had a very disappointing 2010 season in AA.  However he was one of the youngest players in the Southern League at just 21 years old, so he still have plenty of time to improve his game.  He still has great stuff, as Baseball America’s most recent report says that "he features a mid-90s fastball that bores and sinks, and he also spins a plus curveball in the mid-70s." 


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