With a late surge, Aaron Miller was able to win the #9 prospect vote, holding off both Ethan Martin and Ivan De Jesus Jr. There is just one spot left in the coveted TBLA top 10 prospects for 2011, so it will be interesting to see who captures the #10 vote. Thus far, the TBLA Prospect List looks like:
1. Jerry Sands
2. Trayvon Robinson
3. Zach Lee
4. Rubby De La Rosa
5. Kenley Jansen
6. Dee Gordon
7. Chris Withrow
8. Allen Webster
9. Aaron Miller
Since I added quite a few names last time, the only player I’m going to add is Matt Magill. 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 throughout the weekend, which should give everyone a chance to vote. Also, if both Ethan Martin and Ivan De Jesus Jr. get the overwhelming majority of the support in this round, I’m probably going to award the #11 prospect to the 2nd place finisher. However, if I see that the vote is more spread out, we’ll have an actual #11 prospect vote starting on Monday. Finally, I think I’ve decided that we are going to go 20 deep in the prospect voting this year, with we are basically halfway done.
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The round 10 candidates (ages as of 2011 opening day):
Ethan Martin (21.75 years old) RHP – Martin had terrible stats in 2010, but his stuff is still solid. He throws in the mid 90’s, occasionally hitting 98, and has a big breaking curveball. He also has a developing changeup, and is still just 21 years old. His biggest problem last season related to the fact that his fastball lacked movement, so he needs to improve that as well as the mental aspect of his game.
Jonathan Garcia (19.25 years old) OF – Garcia played the entire 2010 season as an 18 year old and posted some very solid stats. The only caveat to his .305 average and 10 homers is that he did most of his damage at home in the Raptors hitter friendly park. He’s a little undersized at 5’11", but plays solid defense and at 19 years old he still could still hit a growth spurt.
Garrett Gould (19.5 years old) RHP – Gould had a solid season in the Pioneer League as a 19 year old (4.06 ERA, 3.39 FIP), although his velocity dipped a bit during the season. However, his drop in velocity can be explained by a couple of injuries and the fact that this was really his first full season of professional baseball. In addition to his fastball, he has a very strong curveball, and like most young pitchers is working on his changeup.
Scott Elbert (25.5 years old) LHP – Battled personal problems and injuries in 2010, but the lefty is still just 25 and has nasty stuff when he is able to get it over the plate. According to a recent interview, it sounds like he will be strictly a reliever in the future.
Kyle Russell (24.75 years old) OF – Best known for his plus power and his strikeout totals, most prospect hounds either love him or hate him. Russell dominated the California League before getting promoted to AA where he struggled initially before hitting a hot streak over the final month of the season. Kyle is also a solid defender with a very good arm in right field.
Nathan Eovaldi (21 years old) RHP – Throws gas, but has never recorded particularly high strikeout numbers. According to Charlie Hough, the low strikeout totals are due his poor command. Had a mediocre season in 2010, and was limited due to a mid season oblique strain. He is still being groomed as a starter, although it has been rumored that consistency with his breaking pitches will determine his future role.
Ivan De Jesus Jr (23.75 years old) 2B – A broken leg cost him virtually all of his 2009 season, but De Jesus responded pretty nice bounce-back year in 2010. Hit .296 with 7 homers, although it should be noted he played his home games the very hitter friendly stadium. He doesn’t really have a plus skill, but seems to hold his own in most aspects of the game and is still just 23 years old. He is basically limited to 2B now on an everyday basis, although he could probably play enough shortstop to fill the role of a middle infield utility player.
Brian Cavazos–Galvez (23 years old) OF – After an outstanding 2009 season, BCG got off to an extremely slow start with the Great Lakes Loons. By the time 2010 season was over, however, Cavazos-Galvez had put together one of the best all around seasons of any Dodger minor leaguer. He hit .318, smacked 18 homers, stole 43 bases, and drove in 77 runs. The negatives about BCG are that he was a little bit old for LoA, and that he isn’t a very strong outfield defender.
Matt Magill (21 years old) RHP – Magill surprised a lot of people with his great 2010 season, and even led the minor leagues with a .194 opponents’ batting average. Also had a 3.28 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, and had 9.6 strikeouts per 9 innings as a 20 year old. Some scouts describe his stuff as fringy, although throws in the low 90’s and has a slider that was too much for the Midwest League hitters.