Invite 10 minor leaguers to Spring Training

LHP Greg Miller

The Dodgers have invited 10 minor league players to Spring Training. Included are pitchers Greg Miller, Agustin Montero and Rodney Myers, infielders Ricky Bell and James Loney, outfielders Franklin Gutierrez and Shane Victorino and catchers Edwin Bellorin, Ryan Kellner and Russell Martin.

Miller, 19, the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2003, went a combined 12-5 with a 2.21 ERA in 25 starts for Single-A Vero Beach and Double-A Jacksonville. The left-hander was 11-4 with a 2.49 ERA in 21 starts for Vero Beach and was named to the Florida State League All-Star team, as he finished the season third in ERA and fourth in wins. Miller was promoted to Jacksonville and in his first start, pitched 7.0 shutout innings on Aug. 3 vs. Chattanooga. He was 1-1 with a 1.01 ERA in four starts at Double-A, where he was 18 years old upon his promotion, the youngest player in the league. He is ranked by Baseball America as the Dodgers' second-best prospect and the second-best prospect in the Florida State League. The publication also tabbed Miller as having the best curveball and slider in the Dodger organization.

The right-handed Montero, 26, split the season between Jacksonville and Triple-A Las Vegas, going 4-3 with a 4.31 ERA in 51 relief appearances. He was 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA in 16 games with Jacksonville and 2-2 with a 4.97 ERA for the 51s. Montero has pitched nine minor league seasons with the Oakland and Los Angeles organizations.

Myers, 34, spent most of the 2003 season pitching for Las Vegas, where he was named the Most Valuable Pitcher by the 51s as he went 9-1 with a save and a 3.30 ERA in 46 games. He also appeared in four games for Los Angeles without a decision. In parts of eight Major League seasons with Chicago (NL), San Diego and Los Angeles, the right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.11 ERA.

Bell, 24, spent the entire season at Las Vegas and batted a career-high .294 with 25 doubles, seven triples, five home runs and 49 RBI in 91 games. In his last two seasons as the 51s regular third baseman, Bell has batted .281 with 51 doubles, 18 home runs and 126 RBI. He is the son of former Major League player and manager Buddy Bell, the brother of Philadelphia infielder David Bell and the grandson of former Major Leaguer Gus Bell.

Vero Beach first baseman Loney, 19, batted .276 with a team-leading 31 doubles, seven home runs and 46 RBI in 125 games. He tied for first among FSL first basemen with 89 assists and Baseball America chose him as the seventh-best prospect in the league. The Dodgers' first-round selection in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft has a two-year minor league batting average of .301 with 59 doubles, 12 home runs and 81 RBI in 189 games.

The 20-year-old Gutierrez was the Dodgers' Minor League Player of the Year as he batted .282 with 28 doubles, 20 home runs, 68 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 110 games at Vero Beach and then .313 with three doubles, four homers, 12 RBI and three stolen bases in 18 games for Jacksonville. The native of Venezuela represented the World Team at the Major League Futures Game in Chicago and played in the Florida State League All-Star Game. Gutierrez was selected to the FSL postseason All-Star Team, to the Topps Class-A All-Star Team and was tabbed as the third-best prospect in the Dodger organization by Baseball America.

Victorino, 23, started the 2003 season on San Diego's big league roster after being selected from the Dodgers in the Rule 5 Draft in December of 2002. He played in 36 games for the Padres before returning to the Dodger organization on May 28. The right-handed batter hit .282 with nine doubles, four triples, two home runs, 15 RBI and 16 stolen bases for Jacksonville before being promoted to Las Vegas. With the 51s, Victorino batted .390 with a double, two triples, one home run and nine RBI in 11 games. The speedy outfielder has 149 stolen bases, 262 runs scored and a .272 batting average in 429 career minor league games.

Bellorin is rated as the Dodger minor league organization's top defensive catcher by Baseball America. The 21-year-old split the season between Vero Beach, where he had nine doubles, three home runs and 28 RBI in 67 games and Jacksonville, where he hit .193 in 17 games. He has a five-year minor league career batting average of .253.

Kellner, 26, played the entire season for Las Vegas where he batted .209 with 11 doubles and 14 RBI in 48 games. He also posted a .989 fielding percentage behind the plate.

Martin, 20, batted .286 with four doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI in 25 games for South Georgia and .271 with 13 doubles, six home runs and 36 RBI in 52 games for Rookie-level Ogden. Martin has a two-year minor league batting average of .286.

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