Question: What is the long term plan for Ivan DeJesus Jr.? Dee Gordon seems to have more longterm upside and Blake DeWitt has blocked him at second. Colin, Los Angeles
Tony Jackson: Yes, Colin, it does appear that Gordon has passed DeJesus in the pecking order. However, if the Dodgers don't re-sign Furcal after next season, Gordon won't be ready by 2012. DeJesus might be ready by 2012. But to answer your question, DeJesus is no longer considered the Dodgers' shortstop of the future. He probably projects as a utility guy -- or perhaps trade bait.
Q: After the deadline deals that the Dodgers have made in recent years (Casey Blake, Manny Ramirez, George Sherrill, etc), what depth does the club have in the farm system? Does the club have any prospects that are highly coveted by other teams that could be used to trade for an ace? Brian, Westchester, Calif.
TJ: Brian, I don't think they have a whole lot of talent at the upper levels, although Chin-lung Hu and Lucas May have made huge strides in the past 12 months. But the lower rungs are loaded with talent. At the same time, GM Ned Colletti's track record is such that he tends to try to keep as many prospects in the organization as he can, so if the Dodgers have a chance to make a key acquisition at this year's deadline, I doubt they'll give up a prized prospect to do it.
Q: It seems like Trayvon Robinson, Josh Lindblom, Chris Withrow and Brian Cavazos-Galvez are impressing this spring. What can you tell us about these guys? Erik, Los Angeles
TJ: Lindblom is the only member of that group with a shot at being in the bigs sometime this year. But Robinson and Withrow are highly valued prospects, and Withrow probably is untouchable when it comes to trade talks. As for Cavazos-Galvez, he was a low-round pick last summer, but he had an outstanding short season at Ogden, and he definitely opened some eyes when he hit that monster home run against Texas when the Dodgers borrowed him from minor league camp for a Cactus League game on March 14. But you won't hear from him for a few years.