Jonathan Figueroa finished 2003 with a 1-8 record and a 4.94 ERA at South Georgia. (Dodgers)
LOS ANGELES -- Jonathan Figueroa, ranked as the Dodger organization's No. 2 prospect by Baseball America one year ago, struggled in 2003 but seems to have gotten back on track in the recent Venezuelan Winter League.
Figueroa, who started 2003 on the disabled list and finished with a 1-8 record and a 4.94 ERA at South Georgia, was 0-0 with a 0.71 ERA for Zulia over the winter, although 12 walks in 12 2/3 innings remain an area of concern.
The 20-year-old is 6-5 and 205 pounds. He signed with the Dodgers in 2002 for $500,000. He was 7-3 with a 1.42 ERA during his first professional season and was ranked just ahead of Edwin Jackson, who made a spectacular September Major League debut.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This article was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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