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The Los Angeles Dodgers have combed the independent leagues and came up with a Slammer. The Dodgers have purchased the rights of Joliet Slammers outfielder Joe Meggs, according to the Slammers website.
Meggs, a product of the University of Washington, made the most of his first year in independent baseball. In 35 games, he batted .289, and drove in 12 with an eye-popping .353 OBP. Statistics like these aren't anything to write home about, but eight strikeouts in 121 at-bats is. Bat control and an ability to put the ball in play is a trait any team can look highly upon. Recording only six walks is something Meggs will need to work on while working his way up the ladder. If his ability to get on base is any indication, the Dodgers have picked up a winner.
Meggs' ascension up the ranks shouldn't be a surprise for anyone who's followed his university career.
Splitting time between Indiana State and the University of Washington, he accumulated over 600 at-bats over four years. His career batting average is .297 and his OBP is nearly .380 (.379). Meggs' Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP) of .328 shows just how good he's able to hit and place the ball.
Despite the lack of powers numbers, the Dodgers know what they're getting.