Monasterios: A Monster on the Mound

Justin MarkowitzContributor IMarch 22, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Carlos Monasterios of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses during media photo day on February 27, 2010 at the Ballpark at Camelback Ranch, in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Over the hills and through the woods, the Dodgers have lost a few good names like Pedro Martinez, Paul Konerko, and Vlad Guerrerro. Once again, there is a new, young phenom. brewing in the Dodgers' organization.  

Carlos Monasterios is a 24 year old pitcher trying to make sure his name is on the 25 man roster. This kid has the stuff to become another young, great relief or starting pitcher for the Dodgers, which has been pretty common in recent years. Not much is really known about Monasterios, but he is quickly becoming a coach favorite by pitching aggressively and doing what he needs to do.

In just three appearances this spring, he has been lights out. In eight innings pitched, he's allowed no runs and just two hits. Since Monasterios is a Rule Five draft pick, if he doesn't make the club this year, the Dodgers won't have a possible way to keep him. He could possibly take Belisario's role on the team as the seventh inning guy and it has been rumored that he could fight for the fifth starter.

Whatever happens with Monasterios, his bright future is shining now and hopefully the Dodgers jump on it before it's too late.