Diamondbacks Sign Presbyterian RP Ben Dollar
Ben Dollar (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)

Posted Aug 2, 2008


Reid Mahon provides proof that undrafted free agent middle relievers can still blossom into top prospects. The Arizona Diamondbacks recently inked one such pitcher in Ben Dollar.

Reid Mahon ranked 23rd in the April FutureBacks Prospect Rankings despite originating as a five-year senior out of Minnesota who went unselected in the 2006 June Amateur Draft.  He will certainly rank even higher in our fall rankings, and could even earn a callup in September with a strong month of August.

The Diamondbacks may have made a similar find in Ben Dollar, who made his home in South Carolina before signing.  The Presbyterian College pitcher has a similar build to Mahon, but his fastball doesn't have quite the zip or the sink that Mahon's does yet, sitting comfortably at 90-92 MPH while Mahon gets his heavy sinker to 95-96.

“They knew I could throw hard," Dollar said.  "My scout (Howard McCullough) said that my size and stature was more appealing [than the velocity].  That’s really what got me here.”

Mahon required professional coaching to attain his potential, however.  The 6-foot-4 right-hander posted an ERA over 5.00 in each of his four seasons playing for the University of Minnesota.  Similarly, Dollar posted a 6.18 ERA in his junior year at Presbyterian College and a 7.76 ERA this season. 

The Diamondbacks were not the only team interested in Dollar.  The Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, and Washington Nationals had also spoken to him, with the Pirates additionally holding a tryout for the big right-hander.  Dollar has reported to Yakima, but has yet to pitch for the Bears.


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