Just four high school players were among the first 14 selections, and at the halfway point of the first round, the Dodgers added to that with Ethan Martin. However, commissioner Selig announced Martin as a third baseman, not a righthander. The Dodgers have had success with such athletes, such as James McDonald (from outfield to pitcher) and Edwin Jackson (who DH’d early in his career before going just to the mound).
Martin is the fifth high school player picked, with 10 college picks so far. Now we’re thinking high school again with Brett Lawrie the likely pick at 16 for the Brewers. Of course, BA’s Executive of the Year, Jack Zduriencik, never divulges such things, and this year the Brewers have extra picks this yea in the supplemental round. So they could get a little adventurous if they want to.
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