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Dodgers Draft Preview
By Josh Boyd
Scouting Director: Logan White (first draft: 2002)
2000 Draft (First five rounds, picking 17th)
2001 Draft (First five rounds, picking 24th)
2002 Draft (First five rounds, picking 19th)
Of course it's too early to know for sure, but White had a potential impact draft tabbing high-ceiling high schoolers with his next four picks. The Dodgers passed on John Mayberry Jr., who was picked by the Mariners 28th overall but ended up at Stanford because of bonus demands in excess of $3 million, but were pleased when Loney stepped into the Rookie-level Pioneer League and hit .371-5-30 in 170 at-bats before an aggressive promotion to high Class A Vero Beach.
White's affinity for easy-throwing lefthanders was evident with the selection of Greg Miller, last year's poster boy for projectability. Miller was throwing in the low 80s early last spring. As the youngest player in the Florida State League this year, Miller has touched 94 mph.
The Dodgers would be one of the teams to benefit from a college-heavy first round. White and the Dodgers tend to favor athletes, live arms and projections, mostly from the high school ranks.
The strength of this draft is lefthanders, which could make for a perfect fit for the Dodgers with the 24th pick. Florida southpaw Andrew Miller is sliding down the board because of his inconsistent performances and raw delivery, but he would be hard to pass up for the Dodgers. Aside from the draft, though, Los Angeles could make another splash in the international market, as they have done the last two seasons with Venezuelan Jonahthan Figueroa and Dominican Joel Guzman.