Dodgers Draft Report Card
Best Pro Debut: Almost every high pick that Los Angeles sent to the Rookie-level Pioneer League fared well, none better than 1B James Loney (1), whom most teams preferred as a pitcher. Managers rated him the leagues No. 1 prospect, and he hit .350-5-35 between there and the high Class A Florida State League. LHP Eric Stults (15) also spent time at both stops and reached Double-A, going 4-1, 2.82 overall.
Best Athlete: Arizona State and Notre Dame recruited C Mike Nixon (3) as a quarterback before he accepted a scholarship to play safety at UCLA. He gave that up when he signed for $950,000, the highest bonus in the third round this year. Stults played basketball at Bethel (Ind.) College.
Best Pure Hitter: Loney has a pretty swing that should allow him to hit for a high average. 2B Delwyn Young (4) was considered the top hitter in the fertile California community college circuit.
Best Raw Power: Young gets the edge over 3B David Bagley (7).
Fastest Runner: Nixon is a 6.7-second runner in the 60. Draft-and-follow OF Jereme Milons is even faster.
Best Defensive Player: The Dodgers say Loney will win Gold Gloves at first base. Nixons agility and arm strength give him a high ceiling as a catcher.
Best Fastball: RHP Jonathan Broxtons (2) 6-foot-3, 260-pound build is as imposing as his 94-96 mph fastball. LHP Greg Miller (1), RHP Zach Hammes (2) and LHP Marshall Looney (6) all work in the low 90s.
Best Breaking Ball: Millers curveball. Draft-and-follow RHP Mike Rodriguez knuckle-curve can be a plus-plus pitch at times.
Most Intriguing Background: RHP Ryan Tracys (21) father Jim manages the Dodgers, and 3B Jon Rigglemans (37) dad Jim serves as his bench coach. Both players opted for junior college. RHP Ross Hawley (31) pitched with his identical twin Ryan at Kansas State. Unsigned 1B James McDonalds (11) father James was an NFL tight end. McDonald also is a cousin of Royals outfielder Donzell McDonald and Orioles minor league outfielder Darnell McDonald. OF Sambu Ndungidis (16) brother Ntema is an Orioles minor league outfielder.
Closest To The Majors: If Loney hadnt broken his left wrist, he would have gone to the Arizona Fall League as a high school draftee, which doesnt happen often. Stults headed to the AFL, which should further hasten his development. A plus slider is his best pitch.
Best Late-Round Pick: RHP Jarod Plummer (26) boosted his fastball to 92-93 mph and improved his breaking ball after turning pro.
The One Who Got Away: RHP Robert Ray (28) and LHP Danny Forrer (38) are two projectable, athletic pitchers who are now at Texas A&M and Auburn.
Assessment: The Dodgers wanted to add some productive bats to their system, and its hard to argue with the early returns on Logan Whites first draft as scouting director. Los Angeles didnt skimp on power arms either.
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