Draft Report Cards: Los Angeles Dodgers
BEST PURE HITTER
|Critics said the Dodgers drafted Lee so they could save money by not signing him, but they got the deal done with a backloaded $5.25 million contract. They made their draft on deadline day by landing Lee, Pederson and Schebler.
Bonus Spending: $8.0 million
: OF Leon Landry (4) has proven his prowess with wood bats, hitting .364 in the Cape Cod League last summer and .349/.399/.510 at Rookie-level Ogden in his pro debut. OFs Joc Pederson (11) and Scott Schebler (26) also have upside with the bat. » BEST POWER HITTER
: OF Noel Cuevas (21) has the most raw power but also a lot of holes in his swing. OF Blake Dean (8), who hit 56 homers in four seasons at Louisiana State, has the most present power. » FASTEST RUNNER
: OF James Baldwin (4), who has plus-plus speed, stole 17 bases in 20 pro attempts. » BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER
: Baldwin has Gold Glove potential in center field. Landry, another legitimate center fielder, is more refined at this point.
: RHP Zach Lee (1) has a 90-93 mph fastball that peaks at 95, with plenty of running, boring action and exquisite command. RHP Ralston Cash (2) throws 91-94 mph but isn't as polished. » BEST SECONDARY PITCH
: RHP Derek Cone's (31) plus curveball is a strikeout pitch. Lee has a hard three-quarters breaking ball.
ODDS AND ENDS
BEST PRO DEBUT
: SS Jake Lemmerman (5) won MVP honors in the Pioneer League after hitting .363/.434/.610 at Ogden with league highs in runs (69) and doubles (24). RHPs Red Patterson (29) and Shawn Tolleson (30) joined him on the Pioneer League all-star team. Patterson went 6-1, 3.33 with 66 strikeouts in 68 innings. Tolleson, who battled injuries and inconsistency during four years at Baylor, conquered both in pro ball and had a 0.63 ERA, 17 saves and a 39-5 K-BB ratio in 29 innings. Both throw in the low 90s and have a solid second pitch. » BEST ATHLETE
: Baldwin is rangy and projectable, reminding the Dodgers of Garret Anderson with more speed and athleticism. Lee was one of the top quarterback recruits in the nation and attended summer football camp at Louisiana State before signing. » MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND
: Los Angeles drafted six players with big league connections. OF Devon Ethier's (32) brother Andre is an all-star outfielder for the Dodgers. Baldwin (James), LHP Ryan Christenson (7, Gary), unsigned RHP Chad Wallach (43, Tim) and unsigned 2B Anthony Garcia (48, Leo) all have fathers who played in the majors, and the senior Wallach and Garcia managed and coached in the Los Angeles system in 2010. 1B Beau Brett (35) is the nephew of Hall of Famer George Brett and former all-star Ken Brett. Unsigned 1B Cody Martin's (47) brother Ethan was the Dodgers' 2008 first-round pick. » CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS
: Landry or Tolleson, but don't rule out Lee. » BEST LATE-ROUND PICK
: Pederson and Schebler, with Tolleson and Cone as deeper sleepers. » THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY
: RHP Kevin Gausman (6) flashed first-round ability, but his $4 million price tag sent him to Louisiana State.