Dodgers Draft Report Card




QUICK TAKE
Lefthanders with stuff like Miller's don't usually last until the No. 36 pick, and if his debut is any indication he could be a steal. The Dodgers rarely venture over MLB's slots , but they paid Gould more than Miller ($900,000 vs. $889,200) to make sure they got him.
POSITION PLAYERS

BEST PURE HITTER: C J.T. Wise (5) or OF Brian Cavazos-Galvez (12). Wise hit .338/.401/.566 at Rookie-level Ogden, while Cavazos-Galvez batted .322/.353/.618 there. >> BEST POWER HITTER: OF Blake Smith (2) needs to cut down on his strikeouts, but he crushes balls when he makes contact. OF Angelo Songco (4), Wise and Cavazos-Galvez all have good power. >> FASTEST RUNNER: SS/2B Casio Grider (14) has plus-plus speed and stole 22 bases in 24 tries in the Rookie-level Arizona League. >> BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: OF Jonathan Garcia (8) has good range and arm strength in center field.

PITCHERS

BEST FASTBALL: LHP Aaron Miller (1) was primarily an outfielder in his first two years at Baylor, but his 91-95 mph fastball means his future is on the mound. RHPs Garrett Gould (2) and Steven Ames (17) and LHPs Andy Suiter (10) and Greg Wilborn (18) all top out around 94 mph. Smith was clocked as high as 96 in college, and some teams preferred him as a pitcher. >> BEST SECONDARY PITCH: Gould has a plus fastball, but his filthy curveball is his best pitch. Miller has a hard 82-83 mph slider.

ODDS AND ENDS

BEST PRO DEBUT: Cavazos-Galvez was the Pioneer League MVP and topped the circuit in runs (59), hits (97), doubles (29) and homers (18). Despite his inexperience on the mound, Miller went 3-1, 2.75 with 48 strikeouts in 36 innings between two stops, and he was outstanding in the low Class A Midwest League playoffs. Ames had a 2.10 ERA and 47-6 K-BB ratio in 30 innings at Ogden. >> BEST ATHLETE: Miller has all-around tools as a right fielder and had a chance to go in the first round as a position player coming out of high school. Gould, who would have been a two-way player at Wichita State, was a star quarterback and basketball forward in high school. Among the position players, OF Nick Akins (19) stands out with his strength and slightly above-average speed. >> MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:: RHP Brett Wallach's (3) father Tim is a former all-star third baseman who manages the Dodgers' Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate, and his brother Matt is a catcher in the system. Wise's great uncle, Bobby Richardson, was the 1960 World Series MVP. Cavazos-Galvez' father Balvino Galvez pitched briefly for Los Angeles. OF Stetson Banks' (22) uncle Brian and unsigned LHP Ryan Christenson's (40) father Gary also played in the majors. C Stephen Cilladi's (33) dad Dave was a former big league trainer with the Cubs and Rockies. >> CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: Miller, whose development should take off now that he's focusing solely on pitching. >> BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: Cavazos-Galvez and Ames. >> THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: SS Chad Kettler (24), an athletic switch-hitter, opted for Oklahoma over pro ball.