2011 Draft Report Card: Los Angeles Dodgers
BEST PURE HITTER:
|The financially strapped Dodgers ranked 26th in MLB in spending. They went over slot only for Reed, who got a mere $77,000 over MLB's recommendation and will have to carry this draft crop.
Bonus Spending: $3.5 million
1B O'Koyea Dickson (12) has the sound righthanded swing and the bat speed to hit for average. He did exactly that, batting .333 at Rookie-level Ogden. The Dodgers also like the bats of 3B Alex Santana (2) and C Chris O'Brien (18). BEST POWER HITTER:
Dickson smacked 13 homers and led the Pioneer League in slugging at .603. He hit a ball clear out of AT&T Park during a playoff game as a high school sophomore in 2006. Santana has the projectable 6-foot-4 frame and bat speed to match Dickson's power in time. FASTEST RUNNER:
2B Malcolm Holland (33) can run the 60-yard dash in 6.4-6.5 seconds. SS Justin Boudreaux (14) isn't quite that quick, though he did steal 17 bases without getting caught in 44 pro games. BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
2B Scott Wingo (11) is a sure-handed defender whose glovework helped South Carolina win its second straight College World Series. Santana has the athleticism and arm strength to be a quality defender at the hot corner.
Arm strength was the commodity Los Angeles got the most of in this draft. LHP Chris Reed (1) worked at 92-94 mph and hit 96 often as a reliever at Stanford. RHP Garrett Bolt (23) touches 95-96, albeit without much command. RHPs Ryan O'Sullivan (4) and Scott McGough (5) also have fastballs in the same range. BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
Reed has a plus slider and a strong changeup as well, so the Dodgers will develop him as a starter. McGough also has a hard slider.
ODDS AND ENDSBEST PRO DEBUT:
Dickson. McGough had a 2.21 ERA and eight saves in low Class A. OF Joey Winker (28) led the Arizona League with 46 RBIs and a .442 on-base percentage, though he was old for a complex league at 21. BEST ATHLETE:
Holland had a scholarship to play defensive back at Boise State. He has middle-of-the-diamond tools, though he lacks the arm for shortstop, and is learning to switch-hit. He's similar to former Dodger Trayvon Robinson, a long-term project who made it to the majors with the Mariners after a July trade. MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
2B Stefan Jarrin's (40) grandfather Jaime is the Dodgers' Spanish-language broadcaster and won the Hall of Fame's Frick Award in 1998. O'Sullivan's brother Sean pitches for the Royals. Santana's father Rafael, O'Brien's father Charlie and OF Devin Shines' (38) father Razor all played in the big leagues. CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
Reed, though McGough will give him a run as a fast-tracked reliever. BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
Dickson or O'Brien. Dickson reminds the Dodgers a little bit of Paul Goldschmidt, whom they drafted out of high school. O'Brien had a reputation as being a better hitter than a defender, so his catch-and-throw skills were a pleasant surprise. THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
LHP Jamaal Moore (10), a raw athlete whose fastball sits in the high 80s, decided to attend Los Angeles Harbor JC rather than turn pro.