Dodgers' Martin Harnessing Power Stuff
The 28th overall pick in the 2010 draft, Zach Lee
needed a club-record $5.25 million bonus to pass up a chance to play quarterback at Louisiana State—and so far that looks like the right choice. A big righthander with a plus fastball and slider, Lee has displayed great control while going 2-3, 4.55 at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Lee had just 10 walks—versus 52 strikeouts—in his first 55 innings before earning a late-June promotion to Double-A Chattanooga.
Biggest Leap Forward:
A power-hitting third baseman in high school, the Dodgers took Ethan Martin
with the 15th overall pick in the 2008 draft as a pitcher. The righthander struggled with the transition and moved to the bullpen after going 9-14, 6.35 with 81 walks in 113 innings for high Class A Inland Empire in his second pro season. Back in the rotation at Chattanooga, the 23-year-old has blossomed this spring, expanding his repertoire to include a slider and touching 100 mph with his fastball. That's helped him win seven of his first 10 decisions with a career-best 2.99 ERA. He was still walking too many—4.84 per nine innings—but had a .211 opponents average.
The organization had high hopes for Pratt Maynard
, a lefthanded-hitting catcher from North Carolina State, after taking him in the third round of last June's draft. But Maynard, 22, was languishing with low Class A Great Lakes, where he was hitting .244/.320/.314 with twice as many strikeouts (30) as RBIs (15).
• The Dodgers had signed each of their top 15 picks exceptsecond-rounder Steven Rodriguez, a lefthander from the University of Florida.
• Lefthander Chris Reed, the Dodgers first-round pick in 2011, was the team's lone representative at the Futures Games. But there's a twist: the lefthander played on the World team since he was born in England, moving with his family to Southern California when he was 3. Reed was 1-4, 2.52 in 50 innings split between high Class A Rancho Cucamonga and Chattanooga.