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The Dodgers have known Ryu since he was in high school and followed him throughout his pro career in Korea. He had Tommy John surgery as an amateur yet took the Korean Baseball Organization by storm in 2006 when he went 18-6, 2.23 for Hanwha at age 19 and became the first player in league history to win rookie of the year and MVP awards in the same season. Ryu won two games for South Korea at the 2008 Olympics, including the gold-medal victory over Cuba. He worked in relief at the 2009 World Baseball Classic and kept putting up numbers in the KBO. He led the league in strikeouts five times in his seven seasons, including last year with 210 in 183 innings, and compiled a 98-52, 2.80 record. However, he went just 9-9 in 2012 for Hanwha and at times seemed bored pitching against inferior hitters for the KBO's worst team. Ryu repeatedly had expressed a desire to play in the United States, and Hanwha granted his wish by posting him after the season. Los Angeles, continuing its new willingness to spend to the max, submitted the winning bid of $25,737,737.33 in November. He was represented by Scott Boras and negotiations stretched to the limit of the 30-day window to come to terms, after which Ryu would have had to return to Hanwha. On the same December weekend that the Dodgers made Zack Greinke the second-highest paid pitcher in big league history, they got a deal done with Ryu. He signed a six-year, $36 million contract that included a $5 million bonus and an opt-out clause after five seasons if he reaches certain performance levels. Ryu has the weapons to step into Los Angeles' rotation immediately. He runs his fastball up to 94 mph and sits at 92-93. His heater has some cutting action and he can locate it to both sides of the plate. Most scouts who watched him in Korea thought his changeup was his best secondary offering, though the Dodgers believe more in his slider. Both are quality options. His slider is crisp with sharp, late break when he has it going. He does sometimes get around the ball, causing the slider to get slurvy. He gets good arm speed on his fading changeup, eliciting some swings and misses with it. He also has a fourth pitch in a slow curveball he can flip up to the plate. The curve has good depth but sits in the high 60s, and he uses it mainly as an early-count pitch. Ryu isn't a bad athlete, but he has a portly build and will have to keep his weight in check. He had gotten overweight at the end of 2012 but is back in shape. He does a fine job of repeating his delivery, throwing strikes and getting downhill plane on his pitches. Some major league teams were wary of his workload in Korea, where he worked 1,269 innings in seven years from ages 19-25. Ryu's contract includes a clause that forbids him from being sent to the minor leagues without his consent. That shouldn't be an issue. The first player to go directly from the KBO to the major leagues, he'll become the Dodgers' No. 3 starter behind Clayton Kershaw and Greinke.
One of the Dodgers' first big outlays under new ownership was a seven-year, $42 million major league contract for Puig that included a club-record $12 million bonus. The deal was widely questioned around the game given his history. Before defecting to Mexico, he had been barred from playing in Cuba's professional league during the 2011-12 season for disciplinary reasons. He hadn't played in a live game in nearly a year when he signed, with teams only getting to see him in a few workouts. Puig has the tools to justify his contract. He's a physical specimen, generating explosive bat speed and plus-plus raw power. He could stand to incorporate his lower body a little better in his swing, but he shows a good load and an ability to get through the ball, so he should hit for solid averages. He does need to be more selective, however, and not get impatient when he sees fewer fastballs. Puig has the speed to be a center fielder but his above-average arm makes him a better fit in right. Some observers question his maturity, as he rubbed opponents and scouts the wrong way during his time with high Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Los Angeles sees Puig as the most talented position player to come through its system since Matt Kemp. He'll likely begin 2013 back in high Class A but will move quickly if he produces.
The younger brother of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, Corey rose up draft boards last spring, eventually landing an above-slot $2.35 million bonus from the Dodgers as the 18th overall pick. Los Angeles hadn't used its top choice on a position player since taking James Loney 19th overall in 2002. Seager has an advanced bat and easily transitioned to pro ball in his debut. He has a clean swing, with good direction to the ball and the ability to keep the bat head in the hitting zone a long time. He ropes line drives to all fields, and he generates enough backspin and loft to hit for above-average power down the road. Seager exudes polish for his age and shows a natural ability to slow the game down, both at the plate and in the field. He already has a physical frame and should get stronger in time. He's an average runner who doesn't have great range at shortstop, though he makes up for it with first-step quickness and his feel for positioning. He has soft hands and the arm to stay on the left side of the infield. Seager likely will face a move to third base at some point, but the Dodgers will keep him at shortstop for now. He has all the makings of an impact bat and could move quickly for a high school player. He'll begin his first full pro season at low Class A Great Lakes.
Pederson could have played baseball at Southern California and walked on to the football team as a wide receiver, but he instead turned pro for $600,000 at the 2010 signing deadline. His father Stu played briefly for the Dodgers in 1985. Joc took off in the second half of 2012, batting .328/.410/.595 with 16 homers and 18 steals, and won the organization's minor league player of the year award. He played in the Arizona Fall League and for Israel in a World Baseball Classic qualifier after the season. Pederson swings with controlled aggression. He attacks balls yet does a good job of keeping his hands back, spraying line drives all over the field. Los Angeles wants him to improve his posture in his swing, as he tends to dip his head, but the ball jumps off his bat. He does a good job of imparting backspin, leading the Dodgers to believe his power has a chance to keep emerging as he gets older, as it did with Andre Ethier. Pederson isn't a blazer, but he has the athleticism and speed to play center field. His average arm gives him a chance to play in right field as well. His tireless work ethic and grinder mentality draw praise. Pederson will see time at all three outfield positions moving forward, given that he's unlikely to unseat Matt Kemp in center field. Pederson still has the tools to be an above-average regular, and he'll move up to Double-A Chattanooga for 2013.
Considered one of the toughest players to sign out of the 2010 draft, Lee had committed to play quarterback and pitch at Louisiana State. But the Dodgers selected him 25th overall and signed him to a heavily backloaded two-sport deal worth $5.25 million, the largest draft bonus in franchise history. He has advanced rapidly, reaching Double-A at age 20 last year and going 3-1, 2.34 in August as the second-youngest player in the Southern League. Lee doesn't have a truly dominant pitch, but his ability to command four solid offerings sets him apart from his peers. He has a physical frame and throws his fastball from 90-95 mph, with the projection to add more velocity. He can give his heater sinking or cutting action. Lee's curveball and slider come in with similar 1-to-7 break. His slider has tighter rotation and rates slightly higher than his curve, which is softer and has more depth. He has feel for using his changeup, which could become a plus pitch. He shored up his direction to home plate last season, helping him work both sides of the plate. He's ahead of his years in terms of pitchability and mound presence. Lee's lack of a knockout pitch keeps him from having true frontline potential, but he's a fairly safe bet to become a quality No. 3 starter. He could be ready to pitch in the majors in 2013, though Los Angeles won't rush him. He's ticketed for a return to Chattanooga.
Though he grew up in California, Reed was born in London and represented Great Britain in the 2012 Futures Game and in a World Baseball Classic qualifier in September. A reliever throughout his career at Stanford, he converted to a starter after signing for $1,589,000 as the 16th overall pick in 2011. Blister problems plagued him in his first full pro season, but he did reach Double-A. Reed has better raw stuff than 2010 first-rounder Zach Lee, his teammate at two stops last year, but he lacks Lee's command. Reed's fastball operates at 92-96 mph with heavy sink, and he complements it with a devastating spike slider that's hard with late movement when he has it working. The slider was the culprit behind his blister problems, however, and they remain a concern going forward. Reed's changeup looks good in flashes but remains a work in progress. His command has to improve, and Los Angeles wants him to stay more upright in his delivery, which should help him stay behind the ball better. The Dodgers will loosen the reins on Reed in 2013. He could reach the majors quickly if he went back to the bullpen, but Los Angeles will continue developing him as a potential No. 3 starter. He'll head back for more fine-tuning at Chattanooga to open the season.
After Garcia defected from Cuba in January 2011, MLB originally decided he would have to enter the draft rather than making him a free agent. Los Angeles considered taking him with the first-round pick it eventually spent on Chris Reed, until MLB tabled Garcia's case and made him wait a year. The Dodgers stayed on him throughout, watching him pitch winter ball in Puerto Rico and in a local adult league, before taking him in the third round last June and signing him for $382,000. Garcia has two above-average pitches in his fastball and curveball. He sits in the low 90s with running action on his heater, and he touched 97 mph during his pro debut. His 12-to-6 curve is even tougher to square up, featuring good rotation and depth. He also throws a slider/cutter and a changeup, though those two pitches aren't as advanced. Garcia arrived with a good delivery and arm action to go with his strong, athletic build. The Dodgers like his makeup as much as his stuff. Garcia struck out seven over three no-hit innings in a Double-A playoff game in September. He's 23 and certainly could reach the majors quickly, though he's expected to begin his first full season back in Chattanooga.
Rodriguez was a bullpen mainstay for Florida teams that reached three straight College World Series from 2010-12. Dodgers scouts who watched him saw a major league-ready reliever and he lived up to that billing after signing for $610,800 as a second-rounder. He became the first 2012 draftee to reach the majors, allowing one run in 11 September appearances. Rodriguez does have quality stuff, but his deception is what sets him apart. He hides the ball well and has funk to his arm action. Los Angeles had him tone down the high leg lift he used in college because an umpire they asked to review tape of Rodriguez said he'd likely be called for balks in the majors. His best pitch is a high-80s cutter that continually beats up the hands of righties. His fastball ranges from 88-93 mph with armside life, so he can run his pitches to either side of the plate. He also has a sweepy slider and occasionally will unveil a changeup. Rodriguez's control and mound poise are two more assets. He wasn't awed by his surroundings in the big leagues. While Rodriguez may not have the upside of a closer, the future is now for him as a set-up man. He should be back in Los Angeles to open 2013.
Magill had a below-average fastball and rough mechanics as a high school senior in 2008, but area scout Chuck Crim persuaded Los Angeles to invest a 31st-round pick and $75,000 in him. A former big league pitcher, Crim shifted to coaching in 2009, and the two have reunited at several stops, including last season in Double-A. Magill led the Southern League in strikeouts (168) and the Dodgers give Crim much of the credit for his development. Magill has added mass to his frame and smoothed out his delivery over the years, adding velocity to his fastball. He can reach 94-95 mph early in games and sits at 91-92. He pounds the strike zone with his fastball, which runs in on righthanders. Magill has a legitimate strikeout pitch in his sharp, late-breaking slider, which he can also throw for a strike in any count. His changeup is rudimentary but does have some fade. He draws raves for his blend of pitching smarts and aggressiveness. Los Angeles added Magill to its 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft and will send him to Triple-A Albuquerque in 2013. He has the ceiling of a No. 3 starter and could be ready to pitch in the majors by the end of the season.
Stripling didn't take up pitching full-time until his senior year of high school and originally joined Texas A&M as a walk-on. He blossomed in 2011, tying for the NCAA Division I lead with 14 wins, then spurned the Rockies as a ninth-round pick that summer. He threw a no-hitter against San Diego State on the day he was scheduled to graduate last May before signing a month later for $130,000 as a fifth-rounder. In his pro debut, Stripling impressed the Dodgers both with his stuff and his feel for using it. His fastball sat at 92-93 mph with run and sink last summer at Rookie-level Ogden. His velocity picked up from the 88-91 mph he showed in college, and Los Angeles believes there's more in there if can incorporate his lower half better in his delivery. Stripling's best pitch is a 12-to-6 curveball with plus potential, and he also has a fading changeup. He's extremely athletic, has a clean arm action and commands the ball to both sides of the plate. The Dodgers felt fortunate to get Stripling in the fifth round. They see the makings of a No. 3 starter who can climb through the system quickly. He could skip a level and begin his first full pro season in high Class A.
Castellanos can hit. He batted .408 in two seasons at NCAA Division II Belmont Abbey and became the tiny North Carolina Catholic school's first draft pick since 1972 when the Cardinals took him in 2008. He then became its first big leaguer since Hal Haid in 1933 when the Dodgers called him up last May. He came to Los Angeles in the Rafael Furcal deal at the 2011 trade deadline. Castellanos made the most of his first full season in his new organization, finishing in the top five in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in both on-base (.420) and slugging percentage (.590). He lacks a standout tool but is solid across the board. His hands work well in his swing while providing enough bat speed to give him sneaky power. His swing can get long at times, making it hard for him to get around on elevated fastballs. Castellanos played second base in college and stayed in the dirt at Triple-A last year, playing second and third, but the Dodgers consider him better suited for the outfield, where they used him during his big league time. An average runner, he played center field in the Venezuelan League this winter. Castellanos should fit in Los Angeles as a utility option, capable of playing anywhere except catcher and shortstop, as soon as this season.
Withrow learned the game from his father Mike, who pitched three seasons in the White Sox organization and was Chris' pitching coach at Midland (Texas) Christian High. The Dodgers gave Withrow a $1.35 million bonus as the 20th overall pick in 2007, and he reached Double-A in 2009, but he has stalled there. He got off to another slow start last year, going 1-1, 5.71 through the end of May, when Los Angeles decided to shift him to the bullpen. He posted his best sustained performance in his three full years in the Southern League after the move, going 2-2, 2.37 the rest of the way. His season was delayed early and interrupted late by muscle strains in his back and oblique. Withrow has a major league arm, pitching in the mid-90s and reaching 98 mph. His curveball had been his best secondary pitch in past years, but it took a back seat to his slider last season. The slider comes in at 85-87 mph with tilt and sharp break, looking like a legitimate big league weapon. He still has the curveball, along with a solid changeup, but he'll focus on the fastball and slider as a reliever. He has a clean delivery and arm action but still lacks command. His walk rate has climbed in each of his years in Double-A, reaching 5.40 per nine innings last year, and it's his biggest obstacle to reaching the majors. Though Withrow could still have potential as a starter, the Dodgers will stick with him in the bullpen, where he has the pure stuff pitch in the late innings. He's on the 40-man roster and will try to take a step up to Triple-A.
Federowicz arrived in a three-team deal with the Red Sox and Mariners at the 2011 trade deadline. The Dodgers sent Trayvon Robinson to Seattle and got Federowicz and righthanders Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez from Boston. The Red Sox also received Erik Bedard and righthander Josh Fields from the Mariners and sent outfielder Chin-Hsien Chiang to Seattle. Federowicz looks like he'll be the most significant player in the trade. Playing his first full season in the system last year, he posted career bests in both on-base percentage (.371) and OPS (.832), though he did much of his damage in hitter-friendly Albuquerque, batting just .245/.331/.370 on the road. Federowicz has been hailed for his standout defense throughout his pro career and came as advertised when the Dodgers got him. He's a fine receiver who gains the trust of his pitchers with his ability block balls and call games. He has a strong arm and led the Pacific Coast League by throwing out 39 percent of basestealers last year, and Los Angeles felt his catch-and-throw ability improved. He won BA's Captain's Catcher's Award as the minors' top defender at the spot. If Federowicz carves out a big league career, it will be on the strength of his defense. He has strength and could be a double-digit home run threat, but he can get too pull-conscious and struggles with breaking pitches. The Dodgers would like to see him stay more up the middle and drive balls into the right-center field gap. He has little speed. Federowicz has little left to prove in the minors and goes into 2013 well positioned to be Los Angeles' backup catcher behind A.J. Ellis. He has the defensive chops to be a starter down the road.
Valentin has spent plenty of time in others' shadows. He's the son of longtime big leaguer Jose Valentin and played his high school baseball alongside 2012 No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa. Valentin frequently played second base in deference to Correa, but Los Angeles will give him a chance to play shortstop after signing him for $984,700 as a sandwich pick last June. More of a prototypical, glove-first shortstop than Dodgers 2012 first-rounder Corey Seager, Valentin has a quick first step and above-average range. His hands work well and he has the arm strength to stay at short. He's capable of making flashy plays but is still learning to stay under control and not make reckless throws after committing 20 errors in 43 games in his pro debut. Naturally righthanded, Valentin didn't take up switch-hitting until late in his high school career. His lefty swing tends to get sweepy and causes him to get under the ball. He's more compact from the right side. He won't hit for a lot of power, but Los Angeles does believe he has the potential to sting the ball. On the bases, he has good speed that plays up because he's already a savvy baserunner. If Seager can stay at shortstop, Valentin could end up back at second base, but the team will develop him as a shortstop for now. He'll likely stay a level behind Seager in 2013, going to extended spring training to keep working on his swing before taking an assignment to Ogden.
Coyle played in the shadows of 2007 first-round picks Matt Dominguez and Mike Moustakas at Chatsworth (Calif.) High. He was a 19th-round pick of the Indians out of high school but opted to go to Arizona, where he played two seasons before transferring to Fresno State. He hit .360 with 11 homers for the Bulldogs in 2010, garnering a $95,000 bonus from the Dodgers as a 10th-rounder. After battling oblique issues that kept him on the shelf early last year, he broke out in high Class A. Coyle has a physical build and quick-twitch athleticism. He maintains a short, compact swing that helps him spray line drives all over the park. He has the strength and bat speed to hit for solid home run power, though that shows up mainly to his pull side. Coyle has no standout tool defensively, where he's adequate but needs to get better reads and jumps on balls. His average arm allows him to scrape by in right field, though left suits him better. He's an average runner. Los Angels also wants him to improve his work habits, though they believe he's made progress. Coyle's bat is good enough to keep carrying him through the upper levels of the system, and he'll take on a full season of Double-A in 2013.
Van Slyke's father Andy played 13 seasons in the majors, and Scott made his big league debut when the Dodgers called him up in early May. He made a splash initially, slugging a game-winning pinch-hit homer against the Cardinals on May 20, but he struggled thereafter and returned to Triple-A in early July. He went back to mashing against Triple-A pitching, finishing fourth in the Pacific Coast League in slugging (.578). Van Slyke has a nice, wristy swing, with the strength to generate above-average raw power. He has a big leg kick, though, and his timing suffered last season when he wasn't getting consistent at-bats in the majors, so he may be ill suited for a bench role. His swing is long as well, given that he's a big guy with long arms. He saw action at both corner outfield spots and first base last season. He shows soft hands at first base and has a capable arm in the outfield. He runs well for his size, though just fringy overall. Van Slyke is blocked at all of his potential positions in Los Angeles, so he'll likely be back in Albuquerque to open 2013 to keep getting regular playing time.
Gould steadily built momentum leading up to the 2009 draft, first by winning MVP honors at the 2008 World Wood Bat Association Championships and then by breaking Nate Robertson's strikeout record at Maize (Kan.) High in the spring of 2009. He landed the largest signing bonus in the Dodgers' 2009 class, $900,000, and looked to be on the right track after a strong 2011 season in low Class A, but his stock took a hit last season with a disappointing showing in high Class A. Gould's fastball sat in the low 90s in 2011, but he mostly operated at 89-90 mph last season amid concerns he had gotten out of shape. His overhand curveball remained a plus pitch with tilt and depth, but he struggled to throw strikes and got in trouble whenever hitters were able to lay off the curve. His fastball lacks movement, and the results were predictable when he fell behind in the count and had to lay it in the zone. He has a decent changeup with sink and fade and needs to throw it more. While his velocity has dropped, his mechanics have actually gotten smoother since he signed, and he's softened how he lands on his front leg. Gould likely will graduate to Double-A for 2013, trying to re-establish himself as a future mid-rotation starter if his velocity bounces back and his command steps forward.
Griggs long has frustrated scouts with electric stuff but poor command. He turned down the Mariners as a 34th-round pick in 2009 to go to UCLA, where he saw little action his first two years but broke through in 2012, taking over as the Bruins' closer and setting a school record with 15 saves to go with a 2.65 ERA. The Dodgers took him in the eighth round and signed him for a $135,100 bonus. Scouts who saw Griggs on the right night last spring envisioned a surefire future big leaguer. He has the power arm to ramp his fastball up to 98 mph and sit at 94-95. He backs it up with a hard, late-breaking curveball. He also has a changeup that he toys with but doesn't use much in games. He has a good frame and a clean delivery when everything's in sync, driving his fastball down through the zone with good downhill plane. Los Angeles doesn't believe Griggs' control problems come from mechanical flaws, but rather when he tries to do too much and overthrows. They aren't new, as he walked 60 in 63 college innings prior to issuing 21 free passes in 23 pro frames. He has the raw ability to move through the system quickly and be a major league closer, but he must throw strikes to reach that ceiling. He'll begin his first full pro season with one of the Dodgers' Class A affiliates.
Bird's father Eugene played defensive back at Southern Mississippi from 1971-73 and was an 11th-round pick of the New York Jets in the 1974 NFL draft, though he never played in the pros. Zach would've followed in his father's footsteps to Southern Miss, but the Dodgers steered him to pro ball with a $140,000 bonus as their ninth-round pick last June. Coaches and scouts who watched Bird in the Rookie-level Arizona League last summer were surprised his name wasn't called sooner. His fastball ranges from 90-96 mph, and he has plenty of projection in his tall, lean frame. His curveball shows plus potential with its sharp break and depth. He's still learning his changeup but does show feel for it. He needs to repeat his delivery better, which could come with added strength. He generates good downhill plane on his fastball and shows an ability to command his curveball. He has already impressed Los Angeles with his pitching IQ, along with how quickly he soaks up instruction. He garners comparisons to former Dodgers prospect James McDonald, though Bird should be able to throw harder. Bird will compete for a spot in the low Class A Great Lakes rotation in 2013, with a stay in extended spring training and assignment to Ogden as the fallback option.
Wall needed time to mature, physically and mentally, after the Dodgers took him in the second round of the 2005 draft and signed him for $480,000. A rangy, long-limbed 6-foot-6, he struggled to maintain his stuff consistently as a starter, but he turned a corner after converting to relief in 2011. Braving the hitter's haven in Albuquerque last year, he led the Pacific Coast League and ranked fourth in the minors with 28 saves and made his big league debut in July. Wall has the weapons to pitch in the back of a big league bullpen, with a fastball that sits at 94-96 mph and a hard, late-breaking slider. The slider can get sweepy but has been a plus pitch for him. He also has a curveball and changeup left over from his days as a starter, but he is primarily a two-pitch reliever. He has a clean delivery but his size makes it difficult to repeat, and his command remains below average. That hinders him against lefthanders, who posted an .811 OPS against him in Triple-A. Los Angeles has been encouraged by Wall's maturation, as he has come to take his career more seriously. He'll have a chance to make the big league bullpen in spring training.
Ames has performed at every stop along the way in his pro career. He went 8-2, 3.91 while working as a starter in his lone season at Gonzaga in 2009, but the Dodgers converted him to relief right away. He has put up a 1.93 career ERA in four seasons as a pro and earned a spot on Los Angeles' 40-man roster after last season. His brother Jeff pitches in the Rays system. Ames has the prototypical reliever's mentality, coming to the mound in attack mode. He works fast and pounds the bottom of the strike zone with 92-94 mph fastballs. He struggles to maintain a consistent release point for his slider at times, but it looks like a solid major league pitch when he has it going. He has an early-count curveball as well, and he sometimes gets caught between the two breaking pitches. He has some feel for a below-average changeup but uses it infrequently. Ames' delivery is a bit herky-jerky, but it's nothing major and his command is solid. He should make his big league debut at some point in 2013, fitting in as a useful seventh- or eighth-inning option down the road.
Baldwin played for his father, longtime big league pitcher James Jr., at Pinecrest High in Southern Pines, N.C. His father was Pinecrest's pitching coach and Baldwin played both ways in high school, but his father encouraged him to make the outfield his future, and he signed for $180,000 with the Dodgers out of the 2010 draft. Getting his first shot at a full-season league last year, he opened the season in a 1-for-30 rut, and his average hovered around the Mendoza Line most of the year. The tools are there, but Baldwin needs a lot of polish. He's an outstanding athlete and wiry strong, unleashing plenty of bat speed to generate power. His power potential has been a double-edged sword, however. He sells out far too much, not taking advantage of his speed, becoming too pull-conscious and giving away at-bats. Los Angeles wants him to bunt more and focus on hitting balls on the ground because he has well above-average speed. He ranges well in all directions to track balls down in center field and led the low Class A Midwest League with 53 steals last year despite his struggles to get on base. Baldwin's ceiling remains high as a center fielder and potential top-of-the-order hitter, but he has a long way to go, beginning with likely repeating low Class A in 2013.
Santana played shortstop in high school like his father, Rafael, who was a big league shortstop for seven seasons. Alex will take a different road to the majors, though, as the Dodgers saw in his tall, lanky frame that he was already outgrowing shortstop and moved him to third base after signing him for $499,500 as the No. 73 overall pick in 2011. Santana was just 17 when he was drafted, making him one of the youngest players in the 2011 class, and Los Angeles knows his development will take time. He's a line-drive, gap-to-gap hitter, but he has the bat speed and leverage in his swing to produce 20-homer power once he fills out his frame. His swing gets out of sync, though. He gets too long to the ball and needs to maintain a good bat path more consistently, as he gets in trouble when he tries to hit for power. He needs to put bad at-bats behind him and tends to be too hard on himself when he gets in a hitting funk. His third base play is still raw as well. He shows good hands and an above-average arm, but his set-up and first-step movements need to get better, and he's just a fringy runner. He made 24 errors in 50 games last season. The tools are there for Santana to be a run producer at the hot corner, but he's several years away and will likely head back to Ogden in 2013.
Barlow was one of the stars of Los Angeles' instructional league contingent in 2011 but never got to build on that momentum in 2012, missing the entire season following Tommy John surgery. A gangly righthander who had a fringy fastball in high school, he added strength to his frame following his selection in the sixth round of the 2011 draft, and Los Angeles spent $150,000 that August to sign him away from a Fresno State commitment. The Dodgers saw a lot of projection in his frame, and his velocity picked up into the low 90s, peaking at 95 mph, by the end of 2011. His curveball got the highest marks of his secondary offerings, but he has a four-pitch mix that also includes a slider and changeup that have a chance to play as quality weapons. He drew rave reviews for how well he competed and for his feel for pitching. He has a good delivery and arm action that shouldn't cause any future problems, and Los Angeles wonders if he was overworked before he signed. Barlow had his operation early enough that he should be able to have a productive 2013 season, and his rehab was proceeding on track. Once he gets a clean bill of health, he could head to low Class A or stay back in extended spring training before going to Ogden.
The Dodgers signed Sanchez out of an unusual source, Santo Domingo Autonomous University, a college in the Dominican Republic. He cost them a mere $7,500 bonus in July 2010 and had a breakout pro debut the next year, going 8-4, 2.82 in low Class A. His follow-up campaign was a disaster. After an up-and-down first half in high Class A, Sanchez lost nine straight decisions and had the worst ERA in the minors in the second half at 8.75. His stock understandably took a hit, but he does still have an exciting arm. His fastball ranges from 92-96 mph, and he backs it up with a tight, late-breaking slider. He can also turn to an underused changeup, which is inconsistent but shows flashes of becoming an average pitch, and a show-me curveball. He struggled with command last season, particularly with his slider. The team also worried that he didn't put in the same effort in his start-to-start preparation as he did in 2011, and hopes last season was a wakeup call. Sanchez will get another crack at Rancho Cucamonga in 2013. Continued struggles with his secondary stuff could force a move to the bullpen sooner than later.
Cavazos-Galvez's father Balvino Galvez came up through the Dodgers organization in the 1980s and pitched briefly in the majors in 1986, but he has not been in contact with his son since leaving to play overseas in the 1990s. Cavazos-Galvez got off to a terrible start at Double-A last spring and was sent back to high Class A to refocus. He ironed out some issues in his swing as well and took off when an injury opened a spot for him in Albuquerque, where he was born and where he played his college ball. He had been too pull-conscious, trying to hook balls and getting himself out when he chased breaking pitches. Working with Triple-A hitting coach John Valentin, he got his bat on a better path and is now able to keep the barrel in the hitting zone longer. He does have the strength and quick hands to hit for solid power. He's still a free swinger, though he did a better job of laying off early count breaking pitches last year. He runs well enough to keep play either outfield corner and plays with energy. His arm is better suited for left field, though, and he needs to improve his routes and jumps. His 2012 season ended early when he went down with an ankle injury in July, but he should be ready to go back for a full season of Triple-A ball in 2013. The Dodgers didn't protect him on the 40-man roster but he went unpicked in the Rule 5 draft.
The Rockies drafted Miller as an outfielder in the 11th round out of high school in 2006, but he didn't sign and headed to Baylor, where he continued to focus on hitting through his first two years. He got back on the mound as a junior and landed an $889,200 bonus as the Dodgers' top pick in the 2009 draft. He has battled injuries since signing, most notably a torn muscle in his abdomen that required surgery in 2011, but got through the full season healthy last year, encouraging club officials. The discouraging news is that the 91-94 mph velocity he featured in college hasn't come back. His velocity varied last season, as he could pitch at 90-92 mph with tailing action at times, while at others his fastball sat at 86-89. He has a pair of average secondary pitches in his slider and changeup. Los Angeles hopes he'll recover some of his velocity, but Miller has had to make do with becoming more reliant on command and pitchability. He has a good pitcher's frame, his arm works well and he does show a feel for pitching, but with his current stuff his command will have to become above average if he's going to pitch in the majors. His ceiling may not be more than a back-of-the-rotation starter at this point, and the Dodgers didn't bother to protect him on their 40-man roster this offseason. He's likely to return to the Chattanooga rotation to open 2013.
The Dodgers have toyed with the idea of putting Smith on the mound, but he has earned the right to keep hitting and playing the outfield. He was a two-way player at California, and his power potential prompted Los Angeles to sign him for $643,500 as the 56th overall pick in 2009. Reaching Double-A for the first time last season, he was hitting .298/.382/.480 at the all-star break but tailed off afterward. Smith did a better job of not leaking out on the front side in his swing last year, allowing him to stay through the ball and hit more to all fields. He whips his bat through the zone and should hit for at least average power, but he must make more consistent contact for his bat to play as an everyday regular. Smith was Chattanooga's primary right fielder last year and started a smattering of games in center. He has the tools for either spot. He's a solid runner whose speed plays up thanks to outstanding routes and jumps, and he has a strong arm. The Dodgers expect to get him some time in left field next season to increase his versatility. Smith wasn't added to the 40-man roster after the season despite his progress, but he should get a chance to move up to Triple-A in 2013.
Rathjen first got on the scouting radar when he was a high school teammate of Blue Jays 2007 first-rounder Kevin Ahrens. He passed on signing with the Diamondbacks as a 45th-rounder in 2008 to go to Rice, and he looked like a potential top-five-rounds pick going into 2011 before tearing his ACL 16 games into his junior season. The Yankees took a shot at him in the 41st round, but he went back for one more year at Rice, hitting .329 with nine homers last spring. The Dodgers were ecstatic to get him in the 11th round for $75,000, as his athleticism reminds them of Justin Ruggiano, who began his career as Los Angeles' 25th-round pick in 2004. Rathjen's speed hasn't come all the way back to where it was before his knee injury, but he's still a good runner and has a chance to stick as a center fielder. His arm would work in right field if he needs to move. He's an intelligent hitter with advanced pitch-recognition skills, and he posted the third-best on-base percentage (.443) in the Rookie-level Pioneer League in his pro debut. His swing gets long at times, but he shows the bat speed to drive balls, giving him at least average power. Rathjen has the tools and advanced approach to push through the lower levels of the system quickly. He'll begin his first full pro season at one of Los Angeles' Class A affiliates.
Curletta mashed 21 homers as a junior at Mountain Pointe High in Phoenix in 2011 before his production dropped off to just four homers in his draft year, but the Dodgers still believed enough in his tools to sign him away from an Arizona commitment for $171,600 in the sixth round. Despite his home run dropoff, Curletta has a chance for two well above-average tools in his raw power and throwing arm, which also made him a prospect on the mound. He garners physical comparisons to the Angels' Mark Trumbo and has similar raw power. He'll need to tweak his swing to show it in games, though. He needs a better bat path, as he tends to collapse and try too much to hook and lift balls. Scouts who watched Curletta in high school felt he would be limited to first base, but Los Angeles believes he runs well enough to try in the outfield and doesn't want to waste his arm at first base, either. He was capable of throwing 94 mph in high school but prefers hitting. The Dodgers will give him a chance to make it as a hitter but would put him on the mound if he doesn't make progress within a few years. He'll likely stay in extended spring training in 2013 before heading to Ogden.
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