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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Dodgers picks - Rounds 2 thru 5

2nd Round - Pick 61

Dodgers select: Tyler Stovall, LHP (Hokes Bluff HS, GA)

This pick could be a mirror image of the Dodgers' second round pick a year ago. We have a projectable, 6'1 185 lefty who touches the low 90s and throws a very good curveball. Sounds like Michael Watt, doesn't it? Stovall has a more impressive resume, as he set the state strikeout record last year and has pitched for the Junior US National team. He does have some mechanical issues to work on, just like Watt, but Tyler could be a good pick up in the second round.

Other Options: Kyle Lobstein, LHP (Coconino HS, AZ) and Brad Holt, RHP (UNC Wilmington)

3rd Round - Pick 93

Dodgers select: Isaac Galloway, OF (Los Osos HS, CA)

Despite his immense toolset, Galloway fell behind both Zach Collier and Aaron Hicks in the California prep outfielder ranks this spring and has seen his draft stock fall out of first round contention. It would be amazing if he's around in the 3rd and is willing to sign, as he's a better bet to hit than Hicks and a more known commodity than Collier. Galloway has a great build and should fill out to give him plus power in the future. He has more than enough arm and speed for an outfield corner. He even has pro bloodlines; his father played in the minors before becoming a police officer. Yet another prospect whose stock has dropped, Galloway would be a great value pick in the 3rd.

Other Options: Alex Meyer, RHP (Greensburg HS, IN) and Brandon Crawford, SS (UCLA)

4th Round - Pick 127

Dodgers select: Harold Martinez, INF (Braddock HS, FL)

Martinez was a favorite of mine coming into the year but has fallen drastically after a disappointing spring in which he's failed to hit. Still, the tools are obvious: he has power to spare at the plate and should add more as he fills out his projectable frame. Some scouts are already moving him off SS but he has the ability to stay there for now. If he has to move to 3B, he has one of the stronger throwing arms in the class. The only thing missing from his package is speed, but he's an average runner. It's a risky proposition, taking three guys who underachieved this year in the first four rounds, but the reward would be more than worth it.

Other Options: Chris Dominguez, 3B (Louisville) and Riccio Torrez, 2B (Brophy Prep, AZ)

5th Round - Pick 157

Dodgers select: Javier Rodriguez, OF (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy)

I'd like to finish off the first 5 rounds with another hitter, and Rodriguez is an intriguing one. He came into the spring as one of the top prospects on the island and came out of it as arguably the best. Rodriguez has a long, lean frame that oozes projection which lends to his power potential. He's an above average runner and has a strong throwing arm. Javy needs to work on his ability to hit breaking balls but he's already regarded as a solid pure hitter. He'll likely take a few years to really develop, both as a hitter and physically, but if he does, watch out.

Other Options: Aja Barto, OF (Tulane) and Ryan O'Sullivan, RHP (Valhalla HS, CA)


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