Dodgers stick to script on Day 2 of Draft
LA goes after pedigree and pitching depth, adds speed
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' plan on Day 2 of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft was almost the same as usual: bloodlines, quality arms, according to assistant general manager of scouting Logan White. The only variation was an infusion of speed.The Dodgers took James Baldwin III with their fourth-round pick, an 18-year-old center fielder from North Carolina who is the son of former Major Leaguer James Baldwin Jr.
The elder Baldwin made 12 starts for the Dodgers in 2001, going 3-6 with a 4.20 ERA, and he spent 11 years in the big leagues. He's also his son's coach at Pinecrest High School."The thing with James, he's got a tremendous body," White said. "He's an athlete, he's one of the fastest runners in the country. He ran a sub-6.4 [60-yard-dash] for us. One of the things in the organization is we're trying to get more speed, and he's certainly a guy who fits the speed profile." White said he thought Baldwin, a 6-foot-3 switch-hitter and a three-sport athlete, would likely take some time to develop with the bat. "I don't want to say he's going to be Matt Kemp, they're different kinds of players," White said. "But he's a guy that would go out in rookie ball and hit .240 with one homer, like Matt, and then progress and get better." The Dodgers and Louisiana State University were again tied to each other on Tuesday. The Dodgers' took two current Tigers, junior center fielder Leon Landry in the third round at No. 109 overall, and first baseman/outfielder Blake Dean with their eighth-round pick, at No. 262. Both were scouted by Matt Paul, the brother of Dodgers Triple-A outfielder Xavier Paul. The Dodgers took top Colorado pitching prospect Kevin Gausman in the sixth round, who, like first-round pick Zach Lee, is committed to LSU as a student-athlete. LSU football coach Les Miles said Tuesday that Lee was planning to attend school, and Gausman told The Denver Post the same day that he was leaning toward also staying. At 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, Gausman was named Baseball America's 22nd best right-handed pitcher in the Draft. The 19-year-old went 5-2 with a 3.66 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 44.0 innings (eight games) this spring at Grandview High School in Centennial, Colo. Dean played at LSU for four seasons. He could've gone pro last year, when he was taken in the 10th round by the Minnesota Twins, and he was expected to. But he stayed, knowing that a senior has less leverage in the Draft and in negotiations. "Honestly, I had no expectations after I came back after my senior year. I know how senior players are viewed," Dean said. "But it was unbelievable. I got to come back for my teammates, play some more baseball and move up on the all-time lists." What, then, would Dean say to a recruit weighing the decision between pro ball or attending LSU? "I think the biggest thing is you got to do what you feel in your heart is the right thing," Dean said. "Once you sign the professional contract, that's it. [College] is an experience that everyone would love to have and enjoy, but at the same time you have to do what's right for you." The Dodgers' 14th-round pick was Alex McRee, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Georgia whom they did not sign last season after a 26th-round snag. McRee turns 22 later this month and had ugly numbers: 0-1 with a 7.25 ERA and three saves in 22 1/3 innings pitched as he struggled with his control. He has more than a sizable a frame though at 6-foot-7, 235 pounds. One pick later, the Dodgers called the number of a Jays second-round pick from a year ago, Jake Eliopoulos. The 6-foot-3, 19-year-old southpaw out of Chipola Junior College in Florida did not sign. "We took some high-ceiling guys," White said. The first local boy the Dodgers drafted was Duke University shortstop Jake Lemmerman in the fifth round at No. 172 overall. A Newport Beach native, Lemmerman led the Blue Devils in eight offensive categories. Catcher Steven Domecus, the ninth-round pick, was born in Novato and played at the University of California-Santa Barbara and Moorpark College before landing at Virginia Tech. The Dodgers took Bobby Coyle, a 21-year-old outfielder at Fresno State who grew up in West Hills and was born in Tarzana, in the 10th round. And their next pick, Joc Pederson, was an 18-year-old center fielder from Palo Alto High School. His father, Stu Pederson, played eight games with the Dodgers in 1985.
A rundown of the Dodgers' picks on Day 2:
Round 2, Ralston Cash, RHP, Lakeview Academy (Ga.): A cousin of Dodgers' 2008 first-round pick Ethan Martin, Cash comes out of a small town in Georgia throwing a fastball in the 90-94-mph range. He has a solid frame at 6-feet-3, 207 pounds.Round 3, Leon Landry, CF, Louisiana State: The 5-foot-11 junior hit .338 with six home runs and 45 RBIs. He stole 16 bases in 20 attempts and struck out just 25 times in 240 at-bats. 4, James Baldwin III, CF, Pinecrest (N.C.) High: Baldwin is the son of the 11-year Major League pitcher James Baldwin Jr. The younger Baldwin was coached by the elder at Pinecrest. Baldwin Jr. spent part of the 2001 season with the Dodgers, going 3-6 with a 4.20 ERA in 12 starts. Round 5, Jake Lemmerman, SS, Duke: The sixth-highest Draft pick in Duke history at No. 172 overall, he led the Blue Devils in eight offensive categories, including average (.335), home runs (11), RBIs (45) and walks (28). Round 6, Kevin Gausman, RHP, Grandview (Colo.) High: Like the Dodgers' first-round pick from Monday, Lee is committed to LSU and told The Denver Post he was leaning toward college. Gausman's fastball reportedly has hit 98 mph. Round 7, Ryan Christenson, LHP, South Mountain CC (Ariz.): Christenson was 6-1 with 59 strikeouts and 42 walks in 58 innings. He gave up 35 hits and just one home run. The 21-year-old is 6-feet-1, 190 pounds. Round 8, Blake Dean, LF/1B, Louisiana State: Dean played first base in his senior year after spending the rest of his college career as an outfielder. He finished in top-five at LSU in several offensive categories, including hits and home runs. Round 9, Steven Domecus, C, Virginia Tech University: Domecus was Virgina Tech's highest drafted catcher since Johnny Oates went 38th overall in 1966. A Novato, Calif., native, he tied the single-season school record for hits with 92 this season. Round 10, Bobby Coyle, OF, Fresno State: Coyle grew up close to Los Angeles and hit .360 with 11 home runs and 69 RBIs in his junior season. Round 11, Joc Pederson, CF, Palo Alto (Calif.) High: Joc's father, Stu, was a ninth-round pick of the Dodgers in 1981 and played in eight games with the team in 1985. Round 12, Matthew Kirkland, 3B, South Doyle (Tenn.) High: Kirkland batted .505 in his senior season with 11 home runs, 40 walks and 33 RBIs according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. Round 13, Jesse Bosnik, SS, St. Bonaventure: Bosnik hit .387, scored 50 runs, had 79 hits, 20 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs and 62 RBIs as a junior. He is the 14th player from St. Bonaventure to reach the pros since 1991. Round 14, Alex McRee, LHP, University of Georgia: The Dodgers drafted McRee, a 6-foot-7 left-hander, in the 26th round last year, but he did not sign. McRee went 0-1 with a 7.25 ERA in 22 1/3 innings pitched as a senior. Round 15, Jake Eliopoulos, LHP, Chipola (Fla.) J.C.: Eliopoulos was a second-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2009. He left his team this season before the year was done. The left-hander will have the option of signing, or looking for another college program to pitch for next season. Round 16, Andrew Pevsner, LHP, Johns Hopkins: The Calabasas, Calif., native co-founded a small tutoring organization in the Los Angeles area. Pevsner was 3-0 with a 4.17 ERA in 20 relief appearances. Round 17, Logan Bawcom, RHP, University of Texas- Arlington: One of four Mavericks selected in the first two days of the Draft, Bawcom was 5-4 with 87 strikeouts in 90 2/3 innings pitched as the team's No. 3 starter. He made nine of 20 appearances out of the bullpen, most of them early in the season. Round 18, Chad Arnold, RHP, Washington State: Chadwick is the first Washington State right-hander drafted since 2006. At Ron Cey's alma mater, Arnold was 5-3 with a 3.74 ERA in 108 1/3 innings. Round 19, Benjamin Carhart, 3B, Palm Beach (Fla.) CC: Ben Carhart was named the Southern Conference's Player of the Year as the Panthers went 35-13 overall to win their first conference title outright since 1984. Round 20, Austin Henderson, RHP, Flower Mound (Texas) High Round 21, Noel Cuevas, CF, InterAmerican (Puerto Rico) University Round 22, Andre Wheeler, RF, L.C. Anderson (Texas) High.: Wheeler played football and baseball for the Trojans. Round 23, B.J. LaRosa, C, Bucknell: LaRosa hit a team-high .371 with five home runs in 56 games. The Jacksonville, Fla., native struck out just 19 times in 202 at-bats. Round 24, Andrew Edge, C, Jacksonville State: Edge hit .330 with 11 home runs and a team-high 64 runs batted in, the 11th most RBIs in a single season in school history, and had a team-high 19 multi-RBI games. Round 25, Jeremy Gilmore, CF, Coastal Carolina: The son of Coastal Carolina head coach Gary Gilmore, Gilmore hit .341 with 21 doubles, 12 home runs and 54 RBIs. Gilmore goes by the first name "Chance." Round 26, Scott Schebler, CF, Des Moines Area CC: Schebler was recently recruited to play at Wichita State. He hit .462 for DMACC in 55 games. Round 27, Yimy Rodriguez, RHP, Peru State College: The hard thrower is a native of Rochester, N.Y., and led Peru State in ERA in 2009. Round 28, Mike Drowne, CF, Sacred Heart University: Drowne set the school's single-season runs scored record in his senior season, crossing the plate 65 times. He also stole 33 bases. Round 29, John Patterson, RHP, Southwestern Oklahoma State: Patterson goes by the first name "Red." The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder was 4-3 with a 6.84 ERA in 12 starts. Round 30, Shawn Tolleson, RHP, Baylor: The junior went 2-7 with a 5.17 ERA in 13 starts and three relief appearances. He struck out 84 batters walked 29 in 76 2/3 innings. He red-shirted his 2007 freshman season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2006.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.