08/06/11 1:48 AM ET
Dodgers to promote Eovaldi for Saturday start
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Eovaldi will take the start of injured rookie Rubby De La Rosa, who will undergo Tommy John elbow reconstruction Tuesday. John Ely was optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room.
"We've been talking [internally] all year long at some point he'd come up," manager Don Mattingly said after Friday night's 7-4 win. "With Rubby going down, it gives him a chance to throw a few games and to see where we're at with him and see what he looks like."
Eovaldi, only 21, is 6-5 with a 2.62 ERA at Chattanooga. The Dodgers were able to select him in the 11th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft because he had Tommy John surgery in his junior year of high school and bought him out of a scholarship to Texas A&M for a $250,000 bonus.
Eovaldi will be the fourth pitcher this season promoted directly from Chattanooga, joining De La Rosa, Javy Guerra and Josh Lindblom.
Lindblom said that's a reflection on Lookouts pitching coach Chuck Crim, a former Major League pitcher.
"Chuck has given all of us the mind-set of getting Major League hitters out, not Double-A hitters," Lindblom said. "I know for me that's made the transition up here easier. I think that's why the team ERA down there leads the league. Give credit to Chuck for developing everybody there. As a pitcher, you know he's in your corner and he lives and dies with every pitch."
Lindblom said Eovaldi has impressive command of a fastball that varies from 93-99 mph, along with a hard slider and a splitter he uses as a changeup.
"He's super competitive and kind of a physical freak. A big, strong kid," Lindblom said. "In one game there, Aroldis Chapman finished one inning throwing a 100 mph fastball and Eovaldi started the next inning hitting 100, too."
Dodgers confident deal for Reed will get done
PHOENIX -- The Dodgers still haven't signed first-round Draft pick Chris Reed from Stanford, but assistant general manager Logan White remains optimistic with 10 days remaining before the Aug. 15 deadline.
"I can't say it's imminent, but I can't say we won't get him signed, either," White said of the left-handed Reed, who could return to Stanford for his senior season. "I think we'll get it done."
The Dodgers took Reed, even though they had not drafted a player advised by Scott Boras since the 2005 Luke Hochevar ordeal -- when Hochevar did not sign while Boras and White waged a war of words. White said he's had steady dialogue with Reed's family since the June Draft.
"It's a family of integrity," said White. "It's been that way since the beginning and nothing's changed. Chris is a great kid and he wants to play. Actually, I feel more optimistic about signing Reed than some of our other picks."
Teams have until 9:01 p.m. PT on Monday, Aug. 15, to come to terms with their draftees, meaning official notification has to be in the Commissioner's Office when the clock strikes 9 p.m. A team that does not sign its first- or second-round pick will receive a compensatory pick in the 2012 Draft. That selection will come at the same slot, plus one. In other words, if a team doesn't sign the No. 9 overall pick, it would receive the No. 10 pick -- technically 9A -- the following year. A team does not receive a 2012 pick if it does not come to terms with a selection made with a compensation pick this year.
Reed was the Dodgers' surprise choice at No. 16 overall, having blossomed his junior season after struggling his first two seasons. After his first two seasons at Stanford, Reed had a 7.04 ERA, only 25 appearances and more walks than strikeouts. But he was 6-2 with a 2.56 ERA over 29 appearances and one start this year, striking out 52 over 52 2/3 innings and having a .211 opponent batting average. He walked 17, allowed 39 hits and converted nine of 11 saves.
From their top 10 picks, the Dodgers have signed players from rounds two, three, five, seven and eight. That leaves Reed, fourth-rounder Ryan O'Sullivan, sixth-rounder Scott Barlow, ninth-rounder Tyler Ogle and 10th-rounder Jamaal Moore still unsigned.
Of those, White sounds most confident about signing Barlow, a right-handed pitcher from Golden Valley High School in California who has a scholarship to Fresno State, and Ogle, a junior catcher from the University of Oklahoma.
The Dodgers have signed 24 of their 50 picks. Among the ones who have made the quickest impact are second-rounder Alex Santana, a high-school third baseman from Florida; fifth-rounder Scott McGough, a hard-throwing right-handed reliever from the University of Oregon; 12th-rounder O'Koyea Dickson, a first baseman from Sonoma State; and Michael Thomas, a left-handed pitcher from Rider University taken in the 35th round.
White also said he's received positive reports about a pair of sons of Major Leaguers: 18th-rounder Chris O'Brien, a catcher from Wichita State and son of longtime catcher Charlie O'Brien; and 38th-rounder Devin Shines, an outfielder from Oklahoma State and son of Razor Shines.
The Dodgers also had one player from this year's Draft already retire. Jeff Schaus, a senior outfielder from Clemson taken in the 16th round, signed for an insignificant bonus and played eight games for Ogden before retiring and going home.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.