Monday, June 6, 2011

My Dodgers' draft board and roster moves

It's draft day and while I'm not expert when it comes to the draft, I've been reading up on some players who piqued by interest. The Dodgers are probably going to take a prep pitcher, but it'd be nice to see them venture outside their comfort zone for once -- especially for a system in need of corner infielders and a catcher. Here's how my draft board shakes out:

1. SS/3B Javier Baez, Arlington County Day School
- Baez is a shortstop now, but he's destined for the hot corner. He has the ability to make the transition and has plus raw power. He'd take some time to get to the bigs, but it could be worth it.
2. 1B C.J. Cron, Utah
- I'm not usually high on college players (hitters or pitchers), but Cron's bat is awfully intriguing. Baseball America says his raw power rates as an 80 on the 20-80 scale. Scouts don't throw that number around liberally, so it's a legit rating.
3. RHP Robert Stephenson, Alhambra HS
- Stephenson has been linked to the Dodgers an awful lot this week. He could very well be the pick. His low-to-mid-90s fastball and curveball that Logan White is famous for drafting. He might not be worth the No. 16 pick, but rumors are is he'd sign for the slot amount.
4. RHP Taylor Guerrieri, Spring Valley HS
- Similar to Stephenson -- probably better -- and has a mid-90s fastball that has touched 98 MPH. He could be out of the Dodgers' price range, though.
5. RHP Jose Fernandez, Alonso HS
- Shocking, another prep righty with power stuff. His arsenal includes a 98 MPH fastball and a power curveball. His weight is a concern for many, as he's pretty much filled out, leaving little projection.

The next five (in alphabetical order): RHP Matt Barnes (Connecticut), C Nicky Delmonico (Farragut HS), LHP Daniel Norris (Science Hill HS), LHP Henry Owens (Edison HS), C Blake Swihart (Cleveland HS)

I am not a fan of college pitchers -- especially relievers. Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness passes along word from Keith Law that the Dodgers might be looking at Stanford LHP Chris Reed.
"Keith Law now hearing Dodgers strongly in on Chris Reed. Tall college lefty reliever, could possibly start. Like Chris Sale?"
A guy like this can be had later on in the draft. And it isn't exactly a big need for the Dodgers. I hope it's just a bad rumor.

Here are a couple of draft previews from Jared Massey at L.A. Dodger Talk and Brandon Lennox at True Blue LA. Both are nicely done.


Updated 1 p.m.: The Dodgers made a bunch of roster moves today, the most surprising of which is calling up top prospect Dee Gordon. I didn't see this one coming, but the Dodgers can't exactly rely on Rafael Furcal to be healthy and If Aaron Miles starts every day, bad things will happen. I'm really excited for Gordon. I hope the Dodgers give him a chance to play.

The Dodgers also made the following moves:

Activated from DL: Blake Hawksworth, Marcus Thames, Juan Uribe
Optioned to minors: Ivan DeJesus, John Ely
Designated for assignment: Juan Castro, Jay Gibbons

Gibbons stands a good chance of being claimed, but I'm sure Castro will be back at Albuquerque before too long.

Speculation was Jerry Sands was going to head back to Triple-A, but he is starting in right field tonight. He needs to be playing every day.

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