Over the next six weeks, MLB-DI will take a look at each teams draft class, breaking down the best — and most questionable — over the past week.
The Dodgers had one of my least favorite drafts of 2011, selecting significant reaches in both the first and second round, which was mostly attributed to the disaster that was the previous ownership group. With the new owners in fold, how did L.A. fare?
Have at it!
The Decision Makers
General Manager: Ned Coletti
Director, Scouting: Logan White
Position Players: 24
Corner infielders: 04
Middle infielders: 07
The First Ten
Steal: Player was selected several rounds — or in the case of the first-round, several picks — earlier than his value indicated.
Solid: Player was taken later than his value indicated.
Average: Player was selected where his value indicated.
Slight-reach: Player was taken slightly earlier than his value indicated.
Reach: Player was drafted several rounds or picks earlier than his value indicated.
|01.18||Corey Seager||SS||Oak Mountain HS (MS)||Average|
|CA.51||Jesmuel Valentin||SS||PR Baseball Academy||Reach|
|04.146||Justin Chigbogu||1B||Raytown HS (MO)||Reach|
|05.176||Ross Stripling||RHP||Texas A&M||Average|
|06.206||Joey Curletta||OF||Mountain Pointe HS (AZ)||Average|
|07.236||Theo Alexander||OF||Lake Washington HS (WA)||Average|
|09.296||Zach Bird||RHP||Murrah HS (MS)||Average|
|10.326||Zach Babbitt||2B||Academy of the Arts (CA)||Average|
What a difference a year – and new ownership — makes. I believe Seager is a third-baseman, but the bat should play there just fine. He’s not going to be a 25-30 homer guy, but he should get on base and provide above-average offensive production for the position with an advanced approach and sweet swing. I don’t think this will be an easy signing, but if he does sign he will immediately become the best hitting prospect in the organization.
I don’t question whether or not Valentin can play shortstop – one scout told me that he thinks he could become the best defender of any of the prep shortstops in the class — but the bat needs a lot of work. Wasn’t anywhere close to a first day guy to me, and I agree with the sentiment that he could have used the college development.
It wouldn’t stun me at all if Rodriguez was the first pick to end up in the big leagues. He should be able to get lefties out with his slider and cutter, and the repertoire is good enough to be able to get right-hander’s out as well.
Garcia was one the big wild-card of this draft, and ultimately, went about where I expected him to go. Whether or not the Dodgers will be able to sign him or not is a huge question mark — slot for the pick is 420,000, and there are reports he asked for twenty times that — but left-handers who can throw 94 miles an hour don’t grow on trees.
Chigbogu wasn’t a top 200 guy for me, he’s got plenty of raw power, but the swing needs tons of work before it will be able to play at any sort of level, and while he runs well (he was an all-state defensive end), he’s strictly a left-fielder with a below-average arm and poor tracking skills.
Stripling’s stuff isn’t good enough to be anything more than a fifth starter, but because his control is plus and his command above-average, he should be able to be a cheap effective option in a rotation.
Griggs was a pick I really liked in the eighth round, he really struggles to throw strikes and the delivery is a mess, but with a little work, he might be able to be a solid reliever thanks to plus arm strength and a power curveball that should give right-handed hitters fits.
This was a very intriguing draft class to me. Seager has been a favorite of mine since the Prospect Classic, and it wouldn’t stun me at all if he was one of WAR leaders of the 2012 draft. Rodriguez should be a contributor very soon — it really wouldn’t shock me if it was this year — and the intrigue of Onelki is palpable. The Valentin pick was a head scratcher, but overall, this was a solid draft, and a marked improvement over the previous year.