2011 MLB Draft Review: Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB's financial restrictions had an obvious impact on this draft.
1) Chris Reed, LHP, Stanford: Not a horrible overdraft, 90+ fastball, decent slider and changeup, somewhat erratic and mostly a reliever in college but has the tools to be a starter. Could be a nice value choice for slot.
2) Alex Santana, 3B, Florida HS: Son of Rafael. Strong, has power potential, bloodlines, rather raw, should be buyable away from Florida Atlantic University commitment for slot money.
3) Pratt Maynard, C, North Carolina State: Good strike zone judgment, has some power, hits from the left side. Defense needs work and he may end up at first base, though it makes sense to stick with him behind the plate as long as possible.
4) Ryan O'Sullivan, RHP, Oklahoma City University: Brother of Sean. Low 90s fastball, good curve, needs to work on changeup, throws strikes. Some questions about his makeup hurt his stock with some teams but the Dodgers weren't turned off. One of my best friends graduated from Oklahoma City University. She's pretty cool, so O'Sullivan must have something going for him.
5) Scott McGough, RHP, Oregon: 92-96 MPH fastball, erratic but promising slider, good athlete. Inconsistent in college but has a chance to be a solid middle reliever.
6) Scott Barlow, RHP, California HS: Tall, skinny, projectable, raw. Scouts believe he might be better off attending Fresno State, gain strength and experience, then go out earlier in the 2014 draft. It will be interesting to see how aggressive the Dodger are with signing him.
7) Scott Woodward, OF, Coastal Carolina: Good speed, strong throwing arm, questions about his swing mechanics precluded earlier spot in draft. Hit .342/.480/.503 with 31 steals but 58 strikeouts in 193 at-bats.
8) Rick Anton, LHP, Utah: 87-90 MPH fastball, good curve, cutter, changeup, throws strikes, classic college finesse lefty who knows how to pitch. Senior, went 9-1, 2.52 with 85/25 K/BB in 100 innings, in a difficult pitching environment.
9) Tyler Ogle, C, Oklahoma: Solid defensive catcher though throwing arm is mediocre. Controls the strike zone, has a touch of power, profiles as good reserve.
10) Jamaal Moore, LHP, California HS: Local kid from Los Angeles, projectable but raw, could turn into anything.
OTHERS OF NOTE: 1B O'Koyea Dickson (12th round, Sonoma State), SS Justin Boudreaux (14th round, Southeastern Louisiana), 3B Jesus Valdez (17th round, Oxnard JC), C Chris O'Brien (18th round, Wichita State).
SUMMARY: You can see the money limits here, but this isn't a total disaster. Reed, Maynard, and O'Sullivan are all interesting, and there's a mixture of solid college performers and high-upside, high-risk bets as well. It could have been a lot worse. But it wasn't good, and the development staff has a lot of work to do with these raw guys.