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MLB Draft 2012: Dodgers Draft High School Shortstop In First Round

The Dodgers picked shortstop Jesmuel Valentin with the No. 51 overall pick in the supplemental round.

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Lucas Giolito Injury: Former Harvard-Westlake Pitcher Re-Injures Elbow

Pitcher Lucas Giolito, the Washington Nationals' first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft (16th overall), has re-injured his throwing elbow and is headed for further examination, according to a report from

Giolito opted to sign with the Nationals out of high school (Studio City Harvard-Westlake) instead of accepting a scholarship to pitch at UCLA, where he had signed a letter of intent. The 6-6 righthander was a high draft pick despite tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow in March of his senior year (2012) and not pitching in high school after that.

Giolito didn't require surgery for that first injury, but he didn't make his minor-league debut in the Nationals' organization until last week. He pitched two innings and was pulled from the game, the ESPN report said.

It's some hard luck for Giolito, who made almost $3 million in a signing bonus but hasn't been able to play effectively.


MLB Draft: Dodgers Sign UCLA Closer Scott Griggs, 8th Round Pick

The Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday announced the signing of UCLA closer Scott Griggs, their eighth round pick in this year's MLB Draft. The signing of the college junior Griggs means the club has signed nine of their top 11 draft picks, with only first round pick SS Corey Seager and second rounder LHP Steven Rodriguez unsigned.

Griggs was 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA in 36 games for the Bruins in 2012, and established a school record with 15 saves. Griggs struck out 64 hitters in 37 1/3 innings, but he also walked 31. Griggs was named a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American in his junior season.

The Dodgers also announced the signing of 27-year old Cuban catcher Selme Angulo, who was a non-drafted free agent.

The Dodgers have signed 28 of their 41 draft picks.

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2012 MLB Draft Results: Dodgers Picks From Day Three

For those wondering who the Los Angeles Dodgers picked in day 3 of the 2012 MLB Draft, check the list below.

  • 506th pick: OF Josh Henderson, First Baptist Christian School, VA
  • 536th pick: C Kevin Maxey, Long Beach Poly HS, CA
  • 566th pick: C Eric Smith, Stanford, CA
  • 596th pick: RHP Owen Jones, University of Portland, OR
  • 626th pick: RHP Jharel Cotton, East Carolina, NC
  • 656th pick: CF Jacob Scavuzzo, Villa Park HS, CA
  • 686th pick: RHP Alan Garcia, Azusa Pacific University, CA
  • 716th pick: RHP Lindsey Caughel, Stetson University, FL
  • 746th pick: 1B Paul Hoenecke, UW-Milwaukee, WI
  • 776th pick: LHP Daniel Coulombe, Texas Tech, TX
  • 806th pick: 3B Jordan Parr, University of Illinois-Champaign, IL
  • 836th pick: SS Justin Gonzalez, Florida State, FL
  • 866th pick: LHP Jake Hermsen, Northern Illinois, IL
  • 926th pick: SS Trent Giambrone, Grace King HS, LA
  • 956th pick: RHP David Graybill, Brophy Jesuit Prep School, AZ
  • 986th pick: LHP Alfredo Unzue
  • 1016th pick: C Cameron Saylor, South Hills HS, CA
  • 1046th pick: RHP Jordan Hershiser, USC, CA
  • 1076th pick: C Austin Cowen, Western Illinois, IL
  • 1106th pick: SS Jose Vizcaino, Francis Parker HS, CA
  • 1136th pick: 1B John Sgromolo, Flagler College, FL
  • 1166th pick: CF Cory Embree, Maplewoods, CC, MO
  • 1196th pick: C Korey Dunbar, Nitro HS, WV
  • 1226th pick: OF Patrick Stover, Santa Clara University, CA

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2012 MLB Draft: Dodgers Take Pitchers Steven Rodriguez, Onelki Garcia On Day Two

The Los Angeles Dodgers took a pair of shortstops with their first two picks of the draft, selecting Corey Seager and Jesmuel Valentin on Monday in the first day of the draft. On the second day of the 2012 MLB Draft, which comprised of rounds two through 15, the Dodgers tilted toward pitching.

The Dodgers drafted junior left-handed pitcher Steven Rodriguez in the second round, out of the University of Florida. Rodriquez, 21, went 3-2 with four saves and a 2.08 ERA, limiting opponents to a .203 batting average with 79 strikeouts in 60.2 innings for the Gators in 2011.

With their third round pick, the Dodgers selected Cuban left-handed pitcher Onelki Garcia. The 22-year old last pitched for Ponce in the Puerto Rican League this winter, posting a 0.84 ERA in three starts, and previously pitched three professional seasons for Guantanamo in Cuba, going 12-12 with a 4.73 ERA.

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus tweeted that Garcia may want $7 million to sign, which would certainly price him out of the Dodgers', or anyone's price range. But that remains to be seen.

Eight of the Dodgers' 13 picks on Tuesday were spent on pitchers. Here is a recap of the first 10 rounds of the draft by the Dodgers.

  • Round 1 (No. 18 overall): SS Corey Seager, 6'4", 215 pounds, Northwest Cabarrus H.S. (North Carolina)
  • Supplemental Round A (51): SS Jesmuel Valentin, 5'9", 180, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
  • Round 2 (82): LHP Steven Rodriguez, 6'3", 225, University of Florida
  • Round 3 (113): LHP Onelki Garcia, 6'3", 220, Cuba
  • Round 4 (146): 1B Justin Chigbogu, 6'1", 240, Raytown South H.S. (Missouri)
  • Round 5 (176): RHP Ross Stripling, 6'3", 190, Texas A&M
  • Round 6 (206): OF Joseph Curletta, 6'4", 225, Mountain Pointe H.S. (Arizona)
  • Round 7 (236): LF Theo Alexander, 6'2", 200, Lake Mountain Senior H.S. (Washington)
  • Round 8 (266): RHP Scott Griggs, 6'4", 215, UCLA
  • Round 9 (296): RHP Zachary Bird, 6'4", 177, Murrah H.S. (Mississippi)
  • Round 10 (326): SS Zachary Babbitt, 5'7", 165, Academy of Art University (California)

Rounds 16 through 40 will be held Wednesday, the final day of the draft.

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MLB Draft 2012: Harvard-Westlake's Max Fried Selected By San Diego Padres

Harvard-Westlake HS pitcher Max Fried was selected in Monday's MLB First-Year Play Draft by the San Diego Padres at No. 7 overall. Fried is a 6'3" left-hander whose fastball reaches the mid-90s. In his senior year at Harvard-Westlake HS in North Hollywood, Fried compiled an 8-2 record and 2.02 ERA with 105 strikeouts and 29 walks.

An anonymous American League scout called Fried the best left-handed pitching prospect from Southern California in the past ten years in a recent Los Angeles Times story.

Here is an in-depth scouting report on Fried from Baseball Prospect Nation. See a video of Fried pitching below:

MAX FRIED VIDEO (via Fidog91)

Fried's high school teammate, Lucas Giolito was selected at No. 16 overall by the Washington Nationals. Giolito has committed to UCLA and will have to make a decision by July 13th on whether to start his professional career or attend UCLA.

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MLB Draft 2012: Dodgers Select SS Corey Seager In First Round, No. 18 Overall

The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Corey Seager, a shortstop from Cabarrus High School in Kannapolis, North Carolina, with their first round pick, No. 18 overall, in the 2012 MLB Draft. This ends a string of nine consecutive years that the Dodgers used their first draft pick to select a pitcher.

Seager is the brother of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. The 18-year old Seager, listed at 6'4", 205 pounds, hit .519 in his senior year of high school, with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 28 games.

Earlier today in their final mock drafts, Jim Callis of Baseball America projected the Dodgers to draft Oklahoma high school pitcher Ty Hensley, while Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus projected the Dodgers to select pitcher Michael Wacha from Texas A&M.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement, the slot bonus amount for the No. 18 pick is $1.95 million, per Baseball Prospectus.

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MLB Mock Draft 2012: Max Fried, Lucas Giolito First Rounders

Max Fried and Lucas Giolito are two high school pitchers out of Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, California. Both of them figure to be drafted high in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft.

Fried has three good pitches in his arsenal with the fastball, curveball and changeup. While the fastball isn't at top velocity, it's still a very good pitch, and his curveball might be the best in the entire draft. Giolito probably possess better stuff than Fried, but it's quite possible he ends up going later on because of an arm injury he suffered recently.

Two mock drafts have them both going very early to their teams. Giolito might be one of the best pitchers in the draft, but the injury knocks him a good peg below Fried. Baseball Prospectus has Fried going 5th to the Kansas City Royals and Giolito going 12th overall to the New York Mets.

Logic says the Royals will select from whichever of the big three college arms are left, but teams are having problems getting away from the fact that when GM Dayton Moore saw Zimmer, he saw him bad, and that could be a tough sell. Like Seattle, the Royals are an early wild card who could go with Fried, Zunino or even a tier two college arm to save their spending cap for later picks.


Forty-eight hours ago, I would have done a mock without Giolito, but he suddenly has a number of rumored landing spots, beginning with New York, who seem to be definitely at least kicking the tires on the draft's biggest wild card. He's a tough sign here, an even tougher one later, but the Mets are rumored to be making another splash. If they get cold feet today, they could go in a number of directions, all of them high school-based, and in particular Corey Seager, Cecchini and another possible difficult sign in Lance McCullers.

Baseball America puts Fried on the Marlins with the 9th pick and Giolito to the Blue Jays with the 17th pick.

Miami would gladly take Fried or Almora if they fell. If not, the Marlins will choose between Heaney and Hawkins. They might be the first team to strongly consider Lucas Giolito.


After resisting the urge to simply guess and put Giolito somewhere in our first three projections, we'll put him here. Toronto has five of the first 60 selections, so if the Giolito negotiations don't work out, it can just collect the No. 18 pick in 2013 as compensation and still get plenty of talent this year. The Blue Jays' financial muscle in this draft also could lead them to McCullers or Seager. They're hot for high-ceiling athletes such as Mississippi high school outfielder D.J. Davis, who might not make it to their next choice at No. 22.

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2012 MLB Draft: Dodgers Have Gone Pitching Heavy In First Round

The Los Angeles Dodgers hold the No. 18 pick in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft, which gets underway Monday with the opening round and supplemental round A televised by MLB Network. Given the draft history of Dodgers assistant GM and draft chief Logan White, look for the Dodgers to draft a pitcher with their first pick.

In 2002, the first draft White ran for the Dodgers, they picked Houston high school first baseman and pitcher James Loney with the 19th pick in the first round. In the nine years since, the Dodgers have used their first pick on a pitcher:

Hochevar (Tennessee), Miller (Baylor), and Reed (Stanford) were college pitchers, but the other six were high school pitchers. Will that trend continue on Monday?

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2012 MLB Mock Draft: Dodgers May Target Ty Hensley In First Round

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the proud holders of the No. 18 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. The first round of the draft takes place on Monday and the Dodgers will be hoping to pick up a solid prospect. The Los Angeles Angels are without a first-round pick, so they will have to stand by and wait on Monday as names are taken off the board.

In the latest mock draft at Minor League Ball, John Sickels believes the Dodgers will target pitching in the first round. Here's what he has to say:

18) Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers usually go with pitching of some variety, and that doesn't seem like it is going to change this year. They are consistently linked with Ty Hensley, RHP, Oklahoma HS...but other options seem plausible as well, including Shane Watson and Travieso. Longshots: projectable California southpaw Hunter Virant, or perhaps slugger Joey Gallo if they want hitting.

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2012 MLB Draft Order: Where The Angels And Dodgers Stand

On Monday, the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft will take place. The draft will be a three-day event that runs through Wednesday. The Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers will both be trying to make some solid picks for the future of their respective teams over the next few days, as they both select from an enormous talent pool across the nation.

The Dodgers hold the No. 18 overall pick in Monday's first round. The Angels are without a first-round selection, as the St. Louis Cardinals will receive a compensatory pick from the team via the offseason signing of free agent Albert Pujols.

Here's the full draft order for Monday's first round.

1 Houston Astros
2 Minnesota Twins
3 Seattle Mariners
4 Baltimore Orioles
5 Kansas City Royals
6 Chicago Cubs
7 San Diego Padres
8 Pittsburgh Pirates
9 Miami Marlins
10 Colorado Rockies
11 Oakland Athletics
12 New York Mets
13 Chicago White Sox
14 Cincinnati Reds
15 Cleveland Indians
16 Washington Nationals
17 Toronto Blue Jays
18 Los Angeles Dodgers
19 St. Louis Cardinals
20 San Francisco Giants
21 Atlanta Braves
22 Toronto Blue Jays
23 St. Louis Cardinals
24 Boston Red Sox
25 Tampa Bay Rays
26 Arizona Diamondbacks
27 Milwaukee Brewers
28 Milwaukee Brewers
29 Philadelphia Phillies
30 New York Yankees
31 Boston Red Sox

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2012 MLB Mock Draft: Dodgers Select Pitcher Ty Hensley In First Round

The Los Angeles Dodgers have multiple areas of need to address at this week's MLB Draft, but most have them linked to starting pitching in the first round. According to Keith Law of ESPN, the Dodgers will take right handed pitcher Ty Hensley with the No. 18 overall pick.

Here is Law ($) on the pick:

Ty Hensley, RHP, Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe H.S.
I'm suddenly not hearing much else here. Hensley has size, arm strength and projection, but his command is below that of the other top prep arms.

The general consensus with Hensley is that he has one of the higher upsides of any pitcher available in 2012, but he will need a lot of refinement with his mechanics and delivery if he hopes to have much of a career. A team willing to be patient with him could strike gold down the line, but Hensley's bust potential seems to be pretty high.

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MLB Mock Draft 2012: Dodgers Go With A Shortstop in Latest Projection

With the MLB Draft just around the corner, set to take place June 4th - 6th, analyst mock draft projections are a great way to get an idea of which players should go in the first round. The Dodgers hold the 18th pick in the draft, and according to Through the Fence Baseball's Dan Kirby, a shortstop from Arizona State should be on LA fans' minds. Says Kirby:

18. Los Angeles Dodgers - Deven Marrero, SS, Arizona State

The Dodgers would be thrilled to find Marrero still on the board as they would be getting the best defensive shortstop in the draft who also can handle the bat. Through 54 games, he is hitting .284 with 20 extra-base hits, 33 RBI and 11 stolen bases. He also has a great approach at the plate as he has only struck out 17 times all season. Over 146 career games, he is hitting .326 with 37 doubles, 11 triples, 12 home runs, 95 RBI, 33 stolen bases and just 71 strikeouts.

An interesting selection for LA, as many believe the Dodgers may go with pitching in round one. Here's what BaseballProspectNation had to say about Marrero:

True baseball rat. Incredible instincts in the field and on the bases. Grinder type with better tools than you'd expect. Has tools to play shortstop at the MLB level. Needs to improve hitting approach and pitch recognition. With said improvements, could be a .280 hitter that can handle the bat and drive the ball into the gaps. Potential #2 hitter with a touch of speed and pop in his game. Overall profile plays up because of long term defensive projection and value at a premium defensive position. Excellent makeup. Potential average to slightly above-average Major League regular.

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MLB Mock Draft 2012: Dodgers Pick Ty Hensley

The Los Angeles Dodgers are riding high, so anyone they pick in the 2012 MLB Draft would simply be gravy on what the team already needs. However, there are always needs, and the Dodgers do have some things they could afford to improve upon.

Keith Law of ESPN has the Dodgers upgrading their pitching by taking Ty Hensley, right-handed pitcher from Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Oklahoma. The Dodgers don't really have a real weakness, but they could use some pitching, and taking a guy who could develop into one big-time starter in the pros makes a lot of sense.

At 6-5 with a plus fastball, Hensley fits the mold of your classic top-of-the-rotation starter. I've also heard Dahl and Hensley here; haven't specifically heard North Carolina prep righty Ty Buttrey, but he'd fit their mold.

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MLB Mock Draft 2012: Dodgers Select Ty Hensley With 18th Pick

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