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2011 MLB Draft: Dodgers To Convert First Round Pick Chris Reed To Starting Pitcher

For the ninth consecutive season, the Dodgers have selected a pitcher with their first selection of the MLB draft. With the 16th overall pick of the 2011 MLB Draft, the Dodgers selected pitcher Chris Reed, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound left-hander from Stanford. "He’s an excellent competitor, has three quality pitches, sound mechanics and a great deal of athleticism," said Logan White, Assistant General Manager, Scouting. "He’s also a smart, local guy who has a fine family background."

Though Reed was primarily a relief pitcher at Stanford, the Dodgers plan to convert Reed to a starting pitcher, according to Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles. The Dodgers better hope the conversion to starter goes more smoothly than Josh Lindblom, the second round pick in 2008 who nearly made the team out of spring training in 2009. Lindblom was converted to a starter later in 2009, but was converted back to relief late last season. Lindblom, like Reed a college closer, was promoted to the Dodgers nine days ago and made his major league debut last week.

The MLB Draft is a three-day event, with rounds 2-30 to be completed on Tuesday. For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.