2012 Draft Report Cards: Los Angeles Dodgers

POSITION PLAYERS QUICK TAKE Freed from previous financial limitations, the Dodgers spent more than they ever had before. Seager was one of the best bats available, and Rodriguez and Garcia should help the big league pitching staff in a hurry. Bonus Spending: $6.3 million Best Pure Hitter: SS Corey Seager ‘s (1) simple lefthanded swing and all-fields approach helped him bat .309 as one of the youngest regulars in the Rookie-level Pioneer League. Best Power Hitter: Once he gets stronger, Seager could have power to match his hitting ability and the Dodgers think he’ll produce 25 homers annually in the majors. 1B Justin Chigbogu (4) and OF Joey Curletta (6) have huge power potential but are very raw. Fastest Runner: SS Darnell Sweeney (13) is the lone plus runner and stole 27 bases in 67 pro games. Best Defensive Player: SS Jesmuel Valentin (1s) played second base alongside No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa in Puerto Rico, but he has all the tools for shortstop, starting with outstanding hands and a strong arm. Sweeney and Seager are also good defenders, though Seager may eventually move to third base. PITCHERS Best Fastball: LHP Onelki Garcia (3) hit 97 mph in the Double-A Southern League playoffs and usually pitches at 91-94. Los Angeles has seen RHP Scott Griggs (8) up to 98, RHPs Zach Bird (9) and Jharel Cotton (20) up to 96 and RHP Matthew Reckling (14) up to 95. Best Secondary Pitch: Garcia’s power curveball is even tougher to hit than his fastball. LHP Paco Rodriguez ‘s (2) high-80s cutter is nearly as filthy. ODDS AND ENDS Best Pro Debut: Rodriguez posted a 0.92 ERA and struck out 32 in 20 minor league innings, then allowed just one run in 11 big league outings.
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