2012 Dodgers Draft: Day Two Summary

Day of of the 2012 MLB draft covers rounds 2 - 15, so I'll be updated this post throughout the day. Refresh often as I'll try to post a summary shortly after each player is picked, even if there is another story posted after this one. Later on tonight after the game I'll probably go even more in depth with my summary of day two and move this post back up to the top.

Round 2: Steven "Paco" Rodriguez - LHP - Florida - The left handed specialist for one of the nation's top college programs, Rodriguez is said to have the stuff to be more than a LOOGY in the big leagues. The 6'3", 225 lb lefty has a very unorthodox delivery, but he is expected to move quickly through the minor leagues. Paco has a upper 80's cut fastball but can also dial it up to the low 90's when needed. He also has a slider, and very good control. This year at Florida batters are hitting less than .200 against him, and he has a K/9 above 12.

Round 3: Onelkis Garcia - LHP - No School - Garcia has had an interesting journey since defecting from Cuba. He thought he'd be a free agent, but was initially declared eligible for the 2011 draft. That decision was reversed, but then he was again declared eligible for the 2012 draft. Now almost 23 years old, Garcia has been working out in Los Angeles over the past few months and possess a strong two-pitch combination. At 6'2" the lefty has a low 90's fastball and a hard curveball. He doesn't have much of a 3rd pitch which might force him to the bullpen. Once artcile I read said there might be a signabilty issue with him, but I don't see how that can be given that his age and lack of school.

Round 4: Justin Chigbogu - 1B - Raytown South HS - Still just 17, the Dodgers 4th round pick is a powerful 1st baseman that stand at 6'2" and weighs 230 pounds. He's a bit of a reach as the #146 overall pick as Baseball America had him ranked as the 423rd best prospect in the draft, but I'm guessing the Dodgers will to get him for under slot given that their top 3 picks might be a little expensive. His raw power is huge, and the good news is that the all state defensive end doesn't strike out a lot. According to scouts he's raw and will probably need a few years in the rookie leagues.

Round 5: Ross Stripling - RHP - Texas A&M - Stripling is a senior at Texas A&M and so he could be another relatively cheap pick given his lack of leverage. The right hander didn't really pitch until his senior year of high school, and the 6'3" 190 pounder can hit 94 mph when he's going all out. As a starter he sits more in the high 80's/low 90's range, and he also features an over the top curveball and a decent changeup. He's made a name for himself during his college career as he lead the NCAA with 14 wins in 2011, then recently threw a no-hitter. One other piece of good news is that he is known for his good command.

Round 6: Joey Curletta - OF/1B/RHP - Mountain Pointe HS - Curletta a huge kid at 6'4" and 230 pounds, and according to Baseball America he has light-tower power at the plate. The problem is that he is an extrememly slow runner and while he was drafted as an outfielder, he'll most likely end up at 1st base. He can also hit up to 94 mph on the mound, so the Dodgers could decide to use him as a pitcher.

Round 7: Theo Alexander - OF - Lake Washington HS - Alexander was ranked by Baseball America as the #337 prospect in this draft, and the 6'2" 195 pounder is described as having a smooth left handed swing. I'm not sure about his power, but he sounds like a guy who could hit for average. He's not much of a runner, however, and his defense is just average.

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