Dodgers play it safe in 2007 Draft

Here’s BA’s pre-draft scouting report on Withrow:

Chris Withrow, rhp
School: Midland (Texas) Christian HS. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 195. Birthdate: 4/1/89.
Scouting Report: Withrow first boosted his stock last summer at the Texas Scout Association showcase, and he has continued to rise up draft boards this spring. He has a projectable 6-foot-3, 195-pound body and plenty of present velocity. He was reaching 93-94 mph as the draft approached and consistently pitching at 88-92 mph. He has a clean delivery, no surprise for someone whose father Mike pitched at Texas and reached Double-A in the White Sox system. Mike is also his pitching coach at Midland Christian High. Withrow doesn’t always finish his curveball, but it’s a promising pitch with bite and has improved this spring. He should get drafted high enough to pass up the opportunity to attend Baylor, but if he does go to college he’ll be a two-way player. He has some hitting ability and the athleticism to play an outfield corner.

W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
8 1 1.32 13 3 58 40 8 90

Inside: Chris is a big strong all-around athlete, who will just get bigger and stronger by the time he reaches Los Angeles (likely 2011).  The best things about him are his very clean and repeatable mechanics (this type of pitcher tends to stay healthy) and three pitches (fastball, curve and change) that have a chance to be above-average.  This type of player is a nice safe pick.

Unfortunatley, he is not Rick Porcello.  For the third year in a row for the Tigers Christmas came early.  Detroit as always is willing to over pay for young talented hard-throwing pitcher.  With the 27th pick they dared what the Dodgers would not and selected the best high school pitcher in the game Rick Porcello (think a Josh Beckett-type talent).  The problem with 6’5 195lb, Porcello is not his 96 mph heater or his other three above average pitches, its his SIGNABILITY!  This guy is going to be very expensive to sign.  Oh well that’s Baseball in 2007 if your willing to over-pay you can do well no matter where you select in the draft.

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