Friday, June 06, 2014

The Draft Continues for Dodgers - Here are their 3rd, 4th & 5th Round Picks

This morning starts where the Dodgers left off.  They will be choosing picks #3 to #10.

At #3 for the Dodgers, 98th overall, is right-handed hurler from UNLV John Richy.  He is originally from Golden, Colorado, is 6'4" tall, 210 lbs. and is a junior at UNLV.  In 2014 he went 11 - 4 with a 3.20 ERA.  Richy completed 5 games, threw 121 inning, struck out 113 and walking only 24.

In celebration of his selection I made the above fantasy card for him.  As you can see he sports a mighty fine Rollie Fingers-style mustache.  I grabbed the photo from the Las Vegas Review-Journal (pic by Chase Stevens) and used the vintage 1987 Topps Baseball card design.  BTW, Ron Kantowski at the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote an interesting story about the origins of the mustache, here.
Chambers said he did it to support the team. The UNLV players recently started growing mustaches to express camaraderie and esprit de corps.
It's akin to what NHL players do during the playoffs - they all grow beards.

Below are his stats from the his UNLV biography page:

Here are a couple of links about what he brings to the table:
BTW, Richy is apparently a True Blue Dodger fan.  Check out his tweet here: (Whoops!  Sorry, I must learn to read this twitter thing.  A teammate of Richy is actually the Dodger fan - My Bad!)

I like this kid already!

For the 4th Round, 129th overall, the Dodgers picked University of Washington junior right-handed pitcher Jeff Brigham.  Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider, he had Tommy John surgery in 2012.  Brigham measures 6'0" tall, 200 lbs. and is 22 years old.  Per the MLB draft tracker:
He regained his velocity, albeit inconsistently, with a fastball that sits 92-94 mph and has touched 97. The life on Brigham’s fastball has led to a ton of ground-ball outs but not many strikeouts. His slider and changeup are both well behind his fastball, however, and both will need a good amount of development to be useable pitches. Brigham does go right after hitters and has been generally around the strike zone. His health history, his size and his stuff might mean a path to the bullpen at the next level.
It appears he might be a work in progress.  If he figures it out he'll be slated to join the Dodger bullpen someday.  BTW, Jeff is on twitter, and can be followed here @Jbrigs34.  You can check out his biography page at UofW hereEric Stephen at True Blue LA also has a report on him, here.

In celebration of his selection I made the above fantasy card for him.  I grabbed a photos from a Seattle Times article (pic by Jim Bates) and used the 1987 Topps Baseball card design.  I would have used a different design, but I currently only have this template at my disposal.  Maybe I'll make more fantasy cards for these kids using a different design later on.

The Dodgers 5th round pick, 159th overall, is McEachern High School 3rd baseman Jared Walker.  He measures 6' 3", 200 lbs., bats left-handed, but throws right.  He is projected as having plus power potential.  At just 18-years of age he'll have plenty of time to develop.

Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA:
"The lefthanded hitter has hitting instincts and a line-drive stroke with natural strength. He has good bat-to-ball skills, though his approach will require refinement, and average raw power that projects to plus down the road," read the Baseball America scouting report. "A team might try him at third base, but his defensive future likely lies in left field."
Eric shares a video of Jared in action.

In celebration of his selection I made the above fantasy card for him.  I grabbed a photo of Jared from his Perfect Game biography and used the 1987 Topps Baseball card design.

UPDATE:  BTW, Jared has a couple of cards in 2013 Leaf Perfect Game Showcase Baseball set.  Check them out below.

Base Card #99 Jared Walker               Base Auto #JW2  Jared Walker

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