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Chavez Ravine Draft Recap (Part One)
« on: 12 Jul 2015 12:53:13 PM »
The DMBO Dodgers sought to reshape the franchise's future with the 2015 Draft of Unaffiliated Players, and at times by moving down in the draft, and other times moving up, were able to add 11 new faces to the reserve roster.   Due the volume of players, this recap will be divided to two parts, with the first focused on the five selected during Rounds 1-3:

Round 1, Pick 20 -CF Garrett Whitley
Round 1, Pick 22-CF Daz Cameron
Round 2, Pick 8-SS Jorge Mateo
Round 2, Pick 19-CF Mallex Smith
Round 3, Pick 22-RHP Mitch Keller

Overall, the team focus during the first three rounds was to add athleticism and to be willing to sacrifice much hope of contribution to the active roster in exchange for an overall significant ROI.  The only deviation from that statement from the first three rounds is Mallex Smith, who is apt to be active two to three seasons (or more) than the balance of the team's early round picks.

The first two team selections were spent on two of who the Dodgers' organization considered among the top three scholastic outfielders available from the MLB draft.  Both Garrett Whitley and Daz Cameron have a very good chance to stick in centerfield in their respective MLB organizations, and may someday team with David Dahl to form a defensive dream team in the DMBO Dodgers' outfield.

The scouting reports on Whitely and Cameron have likely been read by every GM in DMBO many times.  The Dodgers feel fortunate to add both.

If Jorge Mateo and Mallex Smith each reach what is hoped to be their peak potential, the sim-league Dodgers may feature a latter-day form of Whiteyball into the offense.  Mateo has 56 steals through 78 games at Low-A, and Smith has notched 30 in 74 games split between AA and AAA. 

As noted above, Mateo is a longer-term project at shortstop.  With any organizational luck he may be ready to slot into the lineup when Brandon Crawford has moved on through free agency in 2019.  Mateo is currently still a raw prospect that needs seasoning, but his kind of speed doesn't come down the pike everyday and is as much a factor to his defensive range as it is a disruption on the base paths.

Smith has a good chance to be MLB ready by the 2017 season, and is a dark horse candidate to be on the 2016 squad.  This is not a proverbial five-tool player, but he is a decent defensive player who may develop into a good leadoff hitter and base stealing pest.

Third round pick Mitch Keller likely won't be an active roster candidate until 2019 (give or take a season either way) but is a young pitcher with promise.  Picked last year by the Pirates in the second round of the MLB Draft, at 19 he will pitch in the Appalachian League this summer after posting a 1.98 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 29 Ks in 27.1 IP spread over eight starts and one relief appearance in the 2014 Gulf Coast League.