Dodger Thoughts: Draft

Major League Baseball's newest collective bargaining agreement with players was ratified last week while I was on vacation, with some major implications on the game in general and on the draft in particular. In case your attention was elsewhere as well, here are some key points:
  • Teams will pay a penalty tax if they spend more than a specified amount to sign picks taken in the first 10 rounds. (With this kind of rule in place, the Dodgers would almost definitely not have signed Zach Lee in 2010, for example — unless the allotted funds were unexpectedly high.)
  • No draft pick compensation for free agents unless they spent the entire season with your team.
  • Compensation picks will be awarded if a team offered the departing free agent "a guaranteed one-year contract with a salary equal to the average salary of the 125-highest paid players from the prior season." No more Type A and Type B free agents.
  • The signing deadline will be moved "to a date between July 12 and July 18 depending on the date of the All-Star Game."

Many of you have already delved into this, but here are some handy links if you haven't:
  • Jayson Stark of ESPN.com has a worthwhile Q&A with union chief Michael Weiner.
  • Buster Olney of ESPN.com says there are real questions of how the new deal will affect competitive balance.
  • Chad Moriyama breaks down the changes in the new CBA — I cribbed from his piece to give you the bullet points up top.
  • Matt Swartz of Fangraphs analyzes the impact of the draft compensation changes.
  • Thirteen teams will be in a lottery to earn one of six extra draft picks in the 2013 draft, writes Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com (via MLB Trade Rumors).
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The Dodgers have signed their top nine draft picks with this news from Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com:
The Dodgers reached agreement on Monday with former Oklahoma City University right-hander Ryan O'Sullivan, their fourth-round selection in this year's amateur draft. The agreement came hours before the deadline for signing this year's picks and just four days after the club finalized an agreement with first-rounder Chris Reed, a pitcher out of Stanford University.

O'Sullivan, who will turn 21 next month, is the brother of former Los Angeles Angels pitcher Sean O'Sullivan, now with the Kansas City Royals. He never actually pitched at Oklahoma City, redshirting there this season after transferring from San Diego State, where he went 4-4 with a 6.71 ERA in two seasons. He was drafted out of high school three years ago by the San Francisco Giants, in the 10th round, but opted to attend college instead.
Chris Reed is expected to make his first official appearance at Dodger Stadium before Friday's game, coinciding with the announcement that the first-round pick has signed with the Dodgers. From Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com:
Reed accepted a signing bonus of a little less than $1.6 million just four days before Monday's deadline for signing this year's draft picks.

The deal is expected to be announced on Friday. The agreement became official after Reed passed a physical examination on Thursday.

The Dodgers now have signed nine of their first 10 picks, the exception being fourth-rounder Ryan O'Sullivan, a right-hander out of Oklahoma City University.

Reed will attend Friday night's game at Dodger Stadium between the Dodgers and Houston Astros and is expected to be made available to the media either before or during that game. Shortly thereafter, he will report to the team's advanced Class A affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga, two levels higher than where collegiate draft picks usually begin their careers. ...

Reed won't attend the Dodgers' Instructional League camp in Arizona after the season because, as part of the agreement, he will be allowed to return to Stanford in the fall to continue working toward his college degree. ...
As the Dodgers and Angels prepare to battle on the field for the first time this season, we can revisit an earlier pseudo-faceoff between the two clubs – the MLB draft.

Los Angeles and Los Angeles* drafted in succession, with the Dodgers using the 16th pick overall and the Angels the 17th. Both teams picked college juniors: Stanford pitcher Chris Reed to Chavez Ravine, Utah first baseman C.J. Cron to Anaheim.

The question of the day is this: Why did the Dodgers, an organization that needs offensive help, take the pitcher – a reliever at that – instead of the hitter. Cron certainly has his bona fides.

"A 6-foot-4, 235-pound right-handed slugger who can drive the ball but also sprays it to all fields and makes consistent contact, Cron from the beginning was in the bull's-eye of Los Angeles scouting director Rik Wilson," wrote Tom Singer and Jordan Garretson of MLB.com.

In 49 games, the first-team All-American had a .517 on-base percentage and .803 slugging percentage, with 15 walks and 31 walks compared to 21 strikeouts in 198 at-bats. The twist with Cron: Do the words "torn right labrum" scare you off?

"I played through it, because the doctor said I couldn't do any more damage," Cron told MLB.com. "It's pretty painful when I throw, so something will have to be done eventually."

Said Jason A. Churchill of ESPN.com: "Cron possesses perhaps the best power tool among college bats in the entire class. A natural catcher, Cron played first base this season due to a shoulder injury, but that is likely where he ends up as a pro. He makes a lot of contact, too, but doesn't generally work the count all that much. He generates leverage and loft consistently and is believed to have a strong enough ability to hit for average that he'll skate through the minors in a couple of seasons. The Halos need bats, and Cron gives them one."

And this from Baseball America: "He doesn't move well at first base and is a bottom-of-the-scale runner, but that's all right because he's the best all-around hitter in the country and should have no problem producing the numbers teams expect from a first baseman. Cron has the unique combination of pure hitting ability and power. He projects to be an above-average hitter and has legitimate 80 raw power on the 20-80 scale that translates into at least above-average usable power. He has great hand-eye coordination and the strength in his hands to drive good pitches for singles and doubles. He uses a good approach at the plate and makes adjustments well, so he should move quickly through a team's system."

However much they might or might not have been tempted by Cron, the Dodgers went with Reed, the reliever whom they project as a starting pitcher.

"Reed is listed at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds," said Baseball America, "but scouts say he has grown and gained strength from last year to this year. His fastball varies from 89-91 mph some nights to 92-94 on others, and he has touched 96. He'll show a power slider and above-average changeup, but all of his stuff needs more consistency. That should come with experience. Reed has totaled just 68 innings at Stanford and has started only one game. His size, athleticism and three-pitch mix will tempt teams to give him a shot as a starter in pro ball."

The Cleveland High grad finished his season with 52 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings, while allowing 39 hits (one home run) and walking 17.

"There's big league ability here and his changeup and slider are his two best pitches," Churchill said, "but this was a pick to make sure they landed a player with probability and signability, rather than upside."

However, the final judge was Dodger assistant general manager of scouting Logan White, and don't try telling White that Reed doesn't have upside.

"I think this guy definitely can start," White told Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com. "I think we got fortunate that the kid was pitched out of the bullpen. We were on him a long time. He hasn't been seen a lot (by other clubs). He throws 92-95 (mph). ... He is big and strong, 6-feet-5 and 215 (pounds). He has a hard slider, 86-88, and a sharp changeup as well."

If anything, the signability issue might loom larger in White's mind, with Reed being a Scott Boras client, but the man who lassoed Zach Lee a year ago isn't lacking confidence.

"I would never say it's a slam dunk, but I'm fairly confident about it," White told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. "I think the kid really wants to play; he's given us every indication that he wants to go play. He wants to start.

"Scott and I get along fine. I've had fine dialogue with the Boras Corp. I don't have resentment from that standpoint. There's always some concern. Like last year, I felt we would sign (Lee), but I couldn't say 100 percent. This is the same way."

White's bias toward drafting pitchers in the first round is hard to ignore – this is the ninth time in the past 10 Dodger drafts that a pitcher has been the team's first pick. It hasn't always been successful, but Cron did not persuade White to break from the formula. Best-case scenario: Reed is competing with Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Rubby De La Rosa, Zach Lee, Garrett Gould, Nathan Eovaldi, Allen Webster and more for a spot in the Dodger rotation.
NL Batting Average
.336 Joey Votto, CIN
.335 Andre Ethier, LAD
.335 Jose Reyes, NYM
.331 Lance Berkman, STL
.329 Matt Kemp, LAD

NL Home Runs
18 Matt Kemp, LAD
17 Prince Fielder, MIL
17 Jay Bruce, CIN
15 Lance Berkman, STL
14 Albert Pujols, STL

NL Runs Batted In
55 Prince Fielder, MIL
53 Matt Kemp, LAD
48 Ryan Howard, PHI
47 Jay Bruce, CIN
45 Lance Berkman, STL

The odds are slim – he's at his hottest and still only leading in one category. But still, pretty impressive.

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  • The saga of Vin Scully's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame continues. As Tom Hoffarth of the Daily News reports, Southern California native Glenn Mingay is leading an effort to raise $2,500 needed to restore Scully's star to proper condition at Save Vin Scully's Star.
  • John Sickels of Minor League Ball reviewed the Dodger draft. Summary: "You can see the money limits here, but this isn't a total disaster. Reed, Maynard, and O'Sullivan are all interesting, and there's a mixture of solid college performers and high-upside, high-risk bets as well. It could have been a lot worse. But it wasn't good, and the development staff has a lot of work to do with these raw guys."
  • Hong-Chih Kuo and Kenley Jansen had encouraging rehab assignment debuts, writes Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, but the forecast looks much more grim for Vicente Padilla and Jon Garland. "Padilla has a bulging disk in his neck, a recurrence of a condition that limited him to one start in six weeks last year," reports Gurnick. "Garland has what has been described as shoulder inflammation, but sounds a lot more like a labrum or rotator cuff tear."
  • Bill Plaschke of the Times talked to Kuo after his appearance and writes admiringly of the pitcher's efforts, but says he still seems unsettled.
  • Juan Castro and Jay Gibbons have cleared waivers and been outrighted to Albuquerque, but they have the right to refuse the assignments and become free agents (or retire, which some have speculated Castro will do). This makes moot the confusion over why the Dodgers designated Gibbons for assignment three days before optioning Jerry Sands, but the fact remains that the Dodgers no longer believe in Gibbons. "Gibby wasn't giving us enough to basically have a guy that's pretty much one-dimensional," Don Mattingly told Dylan Hernandez of the Times. "He's not going to steal a bag for you. You have to defend for him."
  • Dee Gordon's speed is the real deal, but the little guy is still going to need to improve his ability to hit line drives to succeed, argues Bill Petti of Beyond the Box Score.
  • Tough realities: The Times is killing my favorite blog of theirs, historical chronicle Daily Mirror, because of low readership (criminally low readership, I'd say). That site was a pure treasure trove, with the latest treat being a series of reprints of Jim Murray columns in this, the 50th anniversary of his Times debut. Larry Harnisch and Keith Thursby put huge amounts of time and energy into the Daily Mirror, and I just want to thank them.
Brandon Lennox of True Blue L.A. has a summary of the Dodgers' top 30 picks from this year's amateur draft.

In addition, as Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com notes, the Dodgers picked East Los Angeles College second baseman Stefan Jarrin, grandson of legendary Dodger broadcaster Jaime Jarrin and son of Jorge, with a 40th-round pick.

And then there's 31st-round pick Mickey McConnell, who as Eamonn Brennan of ESPN.com writes, has been hoopin' it up at St. Mary's the past four years.

Update: Here's a link to all of the 2011 Dodger draft picks.
North Carolina State catcher Pratt Maynard is the Dodgers' third-round pick in the draft. The 6-footer has a .414 on-base percentage and .474 slugging percentage in 2011. He also has pitched in the past, but did not do so for North Carolina State this year.

Here's a profile on Maynard from Caulton Tudor of (Charlotte) Newsobserver.com:
When Pratt Maynard left South Granville High in 2008 to join N.C. State's baseball team, he had never played a game as a catcher.

That changed fast.

Entering what might be the final game of his college career today, Maynard could be a catcher for many years to come. ....

... College programs have started creating catchers as much as trying to find them in recruiting.

"It's really changed," Avent said. "Pratt is the first guy we've tried it with, but a lot of programs have been doing it for years. Catcher is such an important position that you almost have to look at all possibilities.

"We were planning do it with Russell Martin [then a junior college infielder in 2002] and converting him, but the Los Angeles Dodgers had the same idea."

Originally a pitcher-third baseman, Maynard made a smooth adjustment to the demanding catching tasks. And as a left-handed batter with power, he emerged as one of the best in the nation. ...

That'll be it for round-by-round draft updates for the time being. We'll catch up on the Dodger draft later today, but in the meantime, you can track selections here.
The Dodgers selected 6-foot-4, 200-pound third baseman Alex Santana from Mariner HS in Florida in the second round of the MLB amateur draft. He is the son of former major-league infielder Rafael Santana, who hit 13 career home runs but listed at 6-1, 165.

Here's a profile of the new draftee from Annabelle Tometich of the Fort Myers (Fla.) News Press:
Speaking on a static-riddled cellphone from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, fresh from a workout with the Seattle Mariners and on his way to another workout with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mariner High senior Alex Santana found a few minutes for an interview.

The Triton baseball player knows a thing or two about timing.

After what Santana called a so-so high school season (he only hit a team-best .402 with four home runs and 29 RBI), the 6-foot-4, 200-pound third baseman launched a grand slam to dig his team out of a three-run deficit at the Florida Athletic Coaches Association's All-Star Baseball Classic championship game in Sebring last weekend.

The four-run shot, which glanced off the roof of a building behind left-center field, capped off Santana's 3-for-4 performance the day before. He was named the Classic's MVP.

"I'm not the guy who's going to hit a ton of home runs, but when I connect I'd say they go a ways," Santana said.

"I could see it on some of the scouts' faces. It further proved my point, that I can perform with the best in the nation."

He hopes major league teams agree. ...


Santana would reportedly play at Florida Atlantic if he doesn't sign with the Dodgers.

Santana has also pitched, as this Perfect Game profile notes:
Excellent athletic build, loose and strong. 6.97 runner, easy defensive actions, very good arm strength, throws carry, soft hands. Tall stance, easy low effort swing, very good extension, drives through the ball, good leverage at contact, can hit it hard to the opposite field, could be more aggressive. Also pitched, may have higher ceiling as RHP. Steady 88-89 mph fastball, have seen 91 mph in the past, smooth and easy arm action, good run/sink on fastball, repeats delivery very well, curveball flashed hard spin and bite, very good depth. Must be followed both ways. Good student, signed with Florida Atlantic.

The Dodgers have gone to my alma mater for their first pick in the 2011 amateur draft, taking 6-foot-4 left-handed pitcher Chris Reed from Stanford. Reports say that Reed was something of an unknown quantity entering the year — a reliever who will get a look as a starter, but might end up staying in the bullpen. It's a surprising enough selection that it definitely asks you to put your faith in Dodger assistant general manager Logan White (or at least understand the financial constraints he's probably working under).

Reed has 48 strikeouts against 54 baserunners in 49 2/3 innings this season for Stanford, which advanced to the Super Regional round of the NCAA baseball tournament this past weekend. Here's the ESPN.com scouting report:
The genius of college coaches: Chris Reed, a 6-foot-4 left-hander who sits 92-94 as a reliever with two off-speed pitches that will at least flash above-average, has made exactly one start this year for Stanford, instead working out of the pen where he's been successful but wasted.

Reed adds a sharp, short slider in the 82-84 mph range to that fastball and will show a very hard-fading changeup in the upper 70s, throwing strikes with all three pitches but not yet showing the fastball command he'll need to start in the big leagues. He comes from a slot just under three-quarters and repeats his delivery well enough to start, although he could stay upright longer and get more downhill plane on the fastball.

Many scouts like Reed as a potential starter, and we know he can pitch in the bullpen if that doesn't work out, but I like his chances to end up a No. 2 or 3 starter once he's stretched out.

Reed was born in London but went to Cleveland HS in the San Fernando Valley.

Draft day dope

June, 6, 2011
6/06/11
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The MLB draft begins today at 4 p.m. Three things we can be confident of with the Dodgers, who will have the 16th pick in the first round:

1) However unlikely it was that the Dodgers would spend more than $5 million to sign last year's No. 1 pick, Zach Lee – and sure enough, they did it – multiply that by a factor of oodles this year.

2) However apparent the Dodgers' needs are on the position player side, they'll choose the best player available, which could very likely be a pitcher.

3) However much we make of the first pick, lower-round guys can definitely make a difference. It's a wait-and-see proposition all around.

A sampling of Dodger draft picks of the past 10 years, with the round they were drafted in (via Baseball-Reference.com):

1 - James Loney (2002)
1 - Chad Billingsley (2003)
1 - Scott Elbert (2004)
1 - Blake DeWitt (2004)
1 - Luke Hochevar (2005)
1 - Clayton Kershaw (2006)
1 - Zach Lee (2010)

2 - Jonathan Broxton (2002)
2 - Ivan De Jesus, Jr. (2005)
2 - Josh Lindblom (2008)
2 - Garrett Gould (2009)

4 - Delwyn Young (2002)
4 - Xavier Paul (2003)
4 - Javy Guerra (2004)
4 - Josh Bell (2005)
4 - Dee Gordon (2008)

5 - Jon Meloan (2005)

6 - Edwin Jackson (2001)
6 - Matt Kemp (2003)
6 - Brent Leach (2005)

10 - Cory Wade (2004)
10 - Trayvon Robinson (2005)

11 - James McDonald (2002)
11 - Nathan Eovaldi (2008)

15 - Eric Stults (2002)
15 - Russ Mitchell (2003)

17 - Russell Martin (2002)

18 - A.J. Ellis (2003)
18 - Allen Webster (2008)

19 - David Price (2004)

24 - Andy LaRoche (2003)

25 - Jerry Sands (2008)

30 - Shawn Tolleson (2010)
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Logan White has supervised Dodger drafts since 2002.


Pretty nice 28 hours that Logan White just had.

Monday evening, White 2003 draftee Chad Billingsley finished his sixth consecutive quality start, with an ERA of 1.33 in that span.

Tuesday evening, White 2006 draftee Clayton Kershaw threw seven shutout innings in the Dodgers' 6-0 victory over Colorado and moved up to third in the National League in strikeouts.

And in between, White converted his bold first-round selection of Zach Lee into what might be the coup of the 2010 draft.

Lee's reported $5.25 million deal was more than twice the size of Kershaw's draft-year signing, in part because of the leverage that college football provided Lee, but it also reflects the belief that Lee could make the kind of remarkable impact for the Dodgers that Kershaw already has.

We might not get to see all three of these pitchers in the same Dodger rotation -- Billingsley becomes eligible for free agency after the 2012 season, while it might be a rush to get the teenage Lee to the bigs by then -- but there is that tantalizing possibility. And even if it doesn't happen, you can be pretty sure the past two nights haven't gone unnoticed inside baseball.

Put another way, even if there comes a weekend series in the September 2012 stretch run with Kershaw, Billingsley and Lee on the mound for the Dodgers, will White be around to see it?

White has long been an attractive candidate for other front offices in baseball, certainly from a scouting viewpoint but also in terms of general manager openings. Getting Lee to the Dodgers -- convincing both parties to get on board -- when almost no one thought he could, adds a new layer of appeal.

The signing arguably turned around a year in which, aside from Kershaw and Billingsley, things went a little south for White's other prodigies. There was Blake DeWitt's and James Loney's lack of home-run power, Russell Martin's ongoing fade and Matt Kemp's backward steps. There was James McDonald once more not seizing the day (though he seems to be thriving in Pittsburgh), and Scott Elbert's disappearing act. And there was a mixed bag of results on the development front in the low minors -- some remarkable advances like that of Jerry Sands, some retreats by others.

But Kershaw, Billingsley and Lee serve as a reminder that betting on White is about as safe a gamble as you can make in -- this can't be over-emphasized -- an inherently risky field. I have no idea what specific interest other teams will show in White, but as the Dodgers make their lengthy to-do list for the 2010-11 offseason, one item that needs to be on it is "Keep Logan White happy." Unless you subscribe to the philosophy of, "If you love someone, set him free."
First the Dodgers Joc the world, and now they shock the world.

Confounding skeptics from coast to baseball coast, the Dodgers made good on their word and successfully delivered an offer to first-round draft choice Zach Lee reportedly at $5.25 million over five years, luring him from Louisiana State, where he had been about to embark on a quarterbacking career. Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com has details.

Back in October, I suggested that the divorce might bring about "a time when you buy the kids a nice pony to take their mind off the ugliness." It took a while, but Lee is that pony, at least for the hardcore Dodger fan. It's a remarkable turn of events and expectations.
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It appears he Dodgers will record at least one deadline signing, even if they don't get Zach Lee. Eleventh-round draft pick Joc Pederson, son of 1980s cup-of-coffee Dodger Stu, has agreed to terms with the Dodgers, according to Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

The report is attributed to multiple sources, albeit anonymous. Pederson, whose salary demands caused his drop from the draft's highest rounds to the double-digits, reportedly would get a $600,000 signing bonus, higher than any 2010 Dodger draft signee to date.

Here's a draft-day report on Pederson from Chad Moriyama of Memories of Kevin Malone.
With little for me to talk about regarding today's 13-1 defenestration of the Dodgers – Tony Jackson has everything you could possibly want to know, including the tidbit that the Dodgers have gone three straight games without a run-scoring hit – I can finally turn my attention to Monday's 9 p.m. deadline to sign 2010 draft choices, including No. 1 pick Zach Lee.

Bullet points:
  • The Dodgers aren't the only team going down to the wire on their first-round draftee, as the chart accompanying Ken Gurnick's MLB.com article indicates.
  • Kevin Baxter of the Times details how little the Dodgers have been spending on amateur talent lately.
  • Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports bucks the conventional wisdom and suggests that the Dodgers will make Lee a legitimate bid, with lots of explanation why. Henson has a quote from Lee saying, "I know I’m going to have to make a decision if they make an offer."

No single draft pick is a referendum on the Dodgers' amateur talent strategy. The cupboard isn't barren. But let's just say that a team that spends its past year not signing its first-round pick, not offering salary arbitration to free agents and thereby forfeiting more first-round picks, not investing in international signings and not stopping from trading away handfuls of prospects each year is checking off a lot of boxes on the negative side of the ledger.

Let's see what the news is at 9 p.m. Monday.
The controversy over the Dodgers' top draft choice continued Tuesday.

Dodger assistant general manager Logan White insists that the Dodgers think they can sign Zach Lee, writes Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com, despite speculation that the Dodgers purposely chose a player whose salary demands would be unreachable, in order to save money.

Louisiana State football coach Les Miles said Tuesday that he met with Lee and his parents and that Lee intends to go to college to play football and baseball. White addressed that statement directly.
"He might go to school,'' White said. "That is always a possibility. We certainly knew that was a possibility when we drafted him.''

Even so, White adamantly denied that the Dodgers would ever draft a player knowing they couldn't sign him.

"I can understand why people might think that,'' he said. "But that is one of those things where people create what they want to create, and it is just so far from the truth. I certainly want to sign Zach Lee, as much as any player I have ever drafted.''

White also dismissed a suggestion that he was under orders from McCourt to tank this year's first-round pick.

A similar (though perhaps less intense) drama brewed around the Dodgers' sixth-round pick, pitcher Kevin Gausman, who is also an LSU recruit. Writes Evan Drellich of MLB.com:
Gausman told The Denver Post he too was leaning toward going to college.

"Because of the amount of money that I want, they are going to follow me and see if I'm actually worth that," Gausman told The Post.

"Being drafted in the sixth round, I think I have a chance to next year come out and really be a big influence at LSU and maybe even be their No. 1 guy on the mound," Gausman said. "As of right now, I'm set on [LSU]."

White called Gausman's statement "a normal part of the process."

"He would've been a potential late first-round sandwich pick, but he's got significant signing demands as well," White said. "And he may not sign. We'll see what happens."

If Lee doesn't sign with the Dodgers, the team will get a compensatory pick in the 2011 draft. Some believe this might be a smart move, because that draft is expected to be deeper in talent – so that even if the Dodgers acknowledge (to themselves, if no one else) that Lee isn't coming, it doesn't mean that they are avoiding paying amateur talent. We'll see.

On a brighter note, Drellich writes that second-round pick Ralston Cash said he is interested in signing with the Dodgers despite having a scholarship to Georgia. Cash flew out last weekend for a last-minute workout with the Dodgers, and he and White bonded.

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  • Vicente Padilla went 4 2/3 innings with one run allowed in a rehab start for Inland Empire on Tuesday. Padilla gave up three hits, walked one and struck out four.
  • Kyle Russell singled and tripled in his AA debut for Chattanooga on Tuesday, while Chris Withrow threw seven innings without allowing an earned run, striking out six.
  • Elisaul Pimentel allowed one run over six innings in Great Lakes' victory. Brian Cavazos-Galvez had three hits.

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Stat of the Day has a fun list of pitchers who have thrown at least five consecutive starts of eight innings or more, without allowing more than one run – fun because the list of course includes the Orel Hershiser and Don Drysdale scoreless inning streaks, as well as Fernando Valenzuela's beginning to the 1981 season. You'll also find Don Sutton and Don Newcombe there.

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