The Dodgers took Jacksonville right-hander Chris Anderson with their first pick Thursday in Major League Baseball’s annual amateur draft, which might leave fans wondering how the team’s most recent top picks are faring.
So here you go:
Corey Seager, a North Carolina high school shortstop. Seager is playing for the club’s Class-A affiliate at Great Lakes in the Midwest League, and he is batting .256.
The Dodgers’ second pick last season, No. 51 overall, was Jesmuel Valentin, a shortstop out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. He is also at Great Lakes, where he has split time at shortstop and second base. Valentin is batting .212 and has already committed 10 errors -- eight of them in 17 games at shortstop. Seager has three in 32 games.
The team’s top pick in 2011 was left-hander Chris Reed out of Stanford. Reed, who was taken 16th overall -- earlier than most experts expected -- has a 2-5 record and 4.42 earned-run average for double-A Chattanooga. He has pitched 59 innings and given up 59 hits, striking out 37 and walking 23.
Also at Chattanooga are 2010 first pick Zach Lee and 2009 first pick Aaron Miller.
Lee, a right-hander who signed with the Dodgers rather than play quarterback for Louisiana State, has a record of 4-3 with a 2.62 ERA. He has given up 53 hits in 58 1/3 innings, with 52 strikeouts and 18 walks.
Miller, a left-hander, has been a starter most of his pro career, but was moved to the bullpen this season. He has a record of 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA. In 24 innings, he’s given up 30 hits, and has 26 strikeouts and 12 walks.
The most recent Dodgers’ first-round pick on their big-league roster?
That would be Clayton Kershaw, whom the team took seventh overall in 2006.
Former first-round picks Chad Billingsley (2003) and Scott Elbert (2004) are on the disabled list.
Checking in on recent top Dodgers draft picks
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