Dodgers go to college often on Day 2

Dodgers go to college often on Day 2

On the first day of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, the Dodgers went with a college arm.

Day 2 started a little differently, but college players would eventually become a theme.

The Dodgers began the day by selecting Alex Santana, a high school third baseman, and the son of former Mets shortstop Rafael Santana, with their second pick, the 73rd overall.

"I'm excited about Mr. Santana," said Logan White, Dodgers assistant general manager, amateur and international scouting. "With his father being an ex-big league shortstop, I'm always a big fan of bloodlines. He's actually a lot taller than his father, he's got a frame to fill out, he's rangy, he's a very smart kid." In his senior year at Mariner High School (Fla.), during what Santana called "a so-so season," he hit .402 with four homers and 29 RBIs.

"It was crazy," Santana said of the emotions of being selected. "I had an idea it was going to happen, but just to hear it happen -- to hear my name -- I had my family around, and it was just a great feeling."

On playing for a team with the history of the Dodgers, Santana said he couldn't be more excited.

"Seeing myself in that uniform is going to feel great," the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder said.

Santana's father is currently the director of scouting and player development in the Dominican Republic for the Chicago White Sox. He spent seven seasons in the big leagues, where he hit .246 for his career and was a member of the World Series-winning 1986 Mets.

Draft Central

With their third-round pick, the Dodgers selected Pratt Maynard, a left-handed-hitting catcher out of North Carolina State. Maynard finished his junior season hitting .323 with five homers and 41 RBIs. White said Maynard "should be an offensive catcher, and he's strong and physical."

In the fourth round, the Dodgers stuck with players coming from baseball bloodlines, drafting right-handed pitcher Ryan O'Sullivan, the brother of Royals pitcher Sean O'Sullivan. He had been taken in the 10th round of the 2008 Draft by San Francisco but opted to attend San Diego State before transferring to Oklahoma City University. White praised O'Sullivan's ability to throw four different pitches -- a two-seam and four-seam fastball in the 90s, a breaking ball, and a changeup.

The Dodgers continued a trend of selecting college players early on -- Santana was the only high schooler they drafted in the first five rounds -- when they nabbed Scott McGough in the fifth. McGough, a Pittsburgh native who was selected by the Pirates in the 46th round of the 2008 Draft, worked primarily as a reliever in college, going 3-6 this season with a 3.59 ERA. His best asset may be his durability, leading the team in appearances this year, and leaving the University of Oregon as the all-time leader in appearances. White said he was impressed with the velocity on McGough's fastball, which is usually around 94, but clocked as high as 97, and White said he should move quickly through the organization.

The Dodgers' first 10 picks were spread out between three positions: six pitchers, two catchers and two third basemen. They added a pair of high school arms -- righty Scott Barlow (sixth round) and lefty Jamal Moore (10th round) -- both out of California.

In the rounds between those two pitchers, the Dodgers went with a trio of college players. In the seventh, they took left-handed-hitting third baseman Scott Woodward from Coastal Carolina. Woodward will join his former college teammate, Chance Gilmore, in the Dodgers' system.

In the eighth, they went with lefty pitcher Rick Anton out of Utah. His stock rose with a very impressive senior season in which he went 9-1 with a 2.52 ERA.

In the ninth, they chose catcher Tyler Ogle, who had a dominant season as one of the team captains at Oklahoma. Ogle hit .343 with nine homers and 45 RBIs during his junior season, finishing his the season with a career .330 batting average at OU.

Three of the Dodgers' next four picks were infielders, including a pair of shortstops -- David Wingo (11th round) out of South Carolina and Justin Boudreaux (14th) out of Southeastern Louisiana.

They selected San Francisco product O'Koyea Dickson in the 12th round. Dickson played college ball at Sonoma State, leaving as a junior.

The 13th round saw the Dodgers take pitcher David Palladino, a 6-foot-8 high schooler from New Jersey. At Emerson High School, Palladino threw four no-hitters, his most recent coming in the state quarterfinals, when he struck out 12.

Boudreaux was the first of seven consecutive college players the Dodgers selected. The next was 6-foot-5 righty pitcher Craig Stem from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.

Jeff Schaus, who was taken by the Indians in the 27th round last year, went in the 16th round to the Dodgers this time around. The 6-foot-2 outfielder didn't hit a homer in his senior season at Clemson, but did manage 20 doubles and a .323 average.

Jesus Valdez, out of Oxnard College in California, marked the third third baseman taken by the Dodgers in the first 17 rounds. Valdez, from Hueneme, Calif., was taken in the fifth round last year by the Angels. He opted to enroll in junior college to make himself eligible for this year's Draft, but he ended up falling 12 rounds, to the 524th overall pick.

Christopher O'Brien, out of Wichita State, was the Dodgers' third catcher selected. He won conference player of the year honors this season. He hit .410 with 100 hits -- 10 of them homers -- and 70 RBIs.

The Dodgers followed the trio of position players with a trio of pitchers in the 19th, 20th, and 21st rounds. The first two, Garrett Bush and Vince Spilker, are righties that pitched for community colleges, and the third one, Zakery Qualls, is a lefty from Rancho High School in Nevada.

Before taking two more pitchers (Garrett Bolt, a righty out of Western Illinois and Matthew Shelton, a righty out of Sam Houston State), the Dodgers went with outfielder Kyle Conwell from Bellevue Community College in Round 22. The Dodgers sandwiched another outfielder around two pitchers when they selected center fielder Travis Burnside, out of Spartanburg Methodist College, in the 25th round.

White acknowledged the pitching talent was a bit deeper than the hitting talent in this year's Draft, and that certainly started to show toward the end of Day 2. In the 26th and 27th rounds, respectively, he went with righties Freddie Cabrera out of Central Methodist University, and Taylor Garrison out of Fresno State.

To close out Day 2, the Dodgers selected outfielder Joe Winker (Mercer), righty pitcher Joseph Robinson (UNLV) and shortstop Adam McConnell (Richmond).

AJ Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.