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Dodgers ink first-round pick Withrow

Dodgers ink first-round pick

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LOS ANGELES -- First-round Draft pick Chris Withrow signed on Friday for a $1.35 million bonus and was a Dodger Stadium visitor, meeting players and touring the clubhouse.

Withrow, a right-handed pitcher out of Midland (Texas) Christian High School, was the 20th overall pick in the Draft, received as compensation from the Red Sox for the signing of free agent Julio Lugo.

Withrow is 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, and assistant general manager Logan White compared him to a young John Smoltz for his delivery and body type. Withrow's father, Mike, pitched in the White Sox Minor League system and was his pitching coach in school.

Withrow was 8-1 with a 1.32 ERA, recording 90 strikeouts and eight walks in his senior year. Last year's 20th overall pick, high school first baseman Chris Parmalee, was taken by Minnesota and signed quickly for a $1.5 million bonus.

Scouting director Tim Hallgren said the club has signed all of its picks in the first 17 rounds except supplemental first-round pick James Adkins, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Tennessee; fifth-rounder Kyle Blair, a right-handed pitcher from Los Gatos (Calif.) High School; and 14th-rounder Devin Fuller, a right-handed pitcher from Gilbert (Ariz.) High School.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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