Dodgers' system not lacking in top arms

Dodgers' system not lacking in top arms

Dodgers' system not lacking in top arms
PHILADELPHIA -- Pitching is definitely in the Dodgers' Minor League pipeline, while the depth of position players is open to interpretation.

The Dodgers should have pitching depth, with assistant general manager and scouting director Logan White taking pitchers with their nine first-round picks before breaking the string on Monday with high school shortstop Corey Seager, followed by another high school shortstop, Jesmuel Valentin, in the Compensation Round.

As an example, Chris Reed was last year's top pick out of Stanford. He began this season as a starter at Class A Inland Empire, was promoted over the weekend to Double-A Chattanooga and probably could succeed in the Major Leagues as a situational lefty before the season is over.

While Chris Withrow (2007) still hasn't broken through, something has clicked with Ethan Martin (2008) this season, as he's 6-1 with a 2.92 ERA at Chattanooga. Zach Lee (2010) is considered by most farm experts as the can't-miss prospect of the bunch, but he's still at Class A.

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Shawn Tolleson, on par in high school with Clayton Kershaw before needing Tommy John surgery, is a 30th-rounder who just received his first Major League callup this week. Matt Magill has made the move this season to Double-A while continuing to win, and reliever Logan Bawcom hasn't slowed after a promotion to Chattanooga.

The system's questionable position depth has been tested this year by the wave of injuries sustained by Major Leaguers. Those already called up are Alex Castellanos, Ivan De Jesus Jr., Elian Herrera, Jerry Sands, Justin Sellers and Scott Van Slyke.

On the pitcher side of the ledger, in addition to Tolleson, Nathan Eovaldi has returned from Double-A Chattanooga to take the place of the injured Ted Lilly in the big league starting rotation, looking even better than he did last year.

And there are others to watch for. Outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez, son of former Dodger Balvino Galvez, has been promoted from Chattanooga to Triple-A Albuquerque. Joc Pederson, another son of a former Dodger, Stu, has reinforced his prospect status this year.

Albuquerque's Tim Federowicz is ready for another chance if the big league club needs a catcher, a position where Gorman Erickson and Matt Wallach provide added depth at Double-A.

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