Apparently the announcement was a mistake and the Dodgers plan to have Martin pitch.
Dodgers select RHP Martin - PE.com - Professional Sports
Quotes from Logan White
He's too good an athlete, has too good a delivery and is a great makeup guy not to take him," said assistant general manager Logan White. "He was a position player until two years ago, so he's got a fresh arm. He's already got a plus-curveball and he throws 90-95 mph every time out. He's still filling out, so he projects to get better. We did a lot of research on him and he's healthy.""His arm action, his breaking ball, his athleticism -- in some ways he reminds me of Haren," said White.
I like the pick, as a pitcher he seems to have a lot of potential since he already has 3 plus pitching and has been pitching a couple years. Like somebody said, typica Logan pick...and it has worked so far.
We have the next Nolan Ryan!!Kevin Goldstein (12:41:06 PM PT): I really think a mistake might have been made, and Martin is going to be switched to RHP. One team official compared him to Nolan Ryan -- I kid you not.
Dodgers take a reliever in the 2nd round:
The highest-drafted player from 2005 who still has yet to turn pro, Lindblom turned down $300,000 as a third-round pick of the Astros. After spending one year at Tennessee and two at Purdue, he'll likely go one round higher this June. Lindblom scuffled as a starter before the Boilermakers made him a reliever late in the season. Now that he no longer has to pace himself, Lindblom throws at 94-95 mph with heavy life as he goes full bore for one or two innings. His hard curveball has improved, and he has quickened his delivery as well. He also mixes in an occasional splitter. Lindblom throws strikes but works out of a higher arm slot, making his pitches easier to see and more hittable than they seemingly should be. He has a resilient arm and workhorse build at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, but his stuff has been so much more electric out of the pen, suggesting that is his best role as a pro.
The Gordon guy we drafted is Flash Gordon's kid btw.
Some BA chat stuff
Q: Kevin from California asks:
The Dodgers have already called up Kershaw. Do you think they will also call up McDonald?
Ben Badler: McDonald could get a callup, though I might like to see him stay in the minors a little longer to work on his fastball command. He doesn't walk too many guys, but I saw him leave too many balls up in the zone, and that's been something scouts would like to see him improve upon as well. He doesn't have an overpowering fastball—he sits at 88-90, maybe some 91s here and there, so he's going to have to command the pitch down in the zone, especially with his flyball tendencies. Maybe a stint to Las Vegas would help? Regardless, his changeup is a downright nasty pitch that comes in anywhere from 10-14 mph slower than his fastball but with the same arm speed. Bugs Bunny would be proud.Q: Jason from Cleveland asks:
Are the Dodgers almost done screwing around with Andy Laroche? What in the world are they trying him at second base for?
Ben Badler: Possibly trying to get his bat into the lineup, possibly showcasing him for a trade. I think we at BA had Blake DeWitt ranked high than almost anyone else, but right now I would try to sell high on DeWitt and put LaRoche in the everyday lineup at third base rather than deal LaRoche. But obviously it's hard for a team to tell a player who has performed so well—even if it's just over two months—that he has to sit in favor of another rookie. But I still think flipping DeWitt and holding onto LaRoche would yield better value for the Dodgers.
I think I agree with Ben Badler, there's a potential that DeWitt's hot start will hurt us in the long run. It sort of handcuffs everyone, from Torre to Colletti to LaRoche, and I'm really not convinced he can keep it up. He's never put up these numbers in the minors before, and his defense doesn't keep him there if he can't do it at the plate.
Of course, he does have a pretty swing, and Logan White has undoubtedly sprinkled some magic fairy dust on him.
High praise from Jim Callis on Martin
Q: J.V. from Sherman Oaks, Ca asks:
What do you think of the Dodgers' draft so far? Great job on ESPN by the way.
Jim Callis: Thanks . . . Ethan Martin was the best-case scenario for the Dodgers at 15, and they got him--the best HS pitcher in the draft. Josh Lindblom (second round) is a power-armed reliever, went in a good spot. Third-rounder Kyle Russell hit 47 homers the last two years at Texas, though a lot of people wonder if he'll hit with wood. Cole St. Clair (seventh) and Nathan Eovaldi (11th) have intriguing arms if they're completely healthy.