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    I want to hold off on all prospect stuff since we're in the playoffs but I figured this was worth reporting right now.

    Martin Gets Back To Mound

    Ethan Martin had to wait longer than expected to make his professional debut. The Dodgers' first-round pick signed in early July and reported to the Dodgers' Rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate. His first scheduled start was rained out, and then the Georgia high school product injured his knee in a pitchers fielding drill, sidelining the righthander for the remainder of the regular season.

    Martin, BA's High School Player of the Year, returned to action on Sept. 27 with two scoreless innings against the Padres' instructional league squad. Working mainly with his 94 mph fastball, Martin showed excellent command by throwing 20 of 29 fastballs for strikes. He also mixed in a few changeups, but mostly was working on spotting his fastball.

    "I felt really good," said Martin after his first start. "I was just trying to get back on the mound. I went out and did my job and it just felt good to be out there."

    Dodgers pitching coach George Culver liked what he saw in Martin's debut.

    "The thing I was impressed by the most today was he wasn't nervous," said Culver. "He went out there totally in control of himself and threw a lot of strikes . . . He's obviously got a long way to go, but what we saw today was very, very exciting."

    Martin's time on the sidelines while healing from his knee surgery wasn't a total waste. He spent the time, "just watching the games . . . just studying hitters and the way they stand in the box . . . just watching other pitchers to see what I can learn off of that."

    Culver also believes that there are plenty of lessons to be learned by a young professional like Martin even if they're not on the field.

    "The first year is mostly about learning how to be a pro, how to be on time, how to put your uniform on, how to act," said Culver. "He's a very professional guy . . . we're very impressed with him."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Jackson, Baseball America
    The Dodgers have decided to go full speed ahead in converting Josh Lindblom, their second-round selection in this year's draft, from a reliever to a starter. The former star closer at Purdue is in the Arizona instructional league working on two pitches, a splitter and a straight changeup, in hopes of making one of them the third weapon in his repertoire.

    Lindblom, who skipped Rookie-ball and went directly to low Class A when the Dodgers signed him, made eight starts in the Midwest League and posted a 1.86 ERA, although he was stretched out gradually and wound up pitching only 29 innings. He then skipped high Class A altogether and was promoted late in the season to Double-A Jacksonville, where he made a serviceable start on Aug. 28 at Montgomery. In that game, Lindblom worked five innings, yielding two earned runs on five hits, including a double and triple to 26-year-old Rashad Eldridge. He also struck out four and issued only one walk.

    Lindblom has a strong chance of beginning next season at Chattanooga, the Dodgers' new Double-A affiliate, if he continues to progress as he has thus far.

    "He is showing more poise and maturity," Dodgers assistant general manager De Jon Watson said. "We moved him from the bullpen to the starting rotation, and the kid didn't back off at all. His velocity has been consistently 91-95 miles an hour, and he has touched 96. He commands his fastball to both sides of the plate and has a solid breaking ball."
    Logan White, the master converter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolvie View Post
    Logan White, the master converter!
    Nice find. Lindblom is one of the prospects I am excited about. Great numbers in the Midwest League this year and didn't look out of place in AA. No surprise they are making him a starter, since he's a college player he has been fast tracked. Hopefully he can stick in AA this upcoming season. If the conversion doesn't work he can always go back to the pen as well.

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    Here's a very early analysis on our most recent draft from Baseball America.

    QUICK TAKE

    Healthy again by instructional league, Ethan Martin could take the same quick development path as former Dodgers high school first-rounders Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw. Lindblom could pay off quickly, while Russell, Gordon and Delmonico are intriguing position players.

    POSITION PLAYERS

    BEST PURE HITTER: 2B Tony Delmonico's (6) polish showed when he batted .340/.443/.716 at Rookie-level Ogden. The Dodgers tried him at catcher in instructional league. SS Devaris Gordon (4) is much more raw, but he still managed to hit .331/.371/.430 at Ogden.

    BEST POWER HITTER: OF Kyle Russell (3) led NCAA Division I with a 28 homers in 2007 and set the Texas career mark with 57. He has a propensity for striking out, but he did go deep 11 times in his pro debut.

    FASTEST RUNNER: Gordon has top-of-the-line speed and stole 18 bases in 60 pro games. He flew under the radar of many clubs because he was academically ineligible during the spring at Seminole (Fla.) CC.

    BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Gordon, who has tremendous actions and range at shortstop.

    PITCHERS

    BEST FASTBALL: RHPs Ethan Martin (1), Josh Lindblom (2) and Nathan Eovaldi (11) all range from 90-96 mph. Lindblom has the best fastball life and command. Martin, the first high school pitcher taken in June, has yet to debut after tearing the meniscus in his right knee during a fielding drill in a postdraft minicamp.

    BEST SECONDARY PITCH: Martin has a power curveball that arrives at 80-81 mph with good depth and tilt.

    ODDS AND ENDS

    BEST PRO DEBUT: Lindblom gets the nod over Delmonico and Gordon for reaching Double-A in his first summer. He posted a 2.12 ERA and a 37-5 K-BB ratio in 34 innings.

    BEST ATHLETE: Martin initially captured attention as an athletic, power-hitting third baseman. As a position player, he would have been drafted in the first two rounds.

    MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND: Gordon is the son of Phillies reliever Tom Gordon. Other draftees with big league relatives include 3B Austin Yount (12), whose father Larry made one appearance and whose uncle Robin is a Hall of Famer; 2B/OF Brian Ruggiano (23), whose brother Justin is a Rays outfielder; and LHP Jonathan Runnels (29), whose grandfather Pete won two American League batting titles.

    CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: Though Lindblom had more success as a reliever at Purdue, the Dodgers plan on developing him as a starter. He'll still begin 2009 in Double-A and could reach the majors by the end of the season. LHP Cole St. Clair (7) hasn't regained the plus stuff he had before hurting his shoulder in 2007, but his still-solid arsenal and competitiveness could get him to the big league bullpen in a hurry.

    BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: Eovaldi had Tommy John surgery in May 2007 but rushed back for his senior season. His signability was in question but the Dodgers got him for $250,000.

    THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: Power-hitting 3B Zack Cox (20) was a top-two-rounds talent who was intent on attending Arkansas.

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    From a BA Chat

    some interesting players.
    Q: Santino from Anaheim asks:
    Did Kyle Russell make any inroads in cutting down his K's? He looks like plus power, but is he the next Bye Bye Balboni?
    A:

    Jim Callis: Kyle Russell was Kyle Russell, hitting for power and still striking out a lot. I don't think he'll ever hit for a high average or make a ton of contact, but he has legit power and I think he'll reach the big leagues. He's better than Balboni, a good athlete who can play a solid right field.
    Q: Brett from The ILL asks:
    What kind of player can Devaris Gordon become? He's so thin and missed his college season, so what can we expect next year and beyond?
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    Jim Callis: The Dodgers love his athleticism. He has a ways to go because he's raw, but his ceiling is as a high-average hitter, legit stolen-base threat and dynamic shortstop. Nice package.
    Q: Paolo Cruz from Tempe, AZ asks:
    What are the chances Delmonico can make the transition to catcher?
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    John Manuel: Pretty solid, he's got the build, he has arm strength and he sure ain't no shortstop.
    Q: Martin from Dallas asks:
    How is Ethan Martin's rehab from knee surgery going, and what's your sense of his ceiling and odds of reaching it? Another possible Billingsley/Kershaw type hit?
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    John Manuel: I wouldn't put him in their class just yet, but that might be my ignorance. Those guys have dominant fastballs and plus-plus breakers, doesn't seem like Martin is quite in their class.

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    Low-level Draftees impressing in AFL | dodgers.com: News

    "Eovaldi throws as hard as Broxton did when we signed him," said assistant general manager Logan White. "If he starts, he'll throw in the mid-90s. If he relieves, he'll hit 100 mph easy."
    Lambo, who bats and throws left-handed, is hitting .346 in seven games in Arizona. He's 6-foot-3, 198 pounds and coming off an All-Star season at Great Lakes, where he hit .288 with 15 homers and 79 RBIs.

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    Baseball America Chat Wrap

    Jeff (Hermosa Beach): Can James McDonald be a solid back of the rotation guy for LA in 2009? How does he project in the long run?

    SportsNation Jim Callis: Yes, he could. In the long run, he's a No. 3 or 4 starter.
    Tony (Watertown, SD): Who's a better pitcher this season: Kershaw or Billingsley? 3 years from now?

    SportsNation Jim Callis: Billingsley in 2009, Kershaw in 2011.
    Jorge (Mira Loma CA): Should Matt Kemp be traded?

    SportsNation Jim Callis: I'd hold onto him if I were running the Dodgers.

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    Not what you want to read. This is from John Sickels' blog.

    Ivan DeJesus, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: Came into Arizona with a reputation for strong defense and a promising bat, but he has looked awful this fall. He has played very sloppy defensively, making frequent mistakes that he normally does not make, and scouts are now questioning his work ethic. He is too young for this to hurt his status badly right now, but he needs to get his head back on straight before spring training.
    Very possible that this poor performance could be due to fatigue. Either way, no reason to give up or DeJesus or be down on him. He had a great season in the Southern League.

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    Nice read on some of our prospects

    Young Dodgers making an impact | dodgers.com: News

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