Dodgers sticking with Draft philosophy
Club will target 'high-ceiling' players, regardless of position
Titles have changed, but the names of the Dodgers officials responsible for the annual Draft are the same ones that have helped restock the farm system over the past five years.Logan White is now an assistant general manager instead of scouting director, but nobody gets picked without his sign-off. Tim Hallgren has been promoted to scouting director, and most of the field staff is unchanged. "Seeing the players has been handled the same way," said White. "Tim has more responsibility in running the meetings, but I have to be comfortable with who we're taking. For us, really nothing will be different." The 2007 First-Year Player Draft takes place June 7-8 at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla. The first round will be aired on ESPN2 beginning at 11 a.m. PT, and MLB.com will have every pick of the 50-round Draft, start to finish. In the five previous Dodgers Drafts, the first player taken by White has been a pitcher four times. But the Dodgers' farm system is virtually without a power hitter. White always says he'll take the best player available regardless of position, but as a former pitcher, White seems to lean in that direction. "This year's Draft has more high school players than college players," he said. "Last year, there were four or five players taken that have already made the big leagues. I don't see that many players having that kind of impact this year. We won't change the way we go about it. We'll go after a high-ceiling player." The Dodgers have the 20th overall pick and the 39th overall pick as compensation for Boston's signing of free agent Julio Lugo. The Dodgers' original first-round pick, No. 22, went to the San Francisco Giants for the signing of Jason Schmidt. "If things fall right," said White, "I think we'll get a good player at 20. I'm pretty optimistic." Recent top picks
2006: LHP Clayton Kershaw
He's been just as overpowering at low Class A this year as he was in Rookie ball last year and is considered the best pitching prospect in the organization. RHP Bryan Morris
He blew out his elbow in his 14th start last year after struggling with his control and is recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery.
|1. TB||LHP||David Price||Vanderbilt U|
|2. KC||SS||Michael Moustakas||Chatsworth HS (Calif.)|
|3. CHC||3B||Josh Vitters||Cypress HS (Calif.)|
|4. PIT||LHP||Daniel Moskos||Clemson U|
|5. BAL||C||Matthew Wieters||Georgia Tech|
|6. WSH||LHP||Ross Detwiler||Missouri St U|
|7. MIL||LF||Matthew LaPorta||U Florida|
|8. COL||RHP||Casey Weathers||Vanderbilt U|
|9. ARI||RHP||Jarrod Parker||Norwell HS|
|10. SF||LHP||Madison Bumgarner||South Caldwell HS|
He did not sign and was the first player taken in the 2006 Draft, was signed by Kansas City and is struggling at Double-A. 2004: LHP Scott Elbert
Considered the second-best pitching prospect in the organization, he currently is sidelined with shoulder problems. INF Blake DeWitt
He seems to be regressing, as this is his fourth professional season and he's still in Class A. He was supposed to be a pure hitter, but his career Minor League average is around .270. Rising fast
Kershaw has been just as overpowering at low Class A this year as he was in Rookie ball last year and is considered the best pitching prospect in the organization. Cinderella story
Outfielder James Peterson was drafted in the 16th round of 2003 and quit after the 2005 season, but returned this year and was just promoted from extended Spring Training to Class A, where he looks like a hitter.
In the Show
No players from the past three Drafts are currently with the Dodgers' big-league club.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.