The Los Angeles Dodgers have their sights set on landing a pitching prospect with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft set to begin on Thursday, June 6.
Obtaining an arm early is a high priority for Los Angeles, who depleted their farm system’s depth when they acquired big-leaguers Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto. They gave up several young arms, and now they’ll have to replace them.
The draft isn’t especially deep this year when it comes to arms. The Dodgers would do well to land a high-quality pitcher at the 18th spot and could take a hard look at some local prospects. At least one mock draft has Los Angeles selecting Southern California product Ian Clarkin out of San Diego’s James Madison High School at that spot. Another realistic player who could be available is Phil Bickford.
If the pitchers they like don’t fall to them at No. 18, they could eye a position player like high-shcooler Tim Anderson, a shortstop that has a dynamic skill set.
In the past five years, four of the Dodgers’ top picks have each been pitchers. Given the circumstances, it wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if they continue that trend.
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