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The Dodgers took two-way player Alex Verdugo from Sahuaro High School with plans to start the 6-foot, 200-pounder in the outfield.
Here’s the report from MLB.com:
When the spring began, Verdugo was one of the few two-way prospects in the Draft class that may have had a split camp over whether he should hit or pitch. As the Draft drew closer, it became increasingly apparent that most teams saw his future on the mound. As a pitcher, Verdugo projects as a No. 3 starter at the big league level. While not the biggest pitcher in the world, he does have a compact and efficient delivery. His three-quarters delivery gives him good angle and movement on his fastball, which averages 89-91 mph and has reached 94. He could add more velocity if he focuses on pitching full-time, and he also features a promising curveball and a changeup with some life. The athleticism that made him a solid outfield prospect, and would help him be a potential two-way player at Arizona State, should aid him in his development as a pitcher, though the MVP winner for the National team at the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field last August will have to get past some makeup concerns to keep his Draft stock up.
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com has more:
Despite a preference to Draft pitchers that borders on obsession, sometimes Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting Logan White takes a two-way player and lets him leave the mound for the batter’s box.
White did it with James Loney in 2002 and again Thursday in the second round of the First-Year Player Draft, selecting Arizona high schooler Alex Verdugo as an outfielder, even though Verdugo was viewed by many clubs as a left-handed pitcher, as was Loney coming out of high school a dozen years ago.
“He would have been a high pick as a pitcher, but he loves to hit,” White said of Verdugo, who will start his career as a center fielder. “He’s a quality hitter. Like I said years ago with Loney, if he doesn’t hit, he’ll go right to the mound. I think he can be a big league pitcher.”
But White also acknowledged the Dodgers are light in home-grown position players and this Draft was particularly thin. White said that as an outfielder, Verdugo reminded him of Joc Pederson, the club’s No. 2 prospect. …
Verdugo was one of the true breakout stars of the summer, performing very well both at the plate and on the mound at the Area Code Games and the Perfect Game All-American Classic in San Diego
You won’t find too many swings better from the left side in this class than Verdugo; he takes a short, direct path to the ball with above-average bat speed and keeps his hands in to generate power to the pull side. His swing has a natural loft to it, and as he gets stronger above-average power totals for a corner outfielder are not out of the question.
Defensively, Verdugo has the speed, athleticism and arm strength to play any of the three outfield positions, but right field seems to be his most natural position. He’s a good runner on bases, with speed that could steal you 20-25 bases.
There’s a chance that Verdugo could get drafted as a pitcher, where he’s been clocked at 90-93 mph with some feel for pitching, but more than likely he’s going to be selected as an outfielder with the chance to be an above-average regular with a cannon for an arm.