The Los Angeles Dodgers stayed the course of adding pitching depth to their farm system by choosing left-hander Tom Windle out of the University of Minnesota.
Windle, a 6-foot-4, 204-pound junior excelled in the Cape League the past two seasons garnering attention from major league scouts. It was his pitching in these games that showed was he was capable of as much as his two seasons in the Big 10.
It was a good choice for the Dodgers who have given up a lot of pitching prospects to add immediate firepower to their major league roster. Selecting a little know southpaw after a can’t miss big right hander on the draft’s first night shows the Dodgers’ prowess in the scouting department. But, of course, only time will tell.
With so many unknowns in the First year Player Draft, the bet no one can blame you for making is on a pitcher — especially a crafty, strike throwing lefty.
Windle, who hasn’t blown anyone away with his power, only recently working his fastball into the lower 90’s, will be a project for sure, but well worth the risk. At only 20 years old, there is time for him to mature with not much pressure on him to advance quickly to the major leagues. The blue crew has a few young left handed pitchers on their roster that are doing a pretty decent job for them right now.