Former First-Rounders Continue To Impress
Fresh on the heels of the positive debut of former first-rounder Ethan Martin, the Dodgers had another bit of good news when their first-round pick from the 2007 Rule 4 draft, Chris Withrow, took the mound for the Inland Empire 66ers of the California League against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAA).
Withrow, a 6’3″, 195-pound righty from Midland Christian High School, only threw 13.0 innings combined in 2007 and 2008. Today, however, the 20-year-old threw 5.0 hitless innings, striking out six and walking two before exiting the game. He was placing his 96-mph fastball well, and mixing in his curveball and changeup to keep hitters off-balance.
He’s already thrown more innings than he did in 2008, when he threw just 4.0 innings between cutting his hand throwing a snorkel mask (no, really) and going down with elbow tendinitis.
Pitching coach Charlie Hough has worked with him to clear up his mechanics, and the future looks bright for Withrow. Obviously, if Withrow and Martin (the Dodgers’ #3 and #9 prospects, respectively) are able to continue their development, the Dodgers organization is in pretty good shape for the immediate future.