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Coverage is on MLB.com radio if anyone's interested. I'll throw in some updates if there's any pertinent news.


Marlins don't daft until 19th so they could always trade up if they're targeting someone seriously.


Major League Phase


Kansas City - pitcher Fabio Castro from White Sox (Charlotte)

Colorado - pitcher Luis Enrique Gonzalez from Dodgers (Las Vegas)

Tampa - Steven Andrade from Toronto (Syracuse)

Pittsburgh - pitcher Victor Santos from Royals (Omaha)

Detroit - pitcher Chris Booker from Nationals (New Orleans)

Dodgers - pass

Cincy - pass

Baltimore - pass

San Fransisco - pass

Ariz - pass

Tex - pass

Cubs - pass

San Diego - pitcher Seth Etherton from Royals (Omaha)

Mets - pitcher Mitchell Wiley from Giants (Fresno)

Florida - infielder Daniel Uggla from DBacks (Tuscon)


Okay that's all I'm checking on.... if we select anyone in Round 2 I'll post it.


2nd round Marlins take pitcher Michael Megrew from Dodgers (Vegas) system

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Watch us take a pitcher even if Kevin Howard is still on the board when we pick.


remember -- it has to be a player that can stay on the team all year, or else they have to ship him back to the original team... so if they feel a pitcher is more capable to be in the pen all year than Howard is to be a non-defensive playing infielder, it would make sense, and hope Howard is there the next round. Teams have to have open spots on the 40 man roster to pick these players too. (Right now we have 4 open spots)

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2nd round Marlins take pitcher Michael Magrew from the Dodgers (Vegas)




Its Mike Megrew and he has alot of potential. Doubt he stays with us though. Very raw and coming back from surgery.



maybe they keep him stashed on the DL all season, like we did when we got Mantei off the Rule V, and let him be ready for next season, when I think we can send him down to the minors if necessary

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High A Notebook

compiled by J.J. Cooper

July 14, 2004



Vero Beach lefthander Megrew proves looks and changeups can be deceiving




VERO BEACH, Fla.?Mike Megrew isn't a particularly hard thrower. He only looks the part.


The Vero Beach lefthander casts an intimidating presence on the mound with his 6-foot-6 frame, but he doesn't possess an overpowering fastball. Megrew has emerged as one of the Florida State League's better pitchers instead because of his offspeed assortment.


"At this level, you have mostly fastball hitters," Vero Beach pitching coach Ken Howell said. "These kids can get around on a fastball, it doesn't matter how hard you're throwing. But if you can keep them guessing, you can beat them."


Megrew, 20, has kept hitters guessing while posting a 6-4, 3.21 record. He's been in the top 10 in the Florida State League in ERA all season, as well as the top 10 in strikeouts. Opponents were hitting .204 against him.


And unlike power pitchers, Megrew's success isn't predicated on his fastball. Batters often have no idea what pitch is coming because Megrew disguises his changeup so well.


"I throw it like a fastball and it has good movement," he said. "A lot of opposing hitters tell me it looks like a fastball when it's coming to them."


The hitters then end up looking silly when they swing far too early. That scene has repeated itself all season as Megrew struck out 93 batters (against 32 walks) in his first 76 innings.


Command Is Key


Megrew actually relies on his changeup and curve more than his fastball, which tops out at 91-92 mph and is consistently in the 88 mph range. Howell points to such pitchers as Jamie Moyer, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux when looking for pitchers who have enjoyed productive careers with similar approaches.


"He has better command than most guys at this level," Howell said. "He has command of three pitches. Most guys at this level are really one-pitch pitchers."


And while he's not overpowering now, Megrew's lanky frame and steady development mean that he has plenty of projection left. Especially when you consider that, despite his varied repertoire, Megrew is a relative newcomer to the game.


Growing up in Rhode Island, Megrew played Little League but then gave up baseball for the next few years to concentrate on basketball. He returned to the sport in high school.


When he returned, he wasn't an immediate sensation. As with most pitchers in the Northeast, Megrew didn't get numerous chances to throw a lot, or get noticed, at Chariho Regional High in Hope Valley, R.I.


Megrew finally did emerge late in the 2002 draft cycle with a strong senior season. By then, it was too late for college recruiters to get his attention. Scouts were swarming to his games, but when the Dodgers selected him in the fifth round, it was largely on faith. Megrew was considered a project even for a New England pitcher, because he threw in the mid-80s with a below-average breaking ball.


More Velocity, Better Results


The Dodgers spent a relatively early pick on Megrew because they believed that he had plenty of development left in his arm. And by that fall, Megrew was throwing 88-93 mph, with a good curveball and a deceptive changeup that he picked up from Rookie-level Gulf Coast League pitching coach George Culver.


After going 1-1, 2.03 in the GCL in 2002, Megrew went 5-3, 3.40 for Rookie-level Ogden last season, showing his continued development by striking out 99 batters in 77 innings. His combined opponents average in the first season and a half was .216.


The changeup that Culver taught Megrew in 2002 is still paying dividends. Culver has continued to watch him as he has developed, and he was in the stands May 19 when Megrew threw seven innings of no-hit ball against Tampa.


"He could have pitched at just about any level up to Triple-A that night, he had such good command," Culver said. "But I like to judge pitchers on the nights when everything isn't working. And he's had a couple of games where things aren't going right and he still has done well. That shows he's come a long way."


Megrew said the turning point for this season came in his second start. He had a terrible first start against Brevard County, walking five of the 12 batters he faced.


Five days later against St. Lucie, he again started out pitching too carefully and walked a batter in the first inning. After that, though, he challenged hitters and discovered he didn't need to throw a perfect pitch every time to get them out.


"I realized these guys are good," Megrew said, "but they're not that good."


Steve Megargee covers the Dodgers for the Vero Beach Press Journal.

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