Dodgers sign top pick

The Dodgers agreed to terms with left-hander Scott Elbert, their top selection in this week's draft, signing him to a reported $1.575 million bonus. The club also reached agreement with fifth-round pick John Raglani, an outfielder from George Washington University after signing their other first-round pick, fellow Missouri prep Blake DeWitt earlier.

Elbert, a left-handed pitcher and the 17th pick overall, agreed to a bonus of $1.575 million. DeWitt -- an infielder, the 28th player overall and a compensation pick from the New York Yankees for the signing of free agent Paul Quantrill -- signed for $1.2 million.

Elbert, a left-handed pitcher, will eventually report to the organization's rookie ball club in Ogden, a step higher than the short-season Gulf Coast League, where the Dodgers usually assign their high school picks while sending their college selections to Ogden.

Elbert was the first left-handed high school pitcher taken in the draft. He is 6-2, 175 pounds. He was 6-2 with a 0.52 ERA this season with 114 strikeouts, only 14 walks and 13 hits allowed in 54 innings. He averaged more than two strikeouts an inning.

DeWitt, an offensive-minded infielder from Sikeston High School, is a left-handed hitter who batted .544 with 11 home runs, 33 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 68 at-bats. He played shortstop in high school but projects at third base or second base.

Elbert was ranked as the 12th-best player in the draft, and DeWitt No. 65 by Baseball America. Elbert had a commitment to the University of Missouri and DeWitt to Georgia Tech.

Elbert worked out for scouts at Dodger Stadium last week. As a football player, he ran for 2,449 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior, but stuck exclusively to baseball as a senior.

The Dodgers now have signed four of their top five picks and six of their top eight. The top player still unsigned is Justin Orenduff, a right-hander out of Virginia Commonwealth University whom the club selected with the first-round sandwich pick it was awarded as compensation for losing reliever Paul Quantrill to free agency. White said those negotiations are going well.

Beginning today, all the Dodgers' signed draft picks will report to a minicamp at the team's spring training headquarters in Vero Beach, Fla. The camp runs through Wednesday, after which Elbert and DeWitt will be brought to Dodger Stadium, probably on Thursday, be introduced to several players and club officials and watch the game from general manager Paul DePodesta's box.

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