Two Draft-And-Follows Signed

A pitcher who throws with such velocity that he was signed even though he's injured is one of two draft-and-follows from 2004 who have been added to the Dodgers.

James Gilbert, a righthander from Chabot Junior College in California, reached 97 mph with his fast ball this spring prompting the Dodgers to get his signature on a contract even though he suffered an arm injury that will make it unlikely that he can see any action for them in 2005.

"He was hurt late in the season but he has promise so we signed him," said Logan White, the club's director of amateur scouting. "This way we'll pay for the necessary surgery, then supervise his rehabilitation ourselves."

Gilbert, from San Ramon, Cal., is 20 years old, stands 6-2, and weighs 195 pounds. He was chosen in the 33rd round last June out of high school but elected to attend Chabot instead of signing immediately.

The other player signed is outfielder Jeremy Brown from Pratt Community College in Kansas, who impressed scout Mitch Webster with his rapid development. A sophomore at Pratt, Brown from Sylvan Hills, Ariz, is a righthanded batter who is 6-1, 200. He was a 37th round choice a year ago.