First Day of Draft Sees 18 Rounds; 560 Players

The Dodgers selected Luke Hochevar, University of Tennessee right hander with their No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft. He was the 40th player chosen. The second pick was 18-year-old shortstop Ivan DeJesus of American Military Academy high school, Puerto Rico. The third pick was another 18-year-old, Joshua Wall, a 6-6, 190 pound righthander from Central Private School, Walker, LA. The second day of the draft will stretch over 32 rounds.

After losing their first-round pick by signing Derek Lowe, the club had three choices in the first 76 picks and their first choice (#40), used to select Hochever, is a supplimental pick at the end of the first round. They selected a familiar name, Ivan DeJesus, an 18-year-old shortstop with the Mariners' second-round pick for losing Adrian Beltré. They still have their own second pick at #74. We will continuously update the Dodger selections as the two-day event unfolds.

The complete list:

No. 1 (40th overall) -- RHP Luke Hochevar, 21, University of Tennessee. 6'5", 205.
The Scott Boras factor played a huge part in the Dodgers' first selection in the 2005 draft as they chose Luke Hochevar, a righthanded pitcher from the University of Tennesse with the 40th selection.

The Dodgers, who lacked a first-round choice of their own which was forfeited to the Boston Red Sox for the signing of free agent Derek Lowe, had the 40tth overall choice in the supplemental round for losing Adrian Beltre to the Seatte Mariners. With it, they gambled on the signability of Hochevar, a Boras client who had at one time been mentioned as a possible overall first choice.

It's the second time the Dodgers have chosen Hochevar, who had been a 39th round choice out of Fowler, Col., High School in 2003. He spurned them then to attend Tennesse where he blossomed into a pitcher who many felt was the top collegiate hurler in the country. It had been expected he would be among the early choices this season but the reputation of Boras' always lofty salary demands for his clients obviously scared many teams away.
So, while it can be expected that negotiations will be lengthy, Hocehvar represents quite a prospect. He throws a fast ball that regularly arrives in the 93-95 mph range, a mid-80's slider plus a changeup and curve. He has good command of all his pitches and ranked as the top starter on Team USA this past summer.

No. 2 (51st overall) -- SS Ivan DeJesus, American Military Academy HS, PR.
Los Angeles had two choices in the second round , the first from the Mariners again for the signing of Beltré. With that choice (51st), they picked the son (and namesake) of former Dodger infielder Ivan DeJesus. A product of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy, he's a shortstop like dad but, unlike his father, is reputed to be a strong hitter.

No. 3 (74th overall) -- RHP Joshua Wall, Central Private High School.
With their own choice in the second round (#74), the Dodgers went for 6-6, 190-pound righthander Josh Wall from Central Private High in Walker, La. He's reported to have great stuff but has been erratic throughout this season. It's expected his body will fill out and he can become a power pitcher with potential.

No. 4 (108th overall)-- OF Sergio Pedroza, Cal State Fullerton.
In the third round, the choice was left fielder Sergio Pedroza from Cal State-Fullerton.† He has a smooth left-handed swing with quick hands that produces power to all fields. He hit .341-12-46 to lead his team in all major categories. He's not particularly fast but does posess a good outfield arm.

No. 5 --3B Joshua Bell, Santalucis High School, Florida.
A player who is considered to have a lot of power potential was taken in the fourth round with the selection of Josh Bell from Santaluces H.S. in Lantana, Fla. Bell, a switch-hitter, played shortstop but is projected to become a third baseman as a pro. He's 6-3, 205 and has power to all fields although he didn't really display that this spring when he constantly changed his approach at the plate. A number of clubs, including the Dodgers obviously, feel that with professional guidance, he'll settle in and rediscover the pop that he demonstrated in showcases before this season.

No. 6--RHP Jonathan Meloan, Arizona.
The top pitcher for the University of Arizona, John Meloan, was the fifth round selection. A 6-3, 225-pound righthander, he's gone 18-1 over the past two seasons using a fast ball in the low 90's, a knuckle-curve, cutter and changeup. He struck out 102 batters in 81 innings. In high school in Houston, he often coudln't get the ball into the strike zone so went undrafted even though he led the area in K's and threw a 20-strikeout no-hitter,

No. 7 -- LHP Brent Leach, Delta State, MS. In the sixth round, the choice was lefthander Brant Leach from Delta State, a Mississipi college that has one of the best programs in Division II. Leach can power the ball up at 88-92 and has other strong pitches as well but has been inconsistent for much of his college career.

No. 8 -- RHP Christopher Hobdy, Monterey HS, TX. Righthanded pitchers were all the vogue in rounds 7-9. Hobdy, a hard-throwing high schooler from Lubbock, Tex. was the seventh-round selection. Has a natural sinking action on his fast ball Throws a tight, hard slider.

No. 9 -- RHP David Horlacher, Brigham Young, UT. Followed by Horlacher from Brigham Young University. Horlacher, a Mormon, has completed his required two-year mission (in his case to Chile). He occasionally reaches into the low 90's although his forte is a big curve.

No. 10 -- RHP Michael Davitt, Davidson HS, AL. In the ninth round, the choice was Davitt, another high schooler from Mobile, Ala. He gets into the low 90's with his heat, has a loose arm and is considered quite projectable.

No. 11 -- CF Treyvon Robinson , Crenshaw HS, CA. For the 10th round pick, they reached into the Los Angeles high school ranks for Robinson a center fielder, another young player with a solid upside. He's a line drive hitter who plays hard and has good base-stealing potential. Gets a good jump in the outfield.

No. 12 -- Adam Godwin, Troy State , AL. Speed was the thing in the 11th round with the selection of outfielder Adam Godwin from Troy University in Alabama. He's the reigning NCAA D-I stolen base champ, swiping 81 in 89 attempts, 27 more than anybody else in the collegiate game. He also improved his swing technique to add some juice to his bat.

No. 13 -- RHP Kristopher Krise, Cal State Chico CA. The 12th round pick was another college righthander, Kris Krise of Cal State-Chico, the Division II champions for whom he went 9-2, holding opposing batters to a .215 average.

No.14 -- RHP Steve Johnson, St. Paul's School for Boys, MD. Son of former Oriole pitcher Davy Johnson, the 13th round choice was still another righthander who pitched for St. Paul School in Maryland. He set a state record by fanning 20 of 21 batters faced in the opening game, then went on to a perfect game, another no-hitter, two one-hitters and a pair of two-hitters. He has a 90-91 fast ball plus a strong curve but is regarded as a tough sign since he's committed to Boston College.

No. 15 -- CF Scott Van Slyke, John Burrough HS, MO. As in the case of Ivan DeJesus, Jr., the son of a former major league star was the 14th round selection- Scott Van Slyke, son of Andy, onetime Cardinal standout. He's 6-5, 210, and is considered a good athlete. However, he's another with a strong college committment; in his case, the University of Mississippi.

No. 16 -- LHP Wilfredo Diaz, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy HS, Puerto Rico. For a second time the club reached into the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy for a hopeful, this time lefthander Wilfredo Diaz in the 15th round.

No. 17 -- C George McDonald, Westchester HS, CA. Obviously feeling well-stocked in the catching department, the Dodgers finally got around to choosing a receiver in the 16th round- George McDonald, a high schooler from Playa Del Rey, CA.

No. 18 -- C Kyle Henson, Oak Ridge HS, TX. They stayed with catching in round 17, going for Kyle Hansen, a Texas high schooler.

No. 19 -- SS Kevin Carby, Booker T. Washington HS, OK, In the 18th and final round of day one, the choice was Kevin Cardy, a high school shortstop from Tulsa, Okla. A contact hitter. In the field has good hands and reactions with an average arm.