Draft Day II - The Final 32 Rounds

The second, and final, day of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft will see major league teams picking over some 600 young players, drafting players they will not sign but will watch as they player Junior College ball, hoping they will develop enough to pick them up before the 2006 draft. filing minor league rosters, hoping to find a late-round diamond like Mitch Webster (23rd round), Jeff Hamilton (29th round), E.Y. Young (43rd round) or --wonders of wonders -- Mike Piazza (62nd round).

Overall, the draft will cover 50 rounds, with 32 of them coming during the second day. Over the late stages, a number of teams will opt out of the proceedings, choosing to not select the maximum 50 players.

Round I of the draft saw the Dodgers select perhaps the top pitching prospect available, Luke Hochevar, University of Tennessee right hander with their No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft. The Dodgers drafted him out of high school but could not sign him and were surprised he was still available when they mad they made him their first choice, the 40th player overall picked.

Their second pick was 18-year-old shortstop Ivan DeJesus of American Military Academy high school, Puerto Rico. He is 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.

The Dodgers first 19 selections are over 18 rounds and a first-round posting of each selection is available on this site.

Note--The number before each player is the number of players selected by the Dodgers and is one higher than the number of rounds.

Now for the final members of the class of 2005:

No. 20 -- RF Andrew Locke, Boston College. In the 19th round, the first of the second day, the Dodgers took Drew Locke, an outfielder from Boston College, who hit .304-4-33 with 14 stolen bases for the Eagles.

No. 21 -- LHP Schuyler Tripp, Davis County HS, IA

No. 22 -- SS Shane Justis, Towson State. In the 21st round, Shane Justis , a shortstop from Towson University in Maryland who batted .343-9-33 with 29 stolen bases.

No. 23 -- RF Travis DeBondt, Oral Roberts. A 6-4, 200-pound outfielder from Oral Roberts University who has a quick bat that should generate home run power.

No. 24 -- LF Jason Whitehouse, Spartanberg Methdist. A 6-1, 193-pound lefthanded hitting outfielder is a freshman at Spartanburg Methodist Junior College in South Carolina. He's from Farmington, N. H. where he was an all-state selection.

No.25 -- LHP Jonathan Dutton , Rancho Bernardino, HS, CA.

No. 26 -- Kyle Foster, Lower Columbian College, WA.

No. 27 --SS Jordy Mercer, Taloga School, OK. A tall, athletic shortstop from an Oklahoma High School. He has solid hitting mechanics and good bat speed. In the field, he shows good hands and an accurate arm.

No. 28 -- RHP Matt Coburn, Humble HS, TX. Coburn is a bulky righthander from a Texas high school with an easy arm action. His fast ball sits in thr 88-90 mph range . He throws a quick-breaking curve from a three-quarters slot.

No. 29 -- LHP Timothy Segelke, Green River CC, WA. Sekelke , a 6-4, 215-pound lefthanded pitcher from Greeen River Coummunity College in Washington.

No.30 -- RHP Kent Williamson , Hayden HS, KS

No. 31 -- OF Kyle Morgan, Bakersfield, CA. Morgan, who can play both first base and the outfield, is a lefthanded batter who hit .306-5-18 in 20 games for Bakersfield Junior College.

No. 32 -- RHP Jonathan Forest, University of British Columbia. He became the first Canadian selected. He has a controlled delivery with a loose, fluid motion. His fast ball runs about 90 mph and he throws a deceptive changeup.

No. 33 -- LHP Nathan Hammons, Ft. Cobb Broxton HS, OK.

No. 34 -- LHP Keith Lemay, Kwantlen College.Another Canadian was chosen here, lefthander Chris Lemay of Kwantlen University. He's 6-2, 170.

Round 35 -- RHP Shawn Laglasci, College of Southern Idaho. A third straight Canadian was the choice although in this case, Laglasci, a righthander, pitched in the US for the College of Southern Idaho. He''s reputed to have a good arm although the results weren't pleasant, 1-4, 4.23.

No. 36 -- 1B Rick Taloa, Santa Ana College, CA. A Powerful, 6-5, 245-pound first baseman from Santa Ana Junior College, who hit 15 home runs, was the choice.

No. 37 -- RHP Andrew Marquardt, St. Francis HS, CA.

No. 38 -- LHP Justin Wilson, Buchannan HS. Wilson, a California high school righthander, regularly hits 93 on the gun, throws an excellent 3/4 slider and a circle change. He, however, has a strong college committment. CA. No. 39 -- C Stephan Herman, Penn-Trafford, PA. Ypou have choice 40 wrong. It actually is Jake Debus, a lefthanded pitcher from an Illinois high school , who, I suspect is related to Jon (since he's orginally from Illinois) but have no verification of that fact.

No. 40 -- LHP Jake Debus , Victor J. Andrews HS, IL.

No. 41 -- 1B Jason Mooneyham, Chapman University, CA. Mooneyham, the top slugger on a strong Division III team, not only led his team in home runs, he's a patient hitter who was one of the nation's best in drawing walks.

No. 42 -- RHP Christopher Johnson, John A. Logan College, WV. Johnson, a freshman at John A Logan Junior College in West Virginia, showed a promising arm in striking out 47 batters in 50 innings.

No. 43 -- C Arnoldi Cruz, Okaloosa Walton CC, FL.

No. 44 -- C Brandon Rocha, Los Alamos HS, CA.

No. 45 -- SS Chase D'Arnaud, Los Alamos HS, CA.

No. 46 -- 3B Brian Matthews, Newton County HS, GA.

No. 47 -- 3B Anthony Benner, Eastlake HS, CA.

No. 48 -- 3B Mark Sunga, Notre Dame HS, CA.

No. 49 -- C Paul Wourms, Thompson River University. Wourms is a strong defensive catcher from Canada's newest university, Thompson River in British Columbia.

No. 50 -- RHP Garet Hill, Biola University, CA. Hill is a righthander who throws a sinking fast ball, a cutter that acts like a slider and a deceptive three-fingered change.

No. 51 -- LHP Mitchell Houck, Cypress Bay High Shool, FL. The final choice for L.A. in the 2005 draft ws Mitchell Houck, a lefthander from Cypress Bay, Fla. His fast ball has late life and he complements that with a tight 3/4 curve. He's agressive, goes after hitters.

In all, the Dodgers chose 15 righthanded pitchers, 11 lefthanders, six catchers, nine infielders, eight outfielders and two first basemen.

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