Minor Leaguers Begin Full-Squad Drills

   VERO BEACH, Fla- Position players have joined the pitchers and catchers already in camp for the first full minor league workouts, a group that includes some more free agents trying to make an impression.

   Among those is outfielder Luke Allen, who played six games for the Dodgers in 2002 before being traded to the Rockies for Jason Romano. He split last season between Pawtucket in the Eastern League where he hit .241 and Portland in the Pacific Coast League where he hit .305, totaling nine home runs between the two clubs.

  Also in camp are catcher Octavio Martinez, outfielder James Tomlin, lefthander Jacobo Meque and righthander Miguel Pinango signed during the off-season.

Martinez, a Los Angeles native, was the Appalchian League Player of the Year in 2001. He played with Altoona in the Eastern League and Lynchburg in the Carolina League in 2006.

Tomlin was a seventh-round draft choice of the Twins out of St. Bernard High in Los Angeles in 2000,  who played for High Desert in the California League last summer.

  Meque from the Dominican Republic pitched for Savannah in the South Atlantic League and Vermont in the NYP League last year while Pinango from Venezuela was with Binghamton in the Eastern League.

  Also in camp is first baseman Kyle Orr, the Dodgers fourth-round draft pick last June who signed in September so will be making his pro debut.

  While Luke May and Carlos Santana, who were moved from the outfield to catching in the fall Instructional League, will continue to work back of the plate, Russ Mitchell, who was also tried as a catcher then, is back at third base, his old position.

In another notable position move, D. J. Jackson, who managed only a composite .197 average in three years of outfielding, is being tried as a pitcher, something he did as an amateur.

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