Joining Gallagher are outfielder Erik Kanaby, selected in the 10th round along with righthander Paul Koss (11), catcher Jessie Mier (12) , righthanders Bobby Blevins (13), Cal Stanke (15), and Andres Santiago (16), first baseman Franklin Jacobs (17) and second baseman Gabriel Casanova (37).
Gallagher, who played for Manheim Township High in Lancaster County, Pa., is
a powerful slugger who impressed with a Dodger Stadium workout in which he
launched several shots into the far reaches of the park. He hit .587 this spring
for Manheim with 12 doubles and eight home runs. He was just as good on the
mound, going 8-0 with an 0.91 ERA.
But it's his bat the Dodgers love. He holds every career hitting mark for his
school with a lifetime average of .476. His assignment to Ogden is something of
a surprise since the Dodgers have refrained from sending high schoolers to the
Pioneer League in the past couple of seasons because it's laced with players
with professional and college experience.
But they want to challenge Gallagher, whose father Glenn played
professionally, to see how he fares in the long ball department there. He's set
to report Friday.
Kanaby is the career batting leader for Lamar University with a .381 mark. He
hit .406 this spring. A line drive hitter, he has good speed. Koss used an
outstanding curve to close for Southern California. He racked up 16 saves while
going 3-3, 2.79.
Mier played for NAIA power Lewis & Clark State where he hit . 350 with seven
home runs and 60 RBI this spring. Blevins is from LeMoyne College where he was
9-3, 3.07 this spring. He holds the school's career marks in victories (32) and
Stanke was undefeated in two years of pitching for the University of
Wisconsin- Oshkosh. This year he was 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA. Both Santiago and
Jacobs are high school players. Santiago pitched for Collegio del Sol in
Bayamon, P.R. . He throws in the low 90's and , at age 17, was the youngest
player the Dodgers took in the draft.
Jacobs is a mammoth (6-5, 260) first baseman from Robert B. Glenn High in
Kernersville, N. C. He's immensely strong and a superior athlete. He holds his
school's home run record and also led the basketball team in scoring and
rebounding. Casanova hit .388 for Barry University which is located in Miami.
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