Dodgers Sign Nine Draft Picks

  Dodger scouts were busy over the weekend  signing players selected in  last week's draft of amateurs. In all, nine agreed to terms with third-round choice Austin Gallagher heading the list.

     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 strikeouts (319).

   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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