Withrow, Watt, Miller and Danielson in camp

The pitching high draft choices have all reported to the Gulf Coast Dodgers at last and in preparation for their mound debuts, they have been busy tweaking rosters, moving one player up and dropping two others.

The newcomers, righthander Chris Withrow, the number one choice in June's draft, along with lefthander Michael Watt (#2), and righthanders Justin Miller (#6) and Danny Danielson (#7) are all in camp at Dodgertown but since it's been around a month since any was last in game competition, they're being worked in slowly, throwing bullpen sessions to tune up. When they do get into action, they're scheduled to work only a couple of innings apiece.

In the meantime righthander Kris Krise was deemed far enough along on his rehab that he was moved up to Ogden. Kris pitched in just one game, going six innings in which he didn't allow a run while giving up just four hits. He struck out six while walking two in that effort. It was his first duty since 2005 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

But the end came for righthander Mario Gracia and lefthander Schuyler Tripp. Gracia,in his second year with the GCL Dodgers, won his only decision but had a 13.50 ERA in the two games in which he appeared. Last season Tripp was agonizingly wild and this year didn't even get into a game. In 2006 he pitched in 6.1 innings in which he walked 20, threw six wild pitches and had an 18.47 ERA. Amazingly he won his only decision.

In addition to the draft choices, the Gulf Coast team will also soon have the services of Mexican righthander Edwin Contreras. Contreras, whom Mike Brito signed over the winter, has yet to pitch in a game after being sidelined by a pulled muscle in his lower back.

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