Dodgers Pick Up Schlichting

Travis Schlichting, who was once an infield hopeful for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, will be in the Dodgers system next spring as a pitcher, they having picked him up from the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent Northern League.

Schlichting was both an infielder and pitcher while in high school at Round Rock, Tex., when the D-Rays led off the fourth round of the 2003 draft by choosing him. They used him at third base but even then a scout noted, " We'll see how far his bat carries him but if that doesn't work out, he has a real chance as a pitcher because he throws 89-90 with sink."

Tampa Bay wound up trading him to the Angels in December 2005 for catcher Josh Paul. His new team liked his arm more than his bat so put him back on the mound but even though he wasn't scored on in five games in the Arizona Rookie League in 2006, he was still released.

He then caught on with the T-Bones for whom he was 2-1, 5.29 with 47 strikeouts and 29 walks this past summer.

Schlichting will be 23 years old on Oct. 19. The righthander has good size at 6-4, 215. Reply | Reply All | Forward

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