Dodgers Believe They Struck Gold in Gould

It was just a small, two-line item in the Dodgers notes last August that read simply, "The Dodgers today signed second-round draft selection Garrett Gould, a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher from Maize (KS) High School, just outside of Wichita." Many casual fans didn't recognize the name, but the Dodgers were betting nearly a million dollars that they would in the future.

The Kansas 6-A pitcher of the year in 2008 broke big leaguer Nate Robertson's Maize High record with 95 strikeouts in 57 innings, and many projected him as a first round pick. However, he had a scholarship to Wichita State firmly in his hand and some clubs were reluctant to spend a high draft choice on a player they might not be able to sign.

The Dodgers were delighted he was still available in the second round (the Dodgers had two supplemental picks), becoming the 65th player chosen in the nation and they went $337,500 over recommended slot to sign him.

Assistant GM Logan White told LADugout in June that he had the best breaking ball in the entire draft to go with a 91-94 mph fastball that comes from a high three-quarters arm slot. He was also perfecting a changeup.

Along with his impressive high school statistics, he pitched in the World Wood Bat Association championship last October, and allowed just one hit and one walk while fanning 18 in eight shutout innings and won MVP honors.

Scouts were divided about his mechanics, some worried about the effort and others raved about how he extends his 6-4, 200-pound frame to get good extension.

Gould, 6-foot-4, 217 pounds, was a quality quarterback in football and as a forward in basketball before deciding to concentrate on baseball as a senior where he went 6-1 with a 0.78 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 45 innings. He played the outfield when he wasn't pitching and had enough right handed power to play both ways had he chosen to attend Wichita State.

After adding strength in the offseason, Gould moved his fastball from 88-91 mph in 2008 to 91-94 mph in the spring -— and it's not his best pitch.

"We just rolled the dice with the hope we could sign him. He was projected as a first rounder and there is no question he has that sort of talent. He's a big kid, physical, athletic, throws 90-94 with sink and in my opinion he has the best breaking ball in the draft. It's a power curve, 79 to 82, it's a downer and it's tough on any hitter to get a bat on.

"We thought we had a chance to sign him because he knows of all the young pitchers -- Billingsley, Kershaw, McDonald, Broxton and all the other kids who have come through the system -- and it is an easy thing for me to go into his house and talk to his parents and tell them 'If you want your son to be a big leaguer, it was a blessing to you that he was drafted by the Dodgers and that he has a better chance with us than anyplace else.' "

Colletti told Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle "This capped our Draft," said general manager Ned Colletti. "We had a good Draft that just got better."

Gould was sent to the club's training complex at Camelback Ranch at Glendale, where he pitched in the Arizona Rookie League.

He saw limited action in 2009, breaking into the games three times in September and finishing with a 0-1 with 10.12 ERA. He struck out four in 2.2 innings, gave up two hits and walked two.

Then why, you might ask, his he ranked so high? We feel that when Logan White spends $1 million on an 18-year-old high school pitcher, he is certainly worth it.

6-4 190 BR TR
Born- July 19, 1991 in Wichita, Kansas
School- Maize High School, Kansas

 Team	 w-l  era  gm  gs  in   h  bb  so  ave
Ogden	0-1  10.12  3   3  2.2  4   2   4  .333

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