Dodgers pick Florida right-hander in first round

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Jacksonville University right-handed pitcher Chris Anderson with the No. 18 overall selection in Thursday's first-year player draft.

Here is what ESPN.com draft analyst Christopher Crawford had to say about Anderson, who is 6 feet 4, 215 pounds and reportedly can throw as hard as 97 mph:

At one point Chris Anderson looked like a top ten pick, but the results waned a bit towards the end of the year. The Dodgers love big, strong right-handed pitchers, and that's exactly what Anderson provides them. He'll definitely enjoy the friendly confines of Dodger Stadium, but the command will have to get better if he's going to be in Dodger blue by 2015

With their second pick, No. 56 overall, the Dodgers took left-handed pitcher Tom Windle from Minnesota. Here is what MLB.com had to say about Windle:

There are pitchers with arm strength who generate velocity because of arm speed. Then there are those who don't have an overly quick arm, but just use strength to power through. Windle fits into the latter category. The Minnesota lefty threw very well in the Cape and was up to 93-94 mph there to go along with a slider and a changeup. He was a Cape League All-Star as a result of his performance. That continued into his junior year, where he continued to throw strikes and show he has an idea of what he's doing on the mound. Those kinds of college lefties, even those in cold-climate areas, tend to do well when the Draft rolls around.

* In major-league news, manager Don Mattingly said left fielder Carl Crawford could be on the disabled list well beyond the 15-day window. Crawford underwent an MRI exam that showed a considerably strained left hamstring. Crawford went on the DL Sunday.

Crawford is second on the Dodgers with a .301 batting average and has scored a team-high 32 runs.

* Ted Lilly is dealing with a strained neck and Mattingly said it's unlikely he'll make Sunday's start. Mattingly said he doesn't know who would replace Lilly if he can't pitch.

Here are lineups for Thursday night's game against the Atlanta Braves:


1. Andrelton Simmons SS

2. Jason Heyward RF

3. Justin Upton LF

4. Freddie Freeman 1B

5. Brian McCann C

6. Dan Uggla 2B

7. Ramiro Pena 3B

8. B.J. Upton CF

9. Tim Hudson RHP


1. Yasiel Puig RF

2. Nick Punto SS

3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B

4. Scott Van Slyke LF

5. Andre Ethier CF

6. Tim Federowicz C

7. Skip Schumaker 2B

8. Luis Cruz 3B

9. Zack Greinke RHP