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Dodgers view RHP Anderson as potential workhorse

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to restock their minor league shelves with pitching in this year's draft after trading away a handful of pitching prospects in their midseason moves last year.

Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, Nathan Eovaldi, Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin were all traded for veterans in 2012.

They started reloading Thursday by taking a pair of college starters with their first two draft picks -- Jacksonville University right-hander Chris Anderson (18th overall) and University of Minnesota left-hander Tom Windle (56th overall).

It was the 10th time in the past 11 drafts that the Dodgers have taken a pitcher with their first selection, and vice president of amateur scouting Logan White said he was "tremendously excited" to get Anderson. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander was considered a potential top-10 pick at the start of his junior season. Pitching for a team that finished with a losing record, though, Anderson carried a heavy workload, and his draft status slipped somewhat during the season.

"I honestly sweated out the Chris Anderson pick," White said. "You heard a lot of names out there. We really laid in the weeds as much as possible.

"We were sold as a unit on this guy being the guy we wanted."

White described Anderson as "a big horse, a physical guy with a durable body and a really good delivery." White hesitated to make comparisons for Anderson but then mentioned Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling as being similar physically to Anderson.

"On the right day, he's got three major league pitches right now," White said of Anderson's 92-96 mph fastball, slider and changeup. "You guys will see this guy up here as a front-line starter pitching 200 innings a year."
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