Dodgers: The lite version of the 2017 MLB draft preview

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Dec 5, 2016; National Harbor, MD, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman speaks at a press conference announcing Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill (not pictured) signing a three year contract during the 2016 MLB Winter Meetings at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2016; National Harbor, MD, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman speaks at a press conference announcing Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill (not pictured) signing a three year contract during the 2016 MLB Winter Meetings at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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Alex Lange – P – LSU

If you’re a big college baseball fan, this is a name that will surely stick out. In 2015, Alex Lange burst onto the national scene leading LSU to the College World Series with a 12-0 record and both National Freshman Pitcher of the Year and All-American honors. Since that excellent start, he has not had quite that level of success but is still a highly touted draft prospect.

Lange is a solid 6’3, 200 pounder from Lee’s Summit, MO. He went undrafted out of high school because of his strong college commitment but has parlayed a strong college career to even better draft stock.

His fastball will sit in the mid-90s and will probably stay about there for the rest of his career until natural decline. He has a powerful curveball that is a plus pitch like the fastball, and that combination has allowed him to be a strikeout machine in college.

What I think the Dodgers have to love on top of all the gifts he has is the experience that he brings along. Playing at LSU is essentially the mecca for college baseball because they have arguably the loudest and most passionate fan base in the NCAA and they are not shy about letting anyone on the field know how they are doing.

On top of that, Lange pitched for Team USA during his college tenure and got to pitch on the world stage. It will be hard to find a prospect who is better cut out to deal with the pressure of the fans in Los Angeles than Alex Lange.

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