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Dodgers web musings: Clayton Kershaw is looking serious

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Good news: Clayton Kershaw is apparently feeling challenged by his own success.

In a video, Buster Olney takes a look at Clayton Kershaw’s off-season regimen for the “Baseball Tonight” crew.

The reigning National League Cy Young winner told Olney:

“I feel like I have to go more over the top than ever because people are having these expectations that I’m going to come in and not be ready to go, so more so than ever I’m motivated to be ready to go.”

Also on the web:

-- Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick previews the Dodgers heading into spring, saying they “look to improve upon last year's 82-79 record by loading up on pitching, improved defense and hope.”

-- Jon Garland lives. He’s signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.

-- Kevin Goldstein has his annual list of the top 101 prospects for Baseball Prospectus. Sadly, only one Dodger makes the list: Zach Lee at No. 70.

-- Mike Petriello at Mike Scoioscia's Tragic Illness thinks the rest of the National League’s first basemen may have dumbed down to James Loney territory.

-- Roberto Baly at Vin Scully Is My Homeboy looks at how the Dodgers roster was built.

-- Scott Andes at Lasorda’s Lair is worried what new ownership might mean for Dodger Stadium.

-- Eric Stephen, this time at SB Nation Los Angeles, on Tommy Lasorda being honored with a statue in the Dominican Republic.

-- In a video, Dodger Thoughts’ Jon Weisman reveals his own strigent off-season conditioning regimen.

-- The Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker looks at the comeback attempt of Hong-Chin Kuo, who says: "It has to come from inside me.''

-- Tip to Weisman: Alex Bleth at Bronx Bomber takes a long look at new Yankee right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.

-- Bryan Painter at The Oklahoman profiles new Dodgers assistant trainer Greg Harrel (includes video interview).

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-- By Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Clayton Kershaw delivers a pitch against the Angels during an interleague game at Anaheim Stadium last season. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times / July 2, 2011

Dodgers sign No.1 pick Chris Reed [Updated]

Reed_640 Without much of the suspense and intrigue of last season, the Dodgers have signed their No.1 draft pick from the June amateur draft.

Team officials are expected to announce later this morning that they have signed Stanford left-hander Chris Reed, a source confirmed.

[Updated, 11:30 a.m., Aug.12: The Dodgers have officially announced Reed's signing.]

Last year, many didn't give the Dodgers much of a shot at signing their No.1 pick, Zach Lee, because he had committed to LSU to play quarterback. At the eleventh hour, they signed Lee for a club record $5.25 million.

Of course, the team wasn't in bankruptcy then.

Still, there wasn't nearly the organizational angst over signing Reed, a former Reseda Cleveland High School star. The only potential hiccup was that he was represented by agent Scott Boras, who in 2005 represented Luke Hocheva, the last No.1 pick the Dodgers failed to sign.

ESPN L.A.'s Tony Jackson reported that Reed accepted a signing bonus of just under $1.6 million.

Reed is scheduled to be at Friday night's Dodgers game against the Astros. He will be assigned to Class A Rancho Cucamonga, a fairly high start, though it does keep him in California the next month.

The 6-foot-5 Reed was the 16th overall selection in the June draft. In his junior year at Stanford last season, he went 6-2 with nine saves and a 2.65 ERA. He was the Cardinal closer, and although he started only one game, the Dodgers initially plan to use him in the rotation.

Right-hander Ryan O'Sullivan from Oklahoma City University, selected in the fourth round, is now the Dodgers' only top-10 pick who has yet to sign.

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-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Stanford relief pitcher Chris Reed throws to the plate against Fullerton during the seventh inning of an NCAA regional college baseball game on June 4. Credit: Bret Hartman / Associated Press

No. 1 pick Zach Lee makes strong professional debut

For those who like to look down the road, cross fingers and dream of better days … Zach Lee had a fairly impressive professional debut Friday in Midland, Mich.

The Dodgers’ No.1 draft pick last June, Lee threw four shutout innings for the Great Lakes Loons, holding the Lake County Captains to two hits. He struck out five and walked three.

The Loons -- don’t you love minor league nicknames? -- eventually fell, 2-1.

Lee was the supposedly unsignable, 6-foot-4 right-hander who had already enrolled at Louisiana State to play quarterback. The Dodgers fairly shocked baseball by signing him to a $5.25-million bonus, easily the largest in their history.

In another minor league note, the Dodgers have re-signed Preston Mattingly, their former No.1 pick who was released last week by the Indians.

Mattingly, the son of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, was assigned to the Dodgers’ Arizona camp for extended spring training.

-- Steve Dilbeck

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