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Dodgers' top two picks dazzle in debut
Former rivals combine for seven punchouts for Great Lakes
06/26/2013 12:02 AM ET
Dodgers first-rounder Chris Anderson got five of six outs on whiffs Tuesday.
Dodgers first-rounder Chris Anderson got five of six outs on whiffs Tuesday. (Great Lakes Loons)

Pro ball is new to Chris Anderson and Tom Windle, but they're not new to one another.

"He's a familiar face," Windle said of Anderson. "We've been acquaintances and played against each other since high school. We've learned baseball from each other."

In Class A Great Lakes' 10-1 win over South Bend, they showed that they've taught one another well. Anderson, the 18th overall pick by the Dodgers in this year's Draft, recorded five of the six outs he got via the strikeout, and he allowed one hit over two scoreless innings. Windle, Los Angeles' second-round choice, also threw two shutout innings, giving up only a walk while striking out two.

Anderson and Windle grew up about 20 miles apart in suburbs of Minneapolis, Minn., and they pitched against each other's teams in high school. Anderson went on to Jacksonville University, and Windle pitched for the University of Minnesota, but they were rivals again last summer in the Cape Cod League. Anderson toiled for Yarmouth-Dennis and Windle was on Brewster.

"[Windle is] a great guy," said Anderson. "We try to get the best out of each other. He's been great at helping me improve as a pitcher, and I'm continuing to help him as much as I can."

On Tuesday, Anderson struck out the side in the first and then started where he left off in the second, fanning the leadoff hitter in that inning.

"Strikeouts come. I mean, I'm a power pitcher," said Anderson. "I know strikeouts are going to be there. But the goal isn't to strike out every hitter. I just want to attack the zone -- throw strikes -- and if I do, I'll get guys out."

After a flyout, Ronnie Freeman got aboard with a single over the head of Great Lakes shortstop and fourth-ranked Dodgers prospect Corey Seager.

"It was a pitch that got in over the hitter's hands," Anderson said, "and it ended up as a blooper into a Bermuda Triangle there. I was attacking the zone just like I was against the rest of hitters. Fortunately for him, he just got the bat on the ball and it fell for a hit. Hits are going to happen."

The 20-year-old righty then struck out the last batter he faced.

Windle, taking over in the third, got two quick groundouts and a fly ball.

"Strikeouts and groundouts come usually for me," Windle said. "Right away I had the ball down in the zone, and with this good defense behind me, they're going to be making those plays every time."

After opening the fourth with a strikeout and a lineout, the 21-year-old southpaw walked No. 20 Arizona prospect Brandon Drury.

"I was just trying to be too cute there," Windle admitted. "I was just trying to hit the corner a little too much against that guy Drury."

Like Anderson, Windle ended his performance with a punchout. Overall, he was pleased with the outing.

"It was a lot of fun. I thought it went really well," he said. "I was able to follow the plan, which was to throw strikes and attack the zone. The main plan is to get batters swinging. I walked one guy on four pitches, but other than that, I was able to stick to the plan."

Anderson and Windle will continue to work in tandem for two more starts, with Windle opening the next one and Anderson the following one.

"After that, they're going to split us up," Windle said.

Seager had two hits, three RBIs and a run scored for the Loons.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs. Comments
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