Wilmington Morning News - January 9, 1980

Phils draft pitchers; a Luzinski to Chisox

 

Compiled from Dispatches

 

PHILADELPHIA – The Phillies looked for pitching help and came away with four pitchers in the two phases of baseball's annual January free-agent draft. Meanwhile, the Chicago White Sox liked a Phillie's bloodline and took a chance, drafting Greg Luzinski's brother Bill.

 

The Orioles' first choices were a mammoth first baseman and a right-handed pitcher.

 

The Toronto Blue Jays had the draft's No. 1 pick and used it to select and sign 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher Colin McLaughlin from Woodbury Conn., who com piled a 12-2 record and a 2.30 earned run average for the University of Connecticut-Storrs last year.

 

The Phillies' first-round pick in the secondary phase was righthander Tony Ghelfi of LaCrosse, Wisc., the 14th pick overall.

 

Scout Don Williams reported Ghelfi, who attends Iowa Western Junior College, "has a good strong arm with very good velocity." But he said the 18-year-old needs more pitching experience, especially on his breaking ball.

 

Another righthander. Ron Richardson, 18, of Albany, Ore., and Lin-Benton Community College was taken on the second round.

 

In the secondary phase, the Phil lies drafted lefthanders Jim Harris, a 20-year-old sophomore at Ranger (Texas) Junior College, and Steve True, 19, of Seminole (Okla.) Junior College.

 

The secondary phase covers free agents who were drafted previously but didn't sign. The regular phase is for junior college players, college dropouts and high school seniors graduating in January.

 

The Orioles' first choice in the secondary phase (11th overall) was Michael Young, 20, an outfielder from Haywood, Calif.

 

The 6-feet-3, 195 pound Young attends Chabot Junior College in Hawyood. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.

 

The team's second selection in that phase of the draft was Michael Kreymborg, a right-handed pitcher from Tulsa, Okla.

 

Kreymborg, 19, attends Bacone Junior College in Muskogee, Okla, where he transferred from the University of Arkansas. He is 6-feet-5 and weighs 180.

 

In the regular phase, the Birds thought big 6-foot-6 to be exact. Their choice was first baseman George Dummar, 19, from Milford, Conn., who carries 225 pounds on his tall frame. Picked 26th in the first round, the last choice overall, Dummar, 19, a drop-out from Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, Conn., bats and throws left-handed.

 

The Orioles' second choice in the first phase was Chris Willsher, a right handed pitcher from San Carlos, Calif. The 19-year-old Willsher attends San Mateo Junior ' College in San Carlos. He stands at 6-feet and weighs 180 pounds.

 

The White Sox, hoping there's more of a family resemblance than just a last name, made Bill Luzinski, 20, their first selection. Bill apparently was drafted for his potential, not his career statistics at Miami Dade North Community College.

 

Luzinski, a 6-foot, 185-pound right-handed hitter, was the seventh selection of the regular phase.

 

Luzinksi, who played third base last spring for Miami Dade but was benched at mid-season for erratic offensive and defensive play, played in just 24 games. In 76 at-bats, he hit .210 with three doubles, one homer and 15 RBI.

 

"He played outfield in the fall and liked it much better," Rokeach said. "But he's just an average outfielder. Throwing is probably the worst part of his game. His arm is questionable. He has an excellent attitude but he doesn't like comparisons with his brother."

 

"The boy looks a great deal like Greg; he's a powerfully built young man," said Roland Hemond, general manager of the White Sox. "He's gaining in experience down there. They play a heavy schedule. His hitting is supposed to be where his potential lies.

 

"We liked his bat and his strength. He comes by it naturally. It's a big-strength family, I guess you could say we're stockpiling "Baby Bulls" since we've also signed Orlando Cepeda (former major leaguer known as the "Baby Bull") as a batting instructor. He'll be working with Luzinski eventually."