Still Speedy – Mark Langill
Dodger outfield prospect Andre Ethier attempted to steal two bases on Sunday against Houston during the Dodgers’ 7-0 victory at Holman Stadium. Ethier stole second in the second inning and took off again from first base in the fourth inning, preventing a force play at second when Sandy Alomar Jr. hit a grounder to third base. With the Oakland Athletics’ Double-A Midland team in 2005, Ethier stole one base in five attempts while batting .319 in 131 games with 18 home runs and 80 RBI. The Texas League Player of the Year was acquired by the Dodgers last December 13 in a trade for outfielder Milton Bradley.
Joining an organization with more emphasis on the stolen base, Ethier has been working with Dodger baserunning instructor Maury Wills on taking a bigger lead at first base. Wills would rather have a runner get picked off at first base with a proper lead rather than get thrown out at second with too short of a lead. Another former Spring Training pupil of Wills’ was former non-roster outfielder Dave Roberts, who made the team coming out of Florida camp in 2002 and played 2 ½ seasons in Los Angeles.
Ethier will make the road trip tomorrow when the Dodgers face the Boston Red Sox at Fort Myers. The team bus leaves Dodgertown at 7 a.m.