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Dodgers scout Lamb has historic Draft

LOS ANGELES -- Marty Lamb was the scout who drafted and signed Chad Billingsley, and one successful first-rounder in a scout's career is considered a crowning achievement.

But Lamb -- who also drafted A.J. Ellis, Bryan Morris and Cory Wade -- might have outdone himself this week, as he is the listed scout for three of the first five players the Dodgers drafted.

Two -- first-round right-hander Walker Buehler and third-round left-hander Philip Pfeifer -- came from the same Vanderbilt University pitching staff. Lamb also recommended the Dodgers take University of Louisville right-hander Kyle Funkhouser, the compensation-round pick the Dodgers received for Boston's signing of Hanley Ramirez.

Dodgers picks
Buehler | Funkhouser | Hansen | Sborz | Rounds 2-5 | Rounds 6-10

It's at least the most impressive single-Draft haul for a Dodgers scout since Mitch Webster drafted and signed first-rounders Scott Elbert and Blake DeWitt in the first round of 2004.

"Part of it is luck," said Lamb, in his 17th Draft for the Dodgers. "They've got to fall to the right places, and we've got to like them. As an organization, our cross-checkers and Billy [Gasparino, scouting director] did a great job. And Buehler and Funkhouser, they had to fall so we'd get a shot at them. So, it's a team deal.

"It's fun, but I'm sure some of my buddies [fellow scouts] aren't too happy with me right now, but it's part of the game."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for
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