The 2017 MLB Draft is in the books, and the signing deadline has come and now gone. The Dodgers had 40 draft picks, and signed 33. Each of the first 13 picks signed, and 19 of the first 20 signed. 8 signed from picks 21-30, and 6 signed from picks 31-40. For comparison purposes, the Dodgers drafted 42 in 2015 and 2016, and signed 36 and 33 respectively. If 5 of the 33 draftees make it to the ML, that would be a pretty good draft (15%). Breaking it down:
Division I College 24 RHP (13); LHP (3); C (1); 3B (1); SS (2); CF (1); OF (3)
Division II College 2 RHP (2)
Community College 4 RHP (2); CF (1); 2B (1)
High School 3 RHP (1); SS (2)
Right Hand Bat Position Players 9
Left Hand Bat Position Players 2
Switch Hitting Position Players 1
Assigned to AZL Dodgers (12)
Riley Ottesen (5)
Wills Montgomery (6)
Andre Jackson (12) (60 day DL)
Marcus Chiu (15)
Evy Riubal (16)
Max Gamboa (18) (60 Day DL)
Zach Willeman (19) (60 Day DL)
Preston Grand Pre (24)
Jeremy Arocho (27)
Chris Roller (30)
Dan Jagiello (34)
Colby Nealy (35)
Assigned to Ogden Raptors (6)
Rylan Bannon (8)
Justin Hoyt (22)
Connor Heady (23)
Devin Hemmerich (26)
Justin Lewis (28)
Tyler Adkison (32)
Assigned to Great Lakes Loons (1)
Zach Reks (10)
Not Yet Assigned (14)
Jeren Kendall (1)
Morgan Cooper (2)
Connor Wong (3)
James Marinan (4)
Zachary Pop (7)
Connor Strain (9)
Jacob Amaya (11)
Marshall Kasowski (13)
Nathan Witt (17)
Donovan Casey (20)
Mark Washington (25)
Brett de Geus (33)
Riley Richert (36)
Corey Merrill (37)
Baseball Prospectus recently published their mid-year top 50 prospects. Once again the Dodgers are one of the top teams with 3 of the top 28 players: Walker Buehler (19), Alex Verdugo (27), and Yadier Alveraz (28).
Teams with 5 players (1) Atlanta Braves
Teams with 4 players (3) Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies
Teams with 3 players (2) Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees
Teams with 2 players (10) Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, Washington National Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays
Teams with 1 players (7) Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Oakland A’s, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles
Teams with 0 players (7) San Francisco Giants, Arizona DBacks, Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners, Miami Marlins
MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE
Not a great day for the Dodger farm teams. The teams combined for a 1-6 record.
OKC lost 5-2 to New Orleans (Marlins) – David Hale started and went 6 innings, allowing 5 runs, 9 hits, 0 walks, 1 strikeout and took the loss. Joe Broussard and Josh Ravin each pitched a scoreless inning in relief. Drew Maggi hit his 5th HR. Recently promoted Edwin Rios went 1-4 in his AAA debut. Box, just for you, Verdugo 0-3 with a HBP.
Tulsa lost 6-3 to Frisco Roughriders (Texas) – Frisco broke a 1-1 tie with a 5 run 9th inning. All of the runs were scored off of Shea Spitzbarth. Of the 5 runs, 4 were unearned due to his throwing error. Andy Sopko started and went 6 innings. He allowed 1 run on 4 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts, and 1 HR. Andy is turning his season around. Offensively, Henry Ramos remained on fire. Since coming off the DL on June 20, Henry is batting .552/.563/1.034/1.597. Henry accounted for all three runs with 2 HRs.
RC Quakes lost 5-4 to Inland Empire Batters (Angels) in 10 innings – Adam Bray started and went 7 innings – 1 run, 5 hits, 0 walks, and 7 strikeouts. Danny Corcino came on in the 8th and allowed 3 runs without getting an out turning a 2-1 lead into a 4-2 losing score. RC scored 2 runs in the 9th to tie the score at 4-4, before Jose Rojas hit a walk off double to score the winning run. Johan Mieses continues to show he is very comfortable at RC with three more hits. Drew Jackson and Zach McKinstry each had two hits. DJ Peters (19) and Ibandel Isabel (17) each had a HR. They continue to be #1 and #2 in HRs in the Cal League.
Great Lakes lost 12-3 to Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa) – Imani Abdullah started and went 2.1 innings allowing 4 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks, and 1 strikeout. Chris Matthewson finished the final 5.2 innings and did not fare too well (we will leave it at that). 20 year old 3B Christian Santana remained blazing hot with 3 more hits. His batting average is up to .481 since his promotion. 18 year old SS Oneil Cruz had two hits including his 6th HR and 6th double.
Ogden lost 7-4 to Idaho Falls Chukars (KC) – Rylan Bannon remained hot with 2 more hits. His batting average is up to .438. Romer Cuadrado, Brock Carpenter, and Connor Heady each had two hits. Carpenter and Heady each had a double on the night. We will not discuss the pitching in this game.
DSL1 beat DSL A’s 14-8 – Marco Hernandez and Kiumel Bastardo had 3 hits each. Luis Carlos Diaz and Kenneth Betancourt each had 2 hits. Jose Rodulfo started and went 4 innings – 0 runs, 3 hits, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts, and ERA down to 1.16. For the year, this 16 year old from Anaco, Venezuela has pitched 23.1 innings, 17 hits, 3 runs, 5 walks, and 18 strikeouts. Joan Valdez finished the final 1.2 innings, allowing 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, ERA down to 1.98. This 18 year old pitcher from San Pedro de Macoris, DR, has gone 13.2 innings, 12 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, and 11 strikeouts.
DSL2 lost 13-2 to DSL Rangers 1 – Hector Martinez had two hits. Frank Sanchez hit his 2nd HR. No need to discuss the pitching.