LOS ANGELES– The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced their final 30 picks from the third day of the 2018 Draft.

The Dodgers made 40 overall picks in this year’s draft, selecting 19 pitchers (13 right-handers, six left-handers), 13 outfielders, five infielders and three catchers. Of the 21 drafted position players, 10 are right-handed hitters, 10 are left-handed hitters and one is a switch-hitter. Thirty-three were selected from the college ranks, while seven were drafted out of high school.

On the draft’s third and final day, the Dodgers picked 25 players from the college ranks including RHP Stephen Kolek (Texas A&M), C Hunter Feduccia (LSU), INF Dillon Paulson (USC), LHP Julian Smith (Catawba Valley CC), RHP Trey Dillard (San Jacinto College North), OF Aldrich De Jongh (Hillsborough CC), OF Niko Hulsizer (Morehead State), OF Sam McWilliams (Meridian CC), RHP Caleb Sampen (Wright State University), C Tre Todd (Liberty University), INF Simon Landry (Pearl River CC), RHP Justin Hagenman (Penn State), RHP Hunter Speer (William Carey University), C Aaron Ackerman (University of Illinois Chicago), LHP Connor Mitchell (Butler University), RHP Reza Aleaziz (Oklahoma State University), OF Daniel Robinson (Central Michigan), OF Matt Cogen (Belmont University), LHP Andrew Shaps (William Jessup University), OF Drew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana University), LHP Austin Drury (University of North Florida), OF Tyler Reichenborn (Iowa Western CC), OF Jeremiah Vison (Golden West College), OF Jon Littell (Oklahoma State University) and OF Jordan Myrow (San Jacinto College North).

In addition, the Dodgers selected seven high school players in William F. West HS (WA) RHP Brandon White, Grace Memorial HS (CA) OF Jacen Roberson, Next Level Academy (AL) RHP Jacob Gilliland, Joshua High School (TX) RHP Connery Peters and Evangelical Christian School (FL) RHP Ben Specht.

The Dodgers’ 39thround pick, Jordan Myrow, is the godson of current Dodger Manager Dave Roberts.

Attached is the full list of the Dodgers 2018 First-Year Player Draft selections.

130J.T. GinnRHPBrandon HS
268Michael GroveRHPWest Virginia
3104John RooneyLHPHofstra
4134Braydon FisherRHPClear Falls HS
5164Devin MannINFLouisville
6194Bryan WarzekLHPU New Orleans
7224James OutmanOFSacramento State
8254Luke HeyerINFU Kentucky
9284Josh McLainOFNC State
10314Deacon LiputINFFlorida
11344Stephen KolekRHPTexas A&M
12374Hunter FeducciaCLSU
13404Dillon PaulsonINFUSC
14434Brandon WhiteRHPWilliam F. West HS
15464Julian SmithLHPCatawba Valley CC
16494Trey DillardRHPSan Jacinto College North
17524Aldrich De JonghOFHillsborough CC
18554Niko HulsizerOFMorehead State
19584Sam McWilliamsOFMeridian CC
20614Caleb SampenRHPWright State Univ.
21644Tre ToddCLiberty U
22674Simon LandryINFPearl River CC
23704Justin HagenmanRHPPenn State Univ.
24734Jacen RobersonOFGarces Memorial HS
25764Hunter SpeerRHPWilliam Carey U
26794Aaron AckermanCU Illinois Chicago
27824Connor MitchellLHPButler U
28854Reza AleazizRHPOklahoma St. U
29884Daniel RobinsonOFCentral Michigan
30914Matt CogenOFBelmont U


31944Andrew ShapsLHPWilliam Jessup U
32974Jacob GillilandRHPNext Level Academy
331004Drew AvansOFSoutheastern Louisiana U
341034Austin DruryLHPU North Florida
351064Tyler ReichenbornOFIowa Western CC
361094Jeremiah VisonOFGolden West Col
371124Jon LittellOFOklahoma St. U
381154Connery PetersRHPJoshua HS
391184Jordan MyrowOFSan Jacinto College North
401214Ben SpechtRHPEvangelical Christian School (FL)


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  1. Let the financial games begin with the kids and lets head out to Ogden Utah or Az… to begin their major lg. careers!!! Oh to have had that chance…
    AC now you’ve got me worried!!! Grabbing the lil woman and heading to beautiful downtown Fresno Ca. and watching OKC this coming weekend… Not exactly one of my wife’s favorite destinations unless were heading over to the Sierras after to find some trout that want to die…

    1. Peter, pay attention to the kids that are on their way up…Beaty, Rios, Garlick; and kids that always play hard regardless…Toles, Locastro, Mora, Taijeron. You will not be disappointed in how they approach the game. I do not know if Farmer is feeling “unloved” because he was sent down, but he he seems to be moving in a lower gear; at least he was on Tuesday. It is very hard to gauge pitchers’ attitudes, but many of them have “been there-done that”. That is what I saw out of Moscoso. I did not see Banuelos or Pill (tonight). I am guessing that Corcino will go Friday or Saturday and Moscoso on Sunday. I am not sure who the #5 will be. It might be DeFratus gets called up to start Friday or Saturday. None of those 5 are prospects. I have seen Sborz and Broussard plenty on TV, but not live. Attitude and body language have to be seen live.
      AAA is full of organizational depth, and their actions are different than the guys moving up. What I learned from my son about moving up to AAA is that those that have ML experience are a lot harder on the kids because the kids are getting the attention they want so they can get back up. The “veterans” are quick to point fingers at the kids. I remember getting a call from my son telling us that he got chewed out by a AAAA player because he did not score on a single so that AAAA player could get an RBI for his stat sheet. All of sudden my son is thinking about those issues rather than playing baseball. He went from hitting .350+ his first shot at AAA to below .200. He was traded to Boston the next season. He learned, as he was the starting catcher for the International League All Star team two years later.
      Watch Verdugo between innings. See if he gets out in time to warm up with Toles or if he is last out of the dugout as he was much of Tuesday. Also watch him running out ground balls. I hope Tuesday was just a bad night for him and for others. It is always good to have observations by multiple people over multiple games. I hope you see a different kid.
      I think you said that you went to Ogden to see the Rookie League kids play. You will obviously see better baseball at AAA, but the kids and their passion/zeal for the game runs much deeper in Rookie ball. I enjoyed watching Rookie ball much more than AAA.

  2. Hope Ferguson gets another start.
    Santana gets his second start today, hoping for the best.
    Read some of the comments from AC and Mark about Verdugo and his attitude and how Kemp, Ethier, and Harper have played with bad attitudes at times. AC is down on Verdugo because as he says, Verdugo hasn’t earned the right to act like Harper.” I would hate to think that at some point if you play the game better then most you get a pass to act like a jerk, disrespect your fellow players and the game, no one ever gets that pass. Their attitude comes from being self-centered, egotistic, an I am bigger than the game attitude and a sense of entitlement. I don’t want Harper on the Dodgers and if Verdugo is indeed showing this attitude, then trade him.
    Dodgers get the win today.

    1. I want to be clear. I am not defending Harper for his attitude. I would wish that all players played with class as much as Chase Utley. I would that hope Seager and Bellinger follow in Chase’s footsteps, and believe they will. My point was that Verdugo has done nothing to have such an attitude. There are arrogant, self-centered, egotistical, narcissistic people in all factions of life. Non are acceptable to me, including sports. There is no place for that display of arrogance in personal or professional settings. But they are there and the most egregious are those that have not “earned” that right.
      There is a total difference between competitiveness/confidence and arrogance. I had an employee who displayed an arrogant nature that was rubbing others the wrong way. He was disrupting a good team. He was a brilliant mind from a very prestigious Ivy League MBA program. I set him down and pointed out that he did not have to be an A…..e to get attention. He did take it to heart, and he is a senior executive for a Fortune 100 company today, and has thanked me for that “discussion”.

    2. I think verdugo’s problem is that he sees the Latin players cockiness all the things that they try to do are fancy-looking. Not sure about the laziness running to first or husking to the out


    – The Los Angeles Dodgers today recalled right-handed pitcher Pedro Báez and left-handed pitcher Edward Paredes from Triple-A Oklahoma City. To create room on the active roster, the Dodgers placed left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain and optioned left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson to OKC.

    Báez, 30, who was optioned to Oklahoma City prior to last night’s game, has appeared in 28 games with Los Angeles this season going 2-3 with a 3.25 ERA (10 ER/27.2 IP) and has struck out 35 batters against 16 walks in 27.2 innings of relief. In his last nine games with the Dodgers since May 19, the Dominican Republic native has posted a 1-1 record and has allowed just two runs (one earned) over 8.0 innings (1.13 ERA) and has held hitters to a .148 average (4-for-27), while punching out eight batters against five walks.

    Paredes, 31, will make his third stint with the big league club this season and has appeared in one game with Los Angeles, tossing 0.2 scoreless innings of relief on May 3 at Arizona. In 18 relief appearances with Oklahoma City this year, the southpaw has gone 2-2 with two saves and has posted a 2.00 ERA (4 ER/18.0 IP), while limiting the opposition to a .224 average. He has also struck out 24 batters over 18.0 innings.

    Cingrani, 28, was taken out of the game last night against the Pirates after facing one batter, which he walked. The southpaw, who will make his second stint on the disabled list this season (previous: May 9-19, left shoulder inflammation), has gone 1-2 with a 4.84 ERA (12 ER/22.1 IP) and has struck out 36 batters against just six walks over 22.1 innings.

    Ferguson, 21, made his Major League debut last night with the start against the Pirates, allowing four runs on two hits over 1.2 innings as he did not factor in the decision. He struck out three batters and issued three walks, while also hitting two hitters.

    1. I think Ferguson can pitch at this level in the pen. If he wants to start he needs another pitch (i.e., see Brock Stewart).

      1. Caleb Ferguson should have been in AA all season working on that change. I had no problem with his promotion to AAA as he could be working on his change there as well. I would have liked to see him go to AZ Fall League and continue to work on his change no matter what the results. MiLB is for development, and ML is for results. His fastball and curve are ML. He needs innings to develop the command of those two pitches. He was needed and was called before he should have been. I am not at all disillusioned by his outing, just as I was not disillusioned by Buehler’s last year. He could be a regular in the rotation by 2020.
        If he cannot develop the change adequately enough, he should still have a good long career as a high leverage reliever.

  4. I made the observation the other day that Roberts needed to be more judicious about his bullpen usage. There was no reason to lift Stripling after 5 innings the other day. The ‘pen had to soak up 4 innings and it was that much worse when Ferguson couldn’t get out of the 2nd last night. Here’s an observation in TrueBlueLA:
    “Including the 6⅓ innings on Wednesday, the Dodgers bullpen has pitched 26⅔ innings on the road trip, with 25 appearances in five games. Going back further to include the Phillies series at home, the Dodgers bullpen has pitched 45 of the 80 total innings on the staff.”

    That’s not going to work. With so many starters on the shelf right now, the likelihood of one of the substitutes pitching deep into the game is not high, so when you have someone like Stripling pitching a shutout after 5, why pull him out? Get another inning or two unless you see something wrong.

    I do not like the way that Roberts uses his ‘pen. And I really don’t get why Hudson is still with the team. It makes you wonder if he has pictures of someone or something.

    1. While I agree with the premise, Stripling was already at 89 pitches in 5 innings…just about 18 per inning. Could he have gone 6 with 100+ pitches? Maybe. Which reliever do you trust to come in with trouble in the middle of the inning. The Dodgers do not have that guy. 2 years ago, Adam Liberatore did a very good job in that role. But he has been hurt for most of the last two years. I think Alexander was supposed to be that guy and maybe Cingrani. Alexander has not worked out as well as we would like. Cingrani has been hurt after he pitched so well in that role in April. Fields is more comfortable starting an inning. Although Fields has inherited 5 runners and none have scored in four opportunities. We saw what happened with Hudson last night. Yimi Garcia? 3 out of 4 inherited runners have scored with Garcia.
      The Dodgers have run out of starting pitching until Maeda and Hill can come back. Ryu and Kershaw are out until July. They are going to have these issues for the next few weeks.
      You are right, but I do not see a way out until Maeda and Hill come back, and the trade period can get the Dodgers a starter and 1 or 2 quality relievers, allowing the kids to continue to develop in MiLB.

  5. Peter, if you’re going to be in Fresno, go to Doghouse Grill for the tri tip (or pulled pork) sandwiches. They are fantastic!

  6. Agree Mark about Ferguson. I remember another young lefthander the Dodgers brought up, albeit with even better stuff than Ferguson, who needed a third pitch and better command to excel at the big league level. Namely, Clayton Kershaw. Not saying that Ferguson is ever going to be Kershaw, but like any young pitcher, he needs refinement.

    Bullpen? Starter? In either case better command is necessary, and a 3rd pitch (change???) would useful as well. Definitely a young pitcher to keep an eye on. At 21 he has ample time to make an impact.

    1. totally. I liked what I saw. I wasn’t looking at results, I was looking at pitches and stuff. He has stuff and location. He’ll be good.

      I also think, from a higher level, that getting these kids some exposure at the big league level will help their trade value come July. Obviously we can’t keep everyone, so if they show some good stuff up here, these kid pitchers could be good trade bait for an impact arm/bat later on.

    1. we may be doing the Tampa thing, and having a reliever or 2 start the game and let Santana come in and pitch the middle innings. The TV guys haven’t said anything otherwise

  7. Actually, Santana was in fact scratched today due to right lat soreness.

    Feel bad for our bullpen today. We need to put up a lot of runs today for the pen!

    1. Yeah, wasn’t that crazy? You don’t send a guy like that down who has just had a bad month. Guys like Joc get sent down for having bad half years… not bad months.

      BTW: I hope Joc keeps this up. He has always been able to do it in spurts…

        1. Joc is being more of a team player, and I am talking with his bat, not his cheerleading

  8. How about Eric goedell? He may not get another out but to date he has been great in the pen. What a gutsy performance today. Great going bellinger!!

    1. Sometimes dumpster diving pays off. He was another one of FAZ’s signings that was mocked.

  9. This road trip, our pitchers threw 53 innings. The bullpen thew 38 of those innings.

    I can’t believe we went 5-1 with that stat!! Great great great job by the pen. Walker Buehler will be the voted the homecoming king tomorrow night if he can go at least 7!!

  10. I said a week or 2 ago we needed starting pitching. Somebody said we have plenty of starting pitching. Well it better show up in a hurry before our pitching is decimated. This may not show up now but later in the season it will. What is our medical staff doing? We have 4 starters on the dL and wood might as well be. Brock Stewart did something his velocity is way down and he can’t start or relieve. How did we get so many guys who can’t throw strikes. Let me name them…Stewart,Ferguson,Santana,Alexander,Hudson,baez,wood lately,hill=high pitch counts, garcia and I’m probably missing a couple. Garcia I thought would Be really good but not yet. Goedell has been a Godsend so far but burnout is coming. But hey you have to admire the fight in this team. The offense has come alive but I worry about turners health. A great road trip with the whole team deserving accolades. Go Dodgers!

  11. The Dodgers could really benefit from the DH. They have more good bats than they have spots in the lineup. Muncy has been great and his threat to keep Joc and Belli out of the lineup has maybe been part of the reason they have come alive.

  12. M.T. please don’t tell me you had those fingers crossed when you were semi making grandiose predictions about M.K. (either way, I loveit)

    1. No, I meant that about Kemp, but I have been on record as willing to give up on Joc. I really hope he keeps it up. He can hit a lot of dingers and he has a good eye.

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