The final day of the draft was a marathon, packing in 30 rounds and nearly 1,000 picks over several hours. While the more high-profile players were long gone, finding hidden gems in the late rounds has been a key to the Dodgers’ draft success in the past.
Remember that Mike Piazza was chosen in the 62nd round in 1988, while countless others were drafted late and went on to successful Major-League careers. Let’s examine some of the more interesting picks the Dodgers made on Day 3.
Imani Abdullah, RHP (Madison HS, CA)
For the second straight year, the Dodgers chose a projectable high school righty early on the third day of the draft. Last year, it was 12th-rounder Kam Uter, who was also contemplating offers to play college football. This year, Abdullah was chosen with the Dodgers’ 11th round pick and he seems likely to sign. He is extremely projectable, standing 6’4 and weighing just 155 lbs.
The right-hander currently sits in the high 80s with his fastball but you can dream on him adding muscle, which will turn into increased velocity, over the next few years. He’ll also show a promising curveball and a decent changeup to round out his repertoire.
Abdullah was one of just nine prep prospects the Dodgers drafted in 2015, and while they don’t figure to sign them all, he gives them a chance to find a steal after Round 10.
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