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2015 MLB Draft: Dodgers Get Value Early, Take Risks Late On First Day

Mitchell Hansen

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Mitchell Hansen, OF

Prior to the draft, Gasparino talked to Dodger Insider about his approach to the draft and mentioned gambling on upside. I took that to mean they were targeting one of the injured pitchers. As it turns out, he was referring to Hansen.

The Plano, Texas resident was a two-sport star in high school, also playing quarterback for the football team. Along with being a good athlete, he committed to Stanford on an athletic scholarship. However, it now appears that he will forego his collegiate career and sign with the Dodgers.

Hansen is a big guy, standing 6’4 and weighing 197 lbs, with room to fill out. Last summer, he put up a plus time in the 60 yard dash, though he figures to lose a step as he matures. He also showed off a plus arm in the outfield. At the plate, he shows the potential for plus power down the road and uses the entire field.

Overall, Hansen is somewhat similar to Joc Pederson when he signed, as a high school outfielder with five tool potential and projection in left. He wasn’t expected to be as difficult a sign as your typical Stanford commit and already seems intent on joining the organization. After selecting two pitchers to first round, the Dodgers found a potential stud hitter in the second.

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