The Dodgers are on the verge of agreeing to a deal with first-round pick Michael Busch.
Hearing Michael Busch and the Dodgers are progressing in talks and will have a deal. Busch, the UNC 1B (but projected to be 2B for Dodgers), was pick No. 31, awarded for failing to sign JT Ginn, now pitching for Mississippi St.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 4, 2019
The first baseman, a product of the University of North Carolina, was selected 31st overall by the Dodgers. The selection was compensation for the Dodgers’ failure to sign their first-rounder in the 2018 MLB Draft, RHP JT Ginn.
The draft slot value for Michael Busch is $2.31 million.
ESPN’s Keith Law had him ranked as the 16th-best prospect pre-draft. He was also ranked as the 24th-best by both Fangraphs’ Kiley McDaniel and Eric Longenhagen as well as Baseball America.
The Dodgers will be looking to sign their other draft picks, most notably Jimmy Lewis, in the coming days and prior to the July 12 signing deadline.