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Dodgers’ MLB Draft Picks: First-Rounder Kody Hoese

With the Dodgers’ first pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, they selected a power-hitting third baseman from Tulane University.

BATON ROUGE, LA - MARCH 28: Tulane Green Wave third baseman Kody Hoese (15) fields a ball during a baseball game between the Tulane Green Wave and LSU Tigers on March 28, 2017, at Alex Box Stadium, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft is in the books and the Dodgers have hopes of adding quite a few of their selections from this year into their prospect ranks. This article will be the first in a series where we will take a look at every draft pick from this year, provide updates on who actually signs with the club, and project and discuss the long-term outlooks of each player.

Kody Hoese

First, we will be starting off with the Dodgers’ first selection in the draft, 22-year-old third baseman Kody Hoese. I am pleased to announce that Hoese has signed on with the Dodgers (no surprise) for the full slot of $2,740,000.

Hoese has quite the resumé and it obviously was extensive enough to convince the Dodgers to select him 25th overall. He was named an All-American this past season, was named the AAC Player of the Year for the Tulane Green Wave, and was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.

Hoese at Tulane

In his senior season for Tulane, Hoese supplied a gaudy .391 batting average and 1.265 OPS. He accomplished the impressive feat of having more walks (39) than strikeouts (34), as well. 23 home runs is not too bad either!

Hoese was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 2018 MLB Draft, but opted to return to Tulane for another year. Here is a look at him this season:

Long-Term Outlook

In Kody Hoese, the Dodgers could have quite possibly found their long-term replacement for Justin Turner, should Hoese deliver on his potential. With JT getting up there in age, albeit still putting up fantastic numbers, Hoese could develop into a real intriguing talent.

He projects as a power bat who does not strike out and knows how to take a walk. I can tell you right now, those do not come around very often.

Obviously it is too early to project a guy who has yet to see the field as a professional yet, it is not hard to get excited about Hoese’s potential.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics and Broadcast Journalism dual major at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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