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Dodgers’ MLB Draft Picks: First-Rounder Michael Busch

The Dodgers selected a power-hitting second baseman with their second first round selection on day one.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - JUNE 01: North Carolina Tar Heels Michael Busch(15) hits the ball during the NCAA Baseball Chapel Hill Regional between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Liberty Flames at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC on June 1, 2019. (Photo by William Howard/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 is the second 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.

Michael Busch

With their second selection in the first round, the Dodgers selected 22-year-old second baseman Michael Busch. The Dodgers received the pick as a result of a failure to sign their first round pick last year, right-hander JT Ginn.

Busch was being considered more so in the second round of the draft, but the Dodgers got their guy here regardless. He was a fantastic asset for the Tar Heels at North Carolina. The current slot for Busch is $2,310,000 and at this point in time, he has yet to sign.

Busch at North Carolina

Busch, standing at an even six feet tall, had a productive year, batting .290 with 16 home runs and 57 runs batted in. Busch was named the 2019 ACC Tournament MVP — which is quite the honor — and received First-Team All-ACC honors.

Here is a look at a fantastic defensive play by Busch:

Long-Term Outlook

Michael Busch’s final landing position is still up in the air at this point in time, but the Dodgers drafted him as a second base. As JJ Cooper implies below, second base now fits a power profile:

Busch has power and could have positional versatility later on down the road, should he develop into a 1B/2B/OF type. His glove is fantastic, his raw power is there, and he was very patient at the plate this past year for North Carolina, walking 58 times and only striking out 34 times.

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 Busch’s potential. Gavin Lux is currently set as the second baseman of the future for Los Angeles, but Busch could be up in the big leagues within the next two or three years considering his age. It will be interesting to see what he finds his home position-wise.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor 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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  1. Why hasn’t he signed already? 2 million plus is a lot of money to pass up and an opportunity to play for one of the best teams in baseball.

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