Dodgers News: First-Round Pick J.T. Ginn Chooses College Over Pro Baseball

There are a myriad of reasons why MLB amateur draft is considered a crapshoot. Whether it be fit with the organization, injuries, or the maturity of a young player; it’s incredibly hard after being drafted to make it to the highest level. And then, at the top of that list is the ability to sign the player chosen.

The Dodgers selected right-handed pitcher J.T. Ginn a month ago in the first round out of Brandon High School in Mississippi. In spite of this, Ginn elected today to attend Mississippi State rather than sign with the Dodgers.

Here is what Ginn had to say about his decision:

Further, Ginn probably believes after a year or two of seasoning in college; he could become a top-five or top-ten pick. Still, it’s a roll of the dice when a young player passes up first-round signing bonus money to play college baseball. There is no guarantee that the player will continue on an upward trajectory. In the case of a pitcher, there is added health risk.

Still, it’s easy to understand why a young man would choose the luxurious experience of playing SEC baseball over riding a small bus from one town to another.

We will continue to monitor Ginn’s status as he develops as a pro prospect. Perhaps he will become known as the one who got away.


We want to wish Ginn the best in his future endeavors. It’s disheartening that the Dodgers were not able to add their first-round selection to the farm system. Nevertheless, it’s not all that uncommon.

With the Dodgers not occupying several million dollars of their draft signing pool money on Ginn, they can afford to offer each pick a little bit over the recommended slot amount. The ripple effect should improve the signing rate of picks every round following. If things line up as both Ginn and the Dodgers hope – it’s unlikely they will come together in any type of marriage again. Ginn returns to school in hopes of being selected higher, and the Dodgers are not likely to be selecting in the top ten anytime in the near future based on their bright future. Still, anything can happen. File away the name in your memory bank and remember what was once almost ours, J.T. Ginn.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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