The Los Angeles Dodgers have selected outfielder Jeren Kendall from Vanderbilt with the 23rd overall pick in the 2017 draft.
— MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) June 13, 2017
It appears that Kendall was rumored to be going much higher than the 23rd pick but slipped his way down to the Dodgers where they picked him up at number 23.
Jeren Kendall had top-10 potential and I was shocked to see him fall out of the top 15. Dodgers with a steal at 23.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) June 13, 2017
The general consensus is that the Dodgers ended up with yet another steal to start his year’s draft.
If Bukauskas is the A steal of the draft, Kendall is the B. I just like his skillset a lot. Great job, Dodgers.
— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) June 13, 2017
Kendall looks to be an all-around toolsy outfielder that can provide in every aspect of the game. He has the speed, bat and is quite the defender in the outfield with the ability to play center field.
Baseball America covered all of his tools that you can check out here:
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) June 13, 2017
This is the second time in three years that the Dodgers have pick a Vanderbilt player with their first-round pick. Kendall will be following Walker Buehler who is currently rising through the ranks of the Dodgers organization.