The MLB draft came and went last week and the Dodgers went in heavy on pitching prospects this time around. In fact, their first round draft pick was a left-hander out of Alabama. Now the two sides have agreed to make it official.
Moreover, MLB insider Jonathan Mayo reports that the Dodgers and the 29th overall pick have agreed to an under slot value $2.2 million deal.
1st-rd @MLBDraft pick Maddux Bruns signs w/@dodgers for $2.2 million (pick 29 value = $2,424,600). HS LHP was @HailStateBB recruit. Big upside, up to 98 mph w/FB, mid-80s SL, flashes plus CB. Needs to refine command. #Dodgers #MLBDraft
— Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayo) July 20, 2021
Maddux is a 6’2″ high school left-hander pitcher that 7-0 with 102 strikeouts and a 0.86 ERA in 49 innings during his senior season.
Here’s what Dodgers vice president of scouting, Billy Gasparino, had to say about Bruns.
Maddux has a premier power pitch package that we think will play at the major league level in an impactful way. His work ethic and ability to make adjustments are two traits we put extreme value on. We can’t wait to get Maddux in Dodger blue and start the process of him becoming a major league starting pitcher.
2021 Draft: Maddux Bruns, LHP
MLB.com prospects expert Jim Callis was also high on Bruns and even higher on the idea of him going to the Dodgers.
Bruns has huge upside, and he’s going to an organization that excels at getting the best out of its players. You don’t see a lot of high school lefties hitting 98 mph with their fastball, but he also has a mid-80s slider and can flash a plus curveball. Strike throwing has been a concern, but he looked better this spring.
The Dodgers selected 17 pitchers with their 19 total picks in this year’s draft.