The Young High Schooler
This title may sound redundant, but there is a belief among some evaluators that getting an extra year of development out of a prep player can make all the difference. For example, two of the last three top overall picks (Brady Aiken and Carlos Correa) were drafted at age 17.
One player that fits this category is Triston McKenzie. The long, lanky right-hander oozes projection at 6’5 and 160 lbs, and he doesn’t turn 18 until nearly two months after the draft. A Vanderbilt commit, it would likely take an overslot bonus for him to forego college and turn pro, as the Commodores are notorious for getting kids on campus.
These are just three of the endless amount of approaches the Dodgers could employ on draft day, which begins at 3:00 p.m. PT on Monday. Whatever route the club takes, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said recently there’s an emphasis on adding pitching.
Which type of player do you prefer? Let me know on Twitter @JaredJMassey, or in the comment section below!