Beyond Lee, the draft seems to have been a mixed bag. We’ll break down a few of the more important picks below, but for now, here is the full list of signed picks:
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One note on this list is that the club’s sixth-round selection — Kevin Gausman — didn’t sign with the team. Instead, he went and played baseball at LSU before becoming the No. 4 overall pick for Baltimore, where he has already made 40 appearances (25 starts) in the Majors.
Overall, in looking over the list of names, it appears this draft was an average ones for the oft-successful Dodgers. The best pick, of course, was landing Pederson — someone who appears to be a first-round talent — in the 11th round.
Pederson entered the season widely believed to be the Dodgers’ No. 3 prospect, which is something that says more about the team’s No. 1 and No. 2 prospects (Corey Seager and Julio Urias) than it does about Pederson.
Other notable players in this class who have landed themselves amongst the team’s top prospects are Scott Schebler, Ralston Cash, Red Patterson and Shawn Tolleson.
Schebler, an outfielder, would probably have cracked the Majors by now in most organizations. As a 23 year old, he crushed Double-A last season with an OPS of .921 and 28 home runs — which came on the heels of a .941 and 27 home run season at Class-A the season before.
Ralston Cash, a 23-year-old pitcher, isn’t graded as highly as Schebler. Having switched from a starter to a reliever, Cash excelled in 2014 with 72 strikeouts in 59 innings to go along with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. Oh, and he also has the best facial hair in the organization.
The final two names mentioned — Patterson and Tolleson — are players who made it to the Majors with the Dodgers but are no longer with the organization. Tolleson made his Major-League debut in 2012, appearing in 40 games out of the bullpen. He then appeared in just one game the following year before being waived and signing with the Texas Rangers.
Patterson, on the other hand, made one start for the Dodgers in 2014 — going 4.2 innings and allowing just 1 earned run. He was then sent back to Triple-A and has yet to appear in another Major-League game.
So how do we evaluate this draft looking back?
At the top, Lee seems to be a very “meh” first-round pick. He wasn’t a home-run, but he was far from a swing-and-miss, as he could still offer the Dodgers plenty of value in the next five years.
Unfortunately, the remainder of the the Dodgers’ first few selections have been disappointing. Cash might develop into a strong reliever, but picks Nos. 3-10 are all disappointments.
The good news of this draft is the value they found late in players such as, Pederson and Schebler. To find two of your top prospects in rounds 11 and 26 is pretty remarkable for a team with a fairly deep farm system.
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