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MLB Draft: Experts Split On Who Dodgers Will Draft with First-Round Pick

The first two rounds of the MLB Draft are set for today. LA Live will host the event, with the first round beginning at 4PM PT. ESPN will be broadcasting the first two rounds.

Due to exceeding the competitive balance tax threshold, the Dodgers first-round draft pick was pushed ten spots back, from 30 to 40. LA will be making their first selection in the “competitive balance round A”.

ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel and FanGraphs Eric Longenhagen are split on who LA will be taking in the first-round of the MLB Draft. Last year, the Dodgers famously selected 14 pitchers with their first 14 picks, but this year, McDaniel predicts LA will draft middle infield prospect Eric Brown out of Coastal Carolina.

MLB Pipeline called Brown an “offensive catalyst”, with his arm earning the highest scout grade on the 20-80 scale (55).

“Brown’s instincts also allow him to cover ground in the field. He’s one of the better defensive shortstops in college baseball despite playing second base alongside Kentucky’s Ryan Ritter on the Cape. With quick hands and feet, at least solid arm strength and a good internal clock, he can play anywhere in the infield if needed.”

In his MLB Draft mock draft, Longenhagen has the Dodgers taking Juco pitcher Jacob Misiorowski out of Crowder College (Neosho, Missouri).

The 6’7″ Misiorowski has a triple-digit fastball in his bag, and an “above-average” slider. MLB Pipleine noted that the lanky righty will need to develop either his curveball or changeup to make it in The Show.

“Very much a work in progress, Misiorowski primarily operates with two pitches and rarely breaks out a curveball or changeup. The Louisiana State recruit still is learning to keep his long limbs in sync and he needs more strength to repeat his delivery.”

Two-time Dodgers champion Steve Sax will be representing the Dodgers at the MLB Draft.

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  1. Dodgers have the best pitcher development farm system in the league! Even if they can’t use the pitcher, they make for great trading prospects to other teams.