AlexVerdugo

Dodgers select OF Alex Verdugo in the 2nd round of the 2014 MLB Draft

AlexVerdugo

With the No. 62 pick (2nd round) in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Dodgers selected LHP/OF Alex Verdugo out of Sahuaro High School in Tucson, AZ. Verdugo was a two-way player and many had thought he recently clearly separated himself as a LHP prospect, but the Dodgers have taken him as an outfielder.

Verdugo was ranked at #60 by MLB.com, #55 by Baseball America, #59 by Baseball Prospectus, #68 by Keith Law of ESPN, and #53 by Matt Garrioch of Minor League Ball.

MLB.com had this to say about him:

Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50

When the spring began, Verdugo was one of the few two-way prospects in the Draft class that may have had a split camp over whether he should hit or pitch. As the Draft drew closer, it became increasingly apparent that most teams saw his future on the mound.

As a pitcher, Verdugo projects as a No. 3 starter at the big league level. While not the biggest pitcher in the world, he does have a compact and efficient delivery. His three-quarters delivery gives him good angle and movement on his fastball, which averages 89-91 mph and has reached 94. He could add more velocity if he focuses on pitching full-time, and he also features a promising curveball and a changeup with some life.

The athleticism that made him a solid outfield prospect, and would help him be a potential two-way player at Arizona State, should aid him in his development as a pitcher, though the MVP winner for the National team at the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field last August will have to get past some makeup concerns to keep his Draft stock up.

Which helps … not at all since he was taken as an outfielder.

Verdugo had apparently told some teams he preferred to hit, so he should be excited that the Dodgers are giving him that chance. Also, the pick makes a lot more sense when you consider that he’s already agreed to terms with the team, according to Chris Cotillo.

With the bat, Verdugo uses a long stride that helps generates plus bat speed and has projectable raw power. His ceiling is as an average defender with a good arm in right field that has 20-25 homer potential and the ability to square up the ball enough to hit for a solid average. As with most players, the plate discipline could be an issue in the present and will need to develop as he moves levels. A risk to take him as an outfielder, but Logan White has shown in the past that he doesn’t care much about the consensus in terms of what position a player should stick at.

Baseball America has noted that scouts relayed that he’s displayed bad body language, effort, and immature behavior this past season, which makes him perfect for Mark Mulder, opposing broadcasters, and opposing fandoms to whine about when he becomes an All-Star for the Dodgers.



184 comments
NickEustrom
NickEustrom

Ouch, that second video was not flattering... he seems to have a plan at the plate, but unfortunately he doesn't appear to be able to turn on a fastball, looks like he has slider bat speed, and he has an inside-out swing. Body type doesn't look like it will age gracefully, not liking this pick

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

Bullpen chart is up to date for tomorrow.

Ring-TailedLemur
Ring-TailedLemur

MUUUUCHHHHHHHOOOOO Coooooooliiiiiiiitttttooooooooo


HTF do you lose to the White Sox!?

Lobo
Lobo

Well I need to get some sleep, going to see Zac Brown Band in concert tomorrow and I'd like to be well awake for that.  Night y'all

Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

An infielder or catcher would have been nice.

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

tomorrow...I might receive a job offer to finally return to the great white north...but, I might not, or I might just have to wait until next week...but I hope that one way or another I hear something so that I know where they stand.

KMT59
KMT59

Night All...I have to get up early to attend my Daughter graduation

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

why haven't the Dodgers signed Holmes yet?

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

So...Holmes...was he even profiled by Dustin? It looks like he's a bit of a steal at 22...is that the consensus around here? 


Also, I don't get what the deal is with Verdugo...If the Dodgers announce him as an OF, they have to play him as an OF? either way...I'm always interested to follow these guys in the system...I'm clueless prior to the draft though.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I guess we're in the future now

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

@Lobo Love that guy. Saw him 2 years ago, and I'm seeing him again this July. 

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

I had my 3rd remote interview on Tuesday...I thought it went really well, but it's uncertain whether they can (or will) pay me what I need right now to make the move (the low cost of living in the midwest may have made me unemployable in other areas of the world)...we'll see, but I'm hoping that it can work out since the position (as described to me) sounds like it would be a great opportunity.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

Dustin and Jarred were on fire on the podcasts tonight.

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

@Lobo I should go soon too...but my TLR is telling me to dick around.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Shit

- Casey -
- Casey -

@DBrim @Disgruntled Goat "Do you think the curveball is the pitch that turns heads?"

"Um...uh...I mean, e'rebody says it's my best pitch...but, um, you know, I just throw it and let it do....it." 

This guy.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

Some things are better left unseen. Unless you like seeing gore.

Not that there's anything wrong with that