2018 MLB Draft: Dodgers’ Big Board, v 2.0

Ethan Hankins

With the MLB Draft two weeks from today, there has been some movement on my big board since last week. There’s a new No. 1 and a few new entrants toward the end of the list.

Without further ado, here’s the next version of my MLB Draft big board.

My Big Board, v 2.0

1. CF Parker Meadows, Grayson HS (Ga.)
2. RHP Ethan Hankins, Forsyth Central HS (Ga.)
3. SS/3B Jeremy Eierman, Missouri State
4. RHP Cole Wilcox, Heritage HS (Ga.)
5. LHP Ryan Rolison, Ole Miss
6. LHP Kris Bubic, Stanford
7. OF Trevor Larnach, Oregon State
8. SS Brice Turang, Santiago HS (Calif.)
9. OF Connor Scott, Plant HS (Fla.)
10. RHP Blaine Knight, Arkansas
11. CF Alek Thomas, Mount Carmel HS (Ill.)
12. RHP Griffin Roberts, Wake Forest
13. OF Tristan Pompey, Kentucky
14. RHP J.T. Ginn, Brandon HS (Miss.)
15. C Anthony Seigler, Cartersville HS (Ga.)

My new No. 1 prospect — in terms of realistic guys the Dodgers could get — is Mr. Meadows. He has a ton of upside and is more likely to stick in center field than some of his other prep outfielder contemporaries.

Hankins is still at 2, even if there’s not much of a chance the Dodgers pop him (being a high school pitcher and all).

Eierman is one of my favorite college hitters in this draft. While he plays shortstop at Missouri State, he’ll either have to move off it in the pros or hit enough to make up for any defensive shortcomings.

Wilcox is my other favorite prep pitcher in this draft. He’s been coming on of late and would be a throwback kind of pick for this organization.

Rolison is a new entrant. He was mocked to the Dodgers in Baseball America’s first (full) mock and if a college pitcher is going to fall, Rolison might be that guy.

Bubic is a higher-floor, lower-ceiling version of Rolison, but he’s the kind of pitcher the Dodgers look for in the draft.

Larnach might be one of the best hitters available to the Dodgers at 30, but his short track record of this kind of success is mildly concerning.

Turang falls from the top spot for a couple of reasons: 1. He probably won’t make it to 30, and, 2. If he does, he’ll be a tough sign. The Dodgers aren’t opposed to taking signability guys, but they have the smallest draft bonus pool of any club, so they’ll have to use their money wisely.

Scott just screams projection, but the swing needs a lot of work and would definitely be a long-term project.

Knight is a bit underrated in my eyes, but part of that is because he has spotty command/control at times. He might be a reliever in the long run, but the potential is there.

Thomas has been linked to the Dodgers by Keith Law in both his mocks and he profiles as a classic top-of-the-order hitter. Not big on power, but big on three other tools (hit, field and run).

Roberts has a big arm that could move quickly through the system. He’s a starter, but he could end up in the bullpen with that wipeout slider of his.

Pompey is a Dexter Fowler clone (Alex’s words, not mine … hella racerace) and the Dodgers have an affinity for not only SEC prospects, but ones from the University of Kentucky.

Ginn is an awfully intriguing arm and was mocked to the Dodgers in BA’s second full mock. Again, it’s unlikely they go with a prep arm at 30, but he’s the type of prep arm that could be available there.

Seigler was mocked to the Dodgers by FanGraphs in its most recent mock. He’s an athletic catcher who can play multiple positions. Sound familiar?

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Keep it tuned here for more draft profiles. We’re going to be rolling a lot of them out over the next couple weeks.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.