The MLB Draft begins at 4 p.m., and because MLB is not the smartest, they decided to not only have the draft today, but also to have the Future’s Game (Michael Busch and Andre Jackson are the Dodgers’ representatives) and actually games today. You know, instead of spacing things out a bit. Look at the schedule for Wednesday and Thursday and be amazed.
Anyway, before we get to the final version of my Big Board, let’s take a look at who other reputable outlets have had the Dodgers taking in their respective mock drafts.
Mock Draft Roundup
|The Athletic 1.0||Ryan Cusick|
|The Athletic 2.0||Gunnar Hoglund|
|The Athletic 3.0||Andrew Painter|
|Baseball America 1.0||Chase Petty|
|Baseball America 2.0||Carson Williams|
|Baseball America 3.0||Frank Mozzicato|
|Baseball America 4.0 (staff)||Colston Montgomery|
|Baseball America 5.0||Jud Fabian|
|Baseball America 6.0||Ryan Cusick|
|CBS MLB 1.0||Jaden Hill|
|CBS MLB 2.0||Peyton Stovall|
|ESPN 1.0||Ben Kudrna|
|ESPN 2.0||Ryan Cusick|
|ESPN 3.0||Ryan Cusick|
|FanGraphs 1.0||Max Muncy|
|FanGraphs 2.0||Sam Bachman|
|MLB Pipeline 1.0||Peyton Stovall|
|MLB Pipeline 2.0||Peyton Stovall|
|MLB Pipeline 3.0||Gunnar Hoglund|
|MLB Pipeline 4.0||Peyton Stovall|
|MLB Pipeline 5.0||Peyton Stovall|
|MLB Pipeline 6.0||Matheu Nelson|
|MLB Pipeline 7.0||Peyton Stovall|
|MLB Pipeline 8.0||Matheu Nelson|
|MLB Pipeline 9.0||Matheu Nelson|
|Perfect Game 1.0||Thatcher Hurd|
|Perfect Game 2.0||Thatcher Hurd|
|Perfect Game 3.0 (video)||Sam Bachman|
|Prospects Live 4.0||Jud Fabian|
|Prospects Live 5.0||Lonnie White, Jr.|
|Prospects Live 6.0||Lorenzo Carrier|
|Prospects Live 7.0||Peyton Stovall|
There are other prospects — not necessarily in the first round — linked to the Dodgers who don’t appear as picks in these mocks or on my Big Board below. They are as follows:
- LHP Ky Bush, Saint Mary’s
- LHP Gage Jump, JSerra HS (Calif.)
- 3B Wes Kath, Desert Mountain HS (Ariz.)
- C Joe Mack, Williamsville East HS (N.Y.)
- SS Cody Morissette, Boston College
- 3B Izaac Pacheco, Friendswood HS (Texas)
- OF Tyler Whitaker, Bishop Gorman HS (Nev.)
- RHP Alec Willis, Regis Jesuit HS (Colo.)
So, don’t be surprised if these names come up at some point.
Overall, the Dodgers have $4,646,700 to sign 2021 draftees. It’s the second-smallest bonus pool, ahead of the Astros and their $2,940,600. The Dodgers forfeited their 2nd-round selection when they made a bad signing over the winter. Here’s how it breaks down in the first 10 (nine) rounds.
If a player in the Top 10 rounds doesn’t sign, that amount is deducted from the team’s bonus pool. Conversely, teams can spend up to 5% (less $1) and not forfeit any future draft picks. They would have to pay a 75% tax on the overage. So, the Dodgers can spend $232,334 over their allotment, or $4,879,034. After the 10th round, any player who signs for more than $125,000 will have his bonus count against the pool. Undrafted players can sign for up to $20,000. It’s like last year, except there are 15 more rounds. The Dodgers ended up signing a few undrafted free agents last year.
Before we get to the last version of the Big Board, here are the ones from the five weeks.
Big Board v 5.0
RHP Sam Bachman, Miami (Ohio) [Profile]No. 9 to Anaheim OF Jud Fabian, Florida [Profile]No. 40 to Boston RHP Chase Petty, Mainland Regional HS (N.J.) [Profile]No. 26 to Minnesota
- 2B/SS Peyton Stovall, Haughton HS (La.) [Profile]
SS/RHP Carson Williams, Torrey Pines HS (Calif.)[Profile] No. 28 to Tampa Bay SS Max Muncy, Thousand Oaks HS (Calif.) [Profile]No. 25 to Oakland RHP Jaden Hill, LSU [Profile]No. 44 to Colorado RHP Ryan Cusick, Wake Forest [Profile]No. 24 to Atlanta OF Lonnie White, Jr., Malvern Prep HS (Penn.)No. 64 to Pittsburgh RHP Gavin Williams, East Carolina [Profile]No. 23 to Cleveland RHP Michael McGreevy, UC Santa BarbaraNo. 18 to St. Louis SS/3B Trey Sweeney, Eastern IllinoisNo. 20 to New York (AL) LHP Frank Mozzicato, East Catholic HS (Conn.)No. 7 to Kansas City RHP Andrew Painter, Cavalry Christian HS (Fla.)No. 13 to Philadelphia SS Colston Montgomery, Southridge HS (Ind.)No. 22 to Chicago (AL) C Adrian Del Castillo, Miami (FL) [Profile]No. 67 to Arizona
- RHP Thatcher Hurd, Mira Costa HS (Calif.)
RHP Ben Kudrna, Blue Valley Southwest HS (Kan.)No. 43 to Kansas City RHP/SS Spencer Schwellenbach, NebraskaNo. 59 to Atlanta OF Christian Franklin, ArkansasNo. 123 to Chicago (NL)
We have a new No. 1 on draft day. Word is Bachman might slip due to past injury concerns and substantial reliever risk, but he has remarkable stuff and fits the Dodgers’ MO when it comes to pitching prospects.
Fabian slips to No. 2, but is still one of the higher ceiling prospects the Dodgers could realistically nab at 29. But he comes with risk as well (alarmingly high strikeout rates, contact issues).
Many have said Petty is like the collegiate version of Bachman, and they’re right. He’s been linked to the Dodgers since early on in the process.
Williams is becoming a personal favorite of mine and has been linked to the Dodgers. His potential as a pitcher helps his stock in my eyes (even if he’s going to give shortstop a go first).
Muncy isn’t here for his name. He’s a legit prospect and the buzz around him and the Dodgers is legit. However, he has late helium and might not make it to their pick.
Hill probably wouldn’t be available at 29 if he hadn’t torn his UCL. But the Dodgers aren’t ones to be scared off by injuries — even Tommy John surgery.
Cusick has filthy stuff and reminds a lot of Bobby Miller from last year’s draft. So, we know he fits the draft philosophy.
White is the most athletic player in my Top 20 board. He’s a legit center fielder with untapped raw power. He’s also committed to Penn State to play center field and wide receiver, so signability could be a concern here.
Williams drops a bit in my rankings, but not because anything he has done. I’m just higher on some of the other guys, but Williams has everything the Dodgers look for in a pitching prospect.
McGreevy has been linked to the Dodgers and is a command/control over stuff guy. They took a guy like that a couple years ago in the third round, and now he’s lighting up the minors (Ryan Pepiot).
Sweeney benefits from a weaker college bat class, but he seems quite tied to the Twins at No. 26, so he may not even make it to the Dodgers’ pick. He gives off Corey Seager vibes.
Painter is a hulking right-hander who was projected to be a Top 15-20 pick, but as a lot of prep right-handers do come draft day, there’s a chance he could fall and be available for LA at 29.
Montgomery is making his board debut. The big shortstop/third baseman also gives off Seager vibes, but he’s already 19 years old and teams factor that in when it comes to prep players.
Del Castillo could easily go before No. 29 or fall to the middle of the second round. The bat is legit, though. His ability to stick behind the plate, however, remains to be seen.
Hurd is a high-spin breaking ball guy with an average fastball. He’s projectable, so thre could be more velo to come.
Kudrna, aside from having the last name I have the hardest time spelling, is also a projectable righty and, instead of a curveball, boasts a mid-80s slider.
Schwellenbach has mixed reviews from scouts as to his best position, but he’s a legit 2-way talent who could be a shortstop/high-leverage reliever (if he isn’t stretched out to start).
I have yet to see Franklin linked to the Dodgers, but his profile reminds me of someone the Dodgers could take if they’re looking to save some money in the first round.
I’ll update the board as the players get drafted. Stay tuned for a write-up of whoever the Dodgers land with their 1st-round pick.