Day 3 of the 2021 MLB Draft closed with the Dodgers selecting the only two position players they took in the draft. They also signed a shortstop as an undrafted free agent.
The signing deadline for draftees is Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. Pacific time.
Here are the selections (overall in parenthesis).
16(492). SS Michael Sirota, The Gunnery School
17(522). LHP Adam Tulloch, West Virginia
18(552). OF Damon Keith, California Baptist
19(582). RHP Gabe Emmett, Folsom Lake College
20(612). RHP Charlie Connolly, Navy
Round 16, No. 492 overall: SS Michael Sirota, The Gunnery School
“He’s an athletic center fielder with plus speed and a strong arm, showing good defensive instincts and reads off the bat. While a lot of teams haven’t seen Sirota against top competition, he has generally hit well in games, including at the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association Championship last year in October and the PG High School Showdown in Alabama this year in March. Sirota isn’t the most physically imposing player, but he shows good bat speed, a patient approach and over-the-fence pop now with some strength projection remaining for that to tick up.”
And this is from MLB.com’s Draft Tracker.
“An athletic but raw high schooler, Sirota is from Queens but attended The Gunnery School in Connecticut. He has some tools, most notably his bat speed and raw power, but they lack refinement overall as he hasn’t faced top competition much. The Northeastern recruit has played shortstop and center field, with most thinking his speed and solid arm will work better in the outfield long term.”
I wouldn’t get too excited about Sirota, because even Billy Gasparino is skeptical that he’ll sign.
He’s the lone prep player the Dodgers selected after the third round, and as one of the youngest players available and a commitment to Northeastern University, he’s going to be a tough one. But the profile is solid and fits what the Dodgers like in their up-the-middle players.
Round 17, No. 522 overall: LHP Adam Tulloch, West Virginia
Tulloch wasn’t ranked in any of the outlets, but he’ a 4th-year junior (the equivalent of a 5th-year senior, due to COVID-19), so he still has eligibility. He just turned 21 years old. He joins teammate Madison Jeffrey (15th round) and Michael Grove (2018 2nd-rounder) as recent Dodger draftees from West Virginia.
Round 18, No. 552 overall: OF Damon Keith, Cal Baptist
CBU OF Damon Keith might be a name we need to be talking about a lot more as a possible sleeper in the ‘21 #MLBDraft— Ian Smith (@FlaSmitty) May 3, 2021
Top 5 in nearly every off. category in the WAC, and 1 of just 8 in D1 baseball with at least 10 HR and 10 SB.
Oh, and he hits absolute nukes.
🎥 @CBUbaseball pic.twitter.com/YuyftT3wpb
👏👏👏— California Baptist Baseball (@CBUbaseball) May 28, 2021
Damon Keith and Chad Castillo both collect their second hits of the game in the eighth. Keith leads off with a triple and Castillo chases him home with his second RBI single of the day.#LanceUp⚔️ pic.twitter.com/SD4Iyhky4w
Like Tulloch, Keith is a 4th-year junior, so he still has eligibility. But he’s a local product, so the Dodgers have probably had enough eyes on him to like what they see and to get him signed. He has an athletic frame and looks like a legit center fielder. He hit .336/.434/.588 this season in the Western Athletic Conference. The Dodgers have drafted former WAC position players like James Outman (Sacramento State) and Brock Carpenter (Seattle University), so they are familiar with players from the conference.
Round 19, No. 582 overall: RHP Gabe Emmett, Folsom Lake College
A local (to me) product, Emmett might be the most intriguing selection in Rounds 16-20.
Here’s some video from the young man himself.
Oh, and he had a pre-draft workout at Dodger Stadium.
It’ll be interesting to see if they can get him signed. Projectable is the name of the game here.
Round 20, No. 612 overall: RHP Charlie Connolly, Navy
There’s not a lot available info on him and he may not even be able to play until his service is complete, but the above article has some information on him.
The Dodgers also made their first undrafted free agent signing.
Gauthier joins 2018 3rd-rounder John Rooney as recent Dodger draftees from Hofstra University.