2017 MLB Draft: Dodgers’ Big Board, v 3.0

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The draft is in a week. Literally one week. This is the third version of the big board with one more to come. I’m also going to try to write as many profiles this week as possible.

Previous versions of Big Board:

My Big Board, v 3.0

1. OF Heliot Ramos, Alfonso Casta Martinez HS (P.R.)
2. LHP David Peterson, Oregon
3. OF Jordon Adell, Ballard HS (Ky.)
4. RHP Griffin Canning, UCLA
5. 1B/OF Evan White, Kentucky
6. OF Bubba Thompson, McGill-Toolen HS (Ala.)
7. SS Logan Warmoth, North Carolina
8. RHP Sam Carlson, Burnsville HS (Minn.)
9. 3B/SS Mark Vientos, American Heritage HS (Fla.)
10. LHP Brendon Little, State JC of Florida-Manatee
11. RHP Corbin Martin, Texas A&M
12. RHP Tristan Beck, Stanford
13. RHP Tanner Houck, Missouri
14. 3B/1B Jake Burger, Missouri State
15. RHP Blayne Enlow, St. Amant HS (La.)

Some changes near the top, but Ramos is still my No. 1. He’s the prospect with the highest ceiling on this list, but he also has some of the biggest bust potential.

Peterson is more of a pipe dream at this point. It’d be quite shocking if he made it all the way to the 23rd pick. He’s too polished with great command and solid stuff. Guys like that usually go near the Top 10.

Adell is a volatile guy. Some think he’ll go in the Top 10, some think he’ll make it to the 20s. On pure talent and potential, he’s a top guy. But there are some question marks that could knock him down a bit.

Canning jumped a few spots on my board after writing him up. He doesn’t have the highest ceiling, but he should be a quality starting pitcher with at least two plus-pitches.

White is still my favorite college bat who might be there at 23, but he has some helium leading up to draft day.

Thompson is almost the consensus selection for the Dodgers at 23. Most mocks have them popping the athletic prep outfielder.

Warmoth is a guy who is shooting up my board. He might be Top 5 by this time next week. He’s a legit shortstop with good bat control and contact ability. His power is lacking, but he should be useful with the bat.

Whoa! Not only is Carlson a new entrant to the list, he’s a prep pitcher. He’d be a “classic” Dodger draft pick for years past. He’s projectable, has a solid breaking ball to go with his fastball and a quality third pitch. He’s a top-half of the draft guy, but prep arms tend to fall a bit on draft day.

Vientos is a powerful third baseman who is a bat-first guy. He has some defensive ability, but he’ll make it on the strength of his hit and power tools.

Little is one of the best junior college arms available. He has plus-fastball and a potentially plus breaking ball. He’ll need to develop his changeup to be a viable starting option.

Martin seems to be a bit underrated — at least to me. He’s going to be there at 23 without a doubt, but I don’t see the Dodgers taking him. If he falls to their 2nd-round pick, he’d be a steal.

Beck hasn’t thrown all year because of a back injury, but his command-first profile is still intriguing. He also has a little projectability remaining, so if the Dodgers want to take a risk on a college pitcher, he wouldn’t be the worst one.

Houck has fallen down my board somewhat hard. He has two solid pitches, but diminished velocity, lack of a true third pitch and questionable mechanics are some key red flags.

Burger is definitely a bat-first prospect. He doesn’t fit the mold of a typical Dodger draftee, but it’s hard to look beyond the advanced college bat.

Enlow is another newbie, and like Carlson, he’s a prep pitcher. He might have the best curveball of any high school pitcher in the draft, and he also projects to have a plus-fastball. With a projectable frame, he could be quite the steal for some team.


The draft is a week away. I’ll release one more board on draft day. It’ll probably serve as the draft thread since the Dodgers don’t play that day. I’m excited to see who the Dodgers end up taking. They should have their pick of some quality prospects.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. 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.