Garrett Gould, drafted 65th overall in June's draft, has signed with the Dodgers. Gould, considered by many a first-round talent, had committed to Wichita State University but signed with the Dodgers before Monday night's deadline to sign draft picks.
The signing of Gould, first reported by Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts earlier today, indicates a shift from years past, as the Dodgers failed to sign high-talent, lower-picks Alex White in 2006 (
5th 14th round pick who went to college instead and was drafted #15 overall in the 2009 draft) and Kyle Blair in 2007.
The Dodgers have now signed each of their first 11 picks from the first ten rounds of the 2009 draft.
UPDATE (7:49pm): Ken Gurnick of MLB.com has reported that Gould's signing bonus was $900,000 (the same amount as the last player drafted in the first round)
UPDATE (10pm): Jim Callis of Baseball America reported that Gould's bonus of $900,000 was $337,500 more than the MLB recommended bonus for his draft slot.