For the second consecutive year the Dodgers hold the 18th pick in the first round of the MLB Draft. In 2012, that netted the club shortstop Corey Seager, a departure from Logan White's pattern of taking a pitcher first. But who will the Dodgers draft with the No. 18 pick in 2013?
Jim Callis in the fourth version of his mock draft at Baseball America has the Dodgers picking Hunter Harvey, a high school right-handed pitcher from North Carolina. Harvey, the son of former Angels closer Bryan Harvey, has a reported low to mid-90s fastball and a curve ball that Keith Law at ESPN ($) described as an out pitch with "with variable shape, some with real two-plane break and depth and others that are more vertical."
Law at ESPN in his final mock draft had the Dodgers selecting Ryne Stanek, a 6'4, 190-pound right-handed pitcher from the University of Arkansas. Law noted that Stanek entered the year as a potential top-five pick but fell out of that lofty perch with inconsistency.
"He just looks like a reliable pitcher. He doesn't have pinpoint command or any crazy knockout pitches," wrote Matt Garrioch at Minor League Ball. "His presence on the mound makes me think he will play better than his stuff and his stuff is at the level of a solid #3 starter with potential to be a #2 if the change develops and I don't see any reason it won't."
John Sickels at SB Nation has the Dodger selecting New Jersey high school left-handed pitcher Bob Kaminsky, and says, "Some scouts consider him the top prep lefty in the draft. I can see him going higher than this."
At 6'0, 188 pounds, Kaminsky has his doubters due to size.
"He has a good feel for his changeup, though he hasn't used it much in his high school career," wrote Jonathan Mayo at MLB.com. "He also has a pretty good idea of what he's doing on the mound, but he's not the biggest guy in the world, leading some to worry about durability."
Here is video of Kaminsky:
Mayo at MLB.com projected the Dodgers to pick Phil Bickford, a right-handed pitcher out of Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village who also played first base.
Mayo said, "Bickford is a late riser and a projectable right-hander with a chance to throw three good pitches."
Erik Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times said, "Bickford has been clocked at 97 mph. But it's his ability to throw strikes while throwing so hard that makes him very valuable. Growing up, he used to practice hitting a target low and away 10 consecutive times before he could move on."
Here is video of Bickford from the CIF Championship Game on Saturday, in which Bickford struck out 18 in seven scoreless innings, including 17 strikeouts in a row (per Steve Fiorindo of Bullpen Banter):
Dustin Nosler at Feelin' Kinda Blue released a Dodgers draft board (three of them in fact!), and at the top of that list is Carl Crawford's cousin, shortstop J.P. Crawford out of nearby Lakewood High School, who Nosler admits won't fall to the Dodgers at 18. Nosler's second name is 6'6 high school left-handed pitcher Trey Ball, who also seems a stretch to fall to No. 18.
"He has put the [pitcher/outfielder] debate to rest by showing a 91-94 mph fastball and an improved curveball this spring," wrote Callis at Baseball America of the two-way player Ball, "but he also would merit a second- or third-round selection as a position player."
Others linked to the Dodgers through previous mock drafts are Ian Clarkin, a left-handed high school arm out of San Diego who is committed to the University of San Diego; Nick Ciuffo, a high school catcher out of South Carolina; and Eric Jagielo, a third baseman at Notre Dame.