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MLB Draft 2015: Dodgers go catcher heavy on Day 3

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Jason Goldstein was drafted by the Dodgers in the 17th round out of Illinois.
Jason Goldstein was drafted by the Dodgers in the 17th round out of Illinois.
Photo: University of Illinois Athletics

LOS ANGELES -- On the third and final day of the MLB Draft, the Dodgers loaded up on catchers, selecting six catchers on Wednesday. The Dodgers picked five catchers in a 10-pick stretch from rounds 12-21, including four college backstops.

12th round: Matt Beaty (No. 372 overall)

Beaty hit .382/.469/.668 with 12 home runs and 24 doubles in 58 games as a senior at Belmont in 2015, and even stole 12 bases in 14 tries, earning All-OVC First Team and All-American Second Team honors.

Beaty was 4-for-7 with a home run in two wins this season over defending champion Vanderbilt, and none of that damage was done against Dodgers draftees Walker Buehler (first round) or Philip Pfeifer (third round).

At 6'0, 210 pounds, Beaty bats left-handed and throws right-handed. He played third base and first base in addition to catching during his time at Belmont.

John Sickels at Minor League Ball wrote that Beaty had a good defensive reputation at third base, and estimated he would be drafted in the sixth round.

UPDATE: The Dodgers now list Beaty as a first baseman.

He was originally drafted out of Dresden High School in Tennessee by the Royals in the 48th round in 2011.

Twitter: @Matt_BeatyBU

14th round: Garrett Kennedy (No. 432)

Kennedy hit .329/.440/.488 with seven home runs and 11 doubles in 61 games as a senior in 2015, and like Beaty had more walks (36) than strikeouts (27).

The 22-year-old is 6'1, 205 pounds, and bats lefty and throws right-handed.

Kennedy and Miami are headed to Omaha, one of eight teams in the College World Series, slated to open against Florida on Saturday at 5 p.m. PT.

"It’s a dream come true to be able to get drafted. That’s all I’ve ever wanted, to get drafted and play baseball," Kennedy told Christie Cabrera Chirinos of the Miami Sun-Sentinel. "And now, to get on a flight right now and go to Omaha, we have the best of both worlds. We know we get to play and compete for the College World Series and you also have the relief that you’ve been drafted and that you’re going to play after this."

Twitter: @gkennedy25

17th round: Jason Goldstein (No. 522)

Goldstein hit .286/.369/.476 with eight home runs and 15 doubles in 59 games as a junior in 2015.

The 21-year-old is 6'0, 210 pounds, and bats right-handed.

David Hood was high on Goldstein, ranking him No. 90 on his top 200 list, saying he has a good defensive reputation, though despite his production Goldstein, per Hood, has a limited offensive ceiling.

Hood drafted Goldstein in the seventh round of his 10-round mock Dodgers draft, comparing him to A.J. Ellis.

"He's led a standout Illinois pitching staff into the Super Regionals and he's provided offensive value in the middle of the order as well.  While we don't project Goldstein to be a significant offensive contributor at the next level, we do think he can hold his own while providing above average defense," Hood wrote. "His overall profile looks like a solid second catcher, but he has the intangibles to play a long time in the league and could work his way into a starting role at some point."

"Jason Goldstein was called "one of the best catchers in the country," by opposing coach. Valued for game-calling, leadership and has pop," tweeted Baseball America editor Vince Lara-Cinisomo.

19th round: Joe Genord (No. 582)

Genord, 6'2, 200 pounds, bats right-handed. He committed to play college ball at South Florida.

"I have to talk it over with my family," the 18-year-old Genord told Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post.

Twitter: @JoeGenord20

21st round: Jake Henson (No. 642)

Henson hit .327/.366/.531 with eight home runs and 15 doubles in 55 games as a junior for St. Louis in 2015, leading the team in home runs and RBI (46).

He improved from hitting .244 with one home run in 2014.

Henson is 5'11, 215 pounds, and bats right-handed.

Twitter: @JakeHenson004

35th round: Gage Green (No. 1062)

Green hit .291/.404/.408 with five home runs and 18 steals in 58 games as a senior for Oklahoma State. During his time with the Cowboys, Green also played center field and left field.

Green was an All-Big 12 catcher in both 2014 and 2015.

The 22-year-old is from Wichita Falls, Texas.

His school bio says his favorite movies are Forest Gump and Pitch Perfect.

Twitter: @OSU_GageGreen


Photo: Oklahoma State Athletics