LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have agreed to terms with two of their top draft picks - University of Virginia right-handed pitcher Josh Sborz, the club's pick in Competitive Balance Round B of the 2015 MLB Draft, pick No. 74 overall; and Vanderbilt left-handed pitcher Philip Pfeifer, third-round selection and No. 101 overall.
The Dodgers have signed 32 of their 42 draft picks to date.
Sborz was magnificent in the College World Series for Virginia, pitching 13 scoreless innings in relief in four games, earning three wins and a save, with 10 strikeouts and four walks. He pitched the final four innings in Virginia's championship-clinching win over Vanderbilt on June 24 and was named Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series.
Though Sborz was Virginia's closer during his junior season in 2015, he started as a sophomore. Dodgers director of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino said the club would try to stretch out Sborz as a starting pitcher in the pros.
Pfeifer had a 0.00 ERA in 12⅔ innings in two starts in Omaha, allowing 12 hits and four walks, with 13 strikeouts. He was 1-1 for Vandy, with the one loss coming thanks to three unearned runs.
The bonus values for Sborz and Pfeifer are $722,500 and $222,500, respectively per Jim Callis of MLB.com, both less than the allotted slot values - the slot value for the No. 74 overall pick is $827,000, and the slot value for No. 101 is $564,700.
The Dodgers are $229,700 over slot after the deals for Sborz and Pfeifer.
There are still three picks from the first 10 rounds still unsigned - pitchers Walker Buehler (first round) and Kyle Funkhouser (supplemental first round), and first baseman Edwin Rios (sixth round). Of those three, Funkhouser is considered the toughest sign.
The amount the Dodgers presumably save on Sborz and Pfeifer will give us a rough idea of just how much they can afford for Funkhouser.
If the Dodgers don't sign Funkhouser they lose his slot (same applies for Buehler and Rios, for that matter), so the Dodgers' total pool and the amount they can exceed it (4.99 percent) without forfeiting a draft pick changes as well:
- With Funkhouser: $7,781,700 total pool; can go $389,084 over.
- Without Funkhouser: $6,025,600 total pool; can go $301,279 over.
The deadline to sign 2015 draft picks is July 17.
The Dodgers also signed non-drafted right-handed pitcher Brian Bass out of Faulkner University in Alabama. Bass was 3-1 with a 3.31 ERA in 16 games in 2015 with Faulkner, including two starts, with 34 strikeouts and eight walks in 35... innings.
The 6'4, 200-pound Bass went to Aliso Niguel High School in Orange County.