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MLB Draft 2016: Josh Lowe, Justin Dunn projected to Dodgers in latest Baseball America mock draft

The Dodgers drafted Justin Dunn out of high school in 2013, but he decided instead to attend Boston College.
The Dodgers drafted Justin Dunn out of high school in 2013, but he decided instead to attend Boston College.
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Believe it or not, the 2016 MLB Draft is just under five weeks away, with the three-day event starting on Thursday, June 9. John Manuel at Baseball America posted his latest mock draft on Friday morning, and he has the Dodgers taking a power-hitting third baseman and a pitcher with their first two picks.

The first day of the draft will feature the first two rounds, including free agent compensatory picks in between those two rounds, and Competitive Balance Rounds A and B after the first and second rounds, respectively. Friday will have rounds three through 10, with Saturday packed with Rounds 11-40.

The Dodgers pick 20th in the first round, and also pick 32nd thanks to free agent Zack Greinke signing with Arizona.

Manuel has the Dodgers taking third baseman Josh Lowe at No. 20, though Manuel notes the club would be pleased if he drops that far.

The 18-year-old bats left and throws right, and hails from Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia.

Lowe in March told Dan Zielinski III of The 3rd Man In he preferred to play third base over pitching:

"You can make more of an impact playing third base instead of being a pitcher," Lowe said. "Everyday you can step in the box and can change the game with one swing or make plays defensively. From an impact standpoint, playing third base is a lot more fun."

"He has power tools both at the plate and on the mound," Manuel wrote. "Questions about Lowe’s ability to stay in the infield have hurt his stock a bit this spring."

At 32nd overall, Manuel has the Dodgers taking Boston College right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn, a name that may sound familiar since the club drafted Dunn out of high school in the 37th round in 2013.

Manuel described Dunn as "undersized but athletic," and the right-hander has a 1.31 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 34⅓ innings this season, converting from the bullpen to starting midseason.

From BC Interrupton:

From a velocity standpoint, Dunn is capable of hitting anywhere from 95-98 miles per hour on his fastball, something that forces hitters to make adjustments as they foul off or hit balls the opposite way because they're behind his pitches. He combines the fastball with a slider in the low-to-mid 80s and a changeup that simply rolls off the table. Even late into his outings, when he would normally be tiring, his velocity stayed up in such a way that he was throwing just as hard against late inning hitters as he was against opening inning hitters, an impressive feat considering he was a relief pitcher one month ago.

Dunn is scheduled to start Saturday against Wake Forest.