The Dodgers have apparently signed their seventh-round pick from the 2016 MLB Draft, outfielder Luke Raley from Division-II Lake Erie College in Ohio. Raley posted a picture of him signing on Instagram.
Raley, a 6'3, 220-pound outfielder, was the first Division-II player taken in the draft. He captured third-team All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association, hitting .424/.528/.747 with 12 home runs, 11 doubles and 28 walks in 47 games, while also stealing 11 bases in 13 attempts.
"There isn't a more deserving guy I know," said Raley's college coach Brian McGee. "I'm not talking about just being a great person, which he is, I'm taking about the passion in which he plays with while dominating the game."
Raley's bonus has not yet been reported. The slot bonus for the No. 221 overall pick is $187,400. With the known bonuses to date, the Dodgers are $8,300 over slot so far.
While the Dodgers have yet to announce any signings officially, there are a few other 2016 draft picks who are in the fold.
Seattle University third baseman Brock Carpenter, their 20th-round pick, has also signed with the Dodgers, per his Instagram account:
USC right-hander Jeff Paschke, drafted by the Dodgers in the 22nd round, signed with the team on Wednesday, per his Instagram account. Paschke put up a 4.25 ERA in 25 relief appearances as a junior in 2016 with the Trojans, with 28 strikeouts and 21 walks in 29⅔ innings, with four saves.
It looks like 29th-round pick, junior college right-hander Will Kincannon out of Triton College in Illinois, has decided to stay in school. He will attend a four-year school, Indiana State, in 2017.
"Thank you to the Dodgers for making a childhood dream come true of getting drafted! Even though it wasn't where I expected because of $ numbers. It was still an unbelievable feeling I will never forget," Kincannon posted on Instagram on June 11. "I will be attending Indiana State next year ready to improve my draft stock."