The Dodgers have reportedly signed the No. 36 overall pick, right-handed pitcher Jordan Sheffield out of Vanderbilt, with Sheffield posting a picture of himself signing his contract with the Dodgers on Instagram on Saturday.
Sheffield was taken during the Competitive Balance Round A, with a pick the Dodgers got as compensation for failing to sign Louisville right-hander Kyle Funkhouser, their No. 35 overall pick in 2015. The team has not yet confirmed the signing.
The slot value for Sheffield's No. 36 pick as $1,791,000. He got slightly over slot, per Jim Callis of MLB.com:
Supp 1st-rder Jordan Sheffield inks w/@Dodgers, $1.85 mil (pick 36 = $1,791,000). Vandy RHP, could be 3 plus pitches, Stroman comp @MLBDraft— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) June 25, 2016
The Dodgers are now a reported $218,800 over slot after the signing, but still have room to spend even more above slot, able to go a total of $466,824 over without forfeiting a future first-round pick, giving them roughly $248,024 of over-slot money to use on later-round picks.
Sheffield was ranked as the 19th-best prospect in the draft by MLB.com, placed No. 23 overall in the Baseball America top 500, and was ranked 28th by our own David Hood.
"He's super athletic. He's a former standout high school football player," said Dodgers director of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino, when Sheffield was drafted. "We thought he was one of the better athletes in the draft at any position."
With Sheffield in the fold, the Dodgers have signed 28 of their first 42 picks, including 17 of their first 18 selections. The only one unsigned is high school right-hander Graham Aschcraft, taken in the 12th round. Ashcraft appears headed for Mississippi State rather than a pro career for now, though nothing is finalized in that regard.
The deadline to sign 2016 MLB Draft picks is Friday, July 15.