The 2016 MLB Draft begins on Thursday night, with the first two rounds plus Competitive Balance rounds, for a total of 77 picks on the first of three days for baseball's annual restocking of farm systems. The Dodgers figure prominently on the opening night, with four of the first 65 picks in the draft.
The Dodgers pick 20th in the first round, and their second-round pick is No. 65. They also select 32nd with their compensatory pick for Zack Greinke signing as a free agent with the Diamondbacks, and have the No. 36 pick for failing to sign Kyle Funkhouser, the No. 35 overall pick in the 2015 draft.
Last year the Dodgers signed 36 of their 42 picks, going heavy on college players. They drafted and signed 20 college pitchers, 12 college hitters, two high school hitters and two high school pitchers.
One of the six they didn't sign was Funkhouser, who had an underwhelming senior year at Louisville and isn't expected to be picked nearly as high as 35th overall, when the Dodgers picked him last year. At the very least, the Funkhouser is technically available to the Dodgers again, should they decide to go down that road again. Per Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider:
Draftees who don’t sign with a team must sign a "reconsent form" to open up the possibility of being drafted by the same team the following year. For what it’s worth, [Dodgers director of amateur scouting Billy] Gasparino said that Funkhouser signed that form.
"We went eyes wide open into Kyle and our pick and what might or might not happen," Gasparino said. "It was his choice, and we respected it. We still like Kyle a lot, like the family. We have no hard feelings at all.
Here is a look at some picks the Dodgers have made at the four overall selection spots the Dodgers pick Thursday night:
20th: RHP Rick Rhoden (1971), RHP Bob Welch (1976), RHP Chris Withrow (2007); also 3B Donnie Denbow (1967), LHP David Yocum (1995)
32nd: Lee Lacy (1969), drafted as a left-handed pitcher; also, C Ryan Luzinski (1992)
36th: OF Mike Moore (1992), LHP/OF Aaron Miller (2009)
65th: RHP Bob Detherage (1972), RHP Garrett Gould (2009)
MLB Network will televise the draft on Thursday night, beginning with a pre-show at 3 p.m. PT. The draft itself starts at 4 p.m., and with the pomp and circumstance of the first night every team has at least one representative, mostly former players, managers or executives, in attendance. The Dodgers will be represented by Tommy Lasorda and longtime scout Lon Joyce.
Online streaming of the draft will be available on MLB.com.
There are four minutes in between picks in the first round, which includes all the compensatory pics for teams losing free agents who declined a qualifying offer, so through the 34th pick. There are one-minute intervals between picks the rest of the night.
Thursday night info
Dodgers picks: 4 total (20, 32, 36, 65)
Time: 4 p.m. PT
TV: MLB Network
Online streaming: MLB.com
Twitter: Every pick will be tweeted at @MLBDraftTracker