Starting today I'm going to be doing profiles on each of the players selected by the Dodgers in the 2013 draft. Eric and Ben already provided a ton of draft coverage, but now that it's all over I wanted to take a deeper look at each player. I will be working backwards, from the 40th round down to the 1st round, and will plan to have them all done by the July 12th signing deadline (meaning some days will have multiple posts). Some of the profiles will be shorter than others because there just isn't a lot of information about some of the players, but I'll do my best to gather as much data as possible.
Summary: 40th round pick Matthew Haggerty was drafted out of Seton Catholic High School in Arizona as an outfielder. Haggerty is listed at 6'0", 190 pounds and is 18 years old (will turn 19 in September)
Background information: Haggerty was both a pitcher and an outfielder for his high school team, and led them deep into the playoffs this past season. At the plate he hit .414, scored 44 runs in 31 games, and posted an .545 on base %. He didn't show a whole lot of power, however, as it appears he only had 3 homers on the year. He was also a receiver on the football team that won the Arizona state championship in 2012. Matthew's high school teammate, M.J. Villegas, was drafted by the Dodgers in the 23rd round.
Scouting report: I don't have much to go on here other than his stats. The MLB draft tracker lists Haggerty as a center fielder, and that would make sense given that he played receiver in football so should have some good speed. He also stole 12 bases during his senior season. Again he didn't show much power, but reached base a very good clip. As a pitcher he had a 2.12 ERA, but the Dodgers wanted him for his bat.
Signing Status: High school players selected in the very last round of the draft usually don't sign, however the Dodgers might have a chance with Haggerty. His college commitment is to Mesa Community College, but it was this tweet by him shortly after the draft that has some telling signs "I guess I'm gonna be joining some old teammates in LA!
@CodyBellinger8 @mvillegas20 #draft2013 #dodgers #40round." As I mentioned above the Dodgers picked his high school teammate in the 23rd round, and they also selected one of his travel ball teammates, Cody Bellinger, in the 4th round. So that might just help convince Matthew to sign.
UPDATE (June 13): Haggerty said via Twitter that his college commitment isn't to MCC, but rather to Grand Canyon University.