NEW YORK, NY -- The Dodgers on Saturday continued their Friday pattern of selecting college players whenever possible. After taking seven college players from rounds three through 10 on Friday, the Dodgers on Saturday drafted nine college players in their first 10 picks. Here is a summary of rounds 12-20.
12th round - Kameron Uter
RHP | Bats R, throws R | Pace Academy (Atlanta, GA) | @kamuter4
The 6'4, 205-pound Uter was not only a two-way player in baseball, mixing in time in the outfield as well as on the mound, but was also a wide receiver committed to play college football and baseball at Wake Forest. With that kind of leverage, it could take a relatively hefty bonus to get Uter to sign. Here is video of Uter from Baseball Web TV:
13th round - Ryan Taylor
RHP | Bats R, throws R | Arkansas Tech University
The 6'0, 195-pound senior was the ace for Division II Arkansas Tech, going 6-2 with a 3.55 ERA, 86 strikeouts and 45 walks in 88⅔ innings in 2014, including allowing one run on three hits in eight innings against Augustana on May 15 in their NCAA Tournament opener:
This appears to be the Twitter account (though unconfirmed) of Taylor's father Mike, who noted Taylor had a pre-draft workout for the Dodgers in Dallas on May 24:
Ryan was 93-95 on his fastball in Dallas at the Dodgers pre-draft workout today.— Mike Taylor (@cpaonamission) May 24, 2014
14th round - Kelvin Ramos
SS | Bats R, throws R | San Jacinto College North
The 5'10, 170-pound Ramos hit .313/.407/.348 with 30 steals in 52 games in 2014 at a junior college in Texas.
15th round - Joe Broussard
RHP | Bats R, throws R | LSU | @joe_boo21
The 6'1, 220-pound junior was 3-2 with a 1.05 ERA and eight saves in 32 games as the LSU closer in 2014, with 37 strikeouts and 17 walks in 34⅓ innings. He missed all of 2013 after Tommy John surgery, joining fellow 2014 Dodgers draft picks Jeff Brigham (fourth round) and Trevor Oaks (seventh round) as alumni of the elbow reconstruction procedure. Here is Broussard talking about the procedure:
16th round - Devan Ahart
CF | Bats L, throws R | Akron
The 6'1, 180-pound center fielder hit .311/.395/.404 with 30 walks and 16 strikeouts as a junior in 2014, with 27 steals in 56 games. Here is video of Ahart hitting from March:
17th round - Tyler Wampler
SS | Bats R, throws R | Indiana State | @T_Wamp03
Wampler, 1 6'0, 175-pound senior, hit .275/.364/.311 with 12 steals in 52 games in 2014. He had 20 total extra-base hits, including 17 doubles, in his four years in college.
18th round - Clint Freeman
1B | Bats L, throws L | East Tennessee State
The 6'1, 195-pound senior was the only one of the Dodgers' picks 12-20 to show up on the Baseball America pre-draft Top 500. Freeman, who hit .348/.412/.620 with 13 home runs and 17 doubles in 57 games as a senior, was ranked 448th.
Baseball America called the 23-year-old Freeman "a bat-first player at the bottom of the defensive spectrum" who "has shown an ability to control the strike zone and make contact at an above-average clip, with a 12 percent strikeout rate against an eight percent walk rate, but scouts worry about how his hand hitch will play against professional competition. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder fits best at first but moves and throws well enough to handle an outfield corner."
19th round - Gary Cornish
RHP | Bats R, throws R | Palomar College (CA) | @gtcornish
The 20-year-old Cornish, at 6'3, 190 pounds, had a 2.78 ERA in 2014 in 18 games for Palomar, with 44 strikeouts and just six walks in 35⅔ innings. He also saved five games.
20th round - Brian Wolfe
RF | Bats L, throws L | Washington | @BWolfe5
The 6'4, 210-pound fifth-year senior was First Team All-Pac-12, hitting .352/.419/.494 with five home runs. Here is a profile video of Wolfe from King 5 TV in Seattle: