LOS ANGELES -- The 2015 MLB Draft has completed 10 rounds and two days, but before we move on let's take a look back to Day 1, when the Dodgers had four of the first 74 picks. They took three college pitchers and one high school outfielder, and director of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino gave his thoughts.
The Dodgers took Walker Buehler out of Vanderbilt in the first round with their No. 24 pick, a pitcher who looks up to Zack Greinke. Buehler was rated No. 9 on the Dodgers draft board, and their next pick was fairly high as well, though Gasparino said he couldn't remember the exact slot.
"Both guys were value picks at where they were, and we couldn't be more excited to get them," Gasparino said. "The starting pitcher market is always hard to find, and it's hard in baseball."
That second pick was Louisville right-hander Kyle Funkhouser, taken at No. 35 overall.
"He's another advanced college right-handed pitcher. He pitched Friday for Louisville, a really good team, and he's their ace," Gasparino said. "He's 6'4, 225. He's big and physical, and has really good arm action and delivery. He throws up to 95 and has a quality mix of secondary pitches."
After the two college pitchers, the Dodgers used their second-round pick, No. 67 overall, on Texas high school outfielder Mitch Hansen, a player the Dodgers will try to convince not to attend Stanford.
"He's a corner outfielder. He's a five-tool player," Gasparino said. "He's 6'4, more of a a lean 195-200. We think he's going to grow and be even bigger. He's a Stanford sign but from what we can tell he's excited to be a part of the Dodgers organization."
The Dodgers' fourth and final pick of Monday was No. 74 overall, and the club went back to the college ranks to draft Virginia closer Jeff Sborz, who started in his sophomore year before converting to relief in 2015.
Gasparino said the Dodgers will use Sborz as a starting pitcher, and that the club wasn't necessarily looking for college relievers who could make a relatively quicker impact.
"That's an Andrew/Farhan call, but I wouldn't expect that," Gasparino said. "We don't use the draft or think of the draft as a short-term way to acquire assets."
Many mock drafts had the Dodgers linked to Brady Aiken, last year's No. 1 overall pick who didn't sign, then had Tommy John surgery in March. Aiken was drafted by the Indians at No. 17, seven picks before the Dodgers.
"With the Aiken situation, my take is I'm just happy for the kid, especially with everything that's happened for him," Gasparino said. "I'm sure it hasn't been a fun year. I'm just glad he got picked."
Outfielder Daz Cameron, son of Mike Cameron, was rated No. 5 in the Baseball America top 500, and No. 6 by MLB.com, but rumors of a high bonus demand pushed him down to No. 37 to the Astros. The Dodgers got two players they didn't think would be available with their first two picks, but passed on Cameron twice.
"We all knew Daz was a talented individual. I do think in general there were some price concerns of how much he was going to cost to sign," Gasparino said. "They got a great player, and I'm sure they are excited."
Of the four players drafted by the Dodgers on Monday, Gasparino said on average, roughly, someone in the Dodgers scouting department saw the player in person between 10-15 times, counting summer ball.