The MLB Draft is here. Well, almost here since there is a one-hour preview show first. But on Monday, the first of three days of restocking farm systems with domestic amateur talent.
The first night brings us the first two rounds, and the Dodgers’ two picks tonight come at No. 23 overall and No. 62.
There are no compensatory picks this year for the Dodgers, and no trades for Competitive Balance Round picks. The Dodgers have 40 picks in their 40 rounds, a pretty normal draft.
The slot value for the Dodgers’ first pick, per MLB.com, is $2,702,700, while their second-round pick has a value of $1,018,200. The Dodgers’ total bonus pool, which is the combination of the slot values of their picks in the first 10 rounds, is $5,794,000.
MLB Network will televise the events on Monday night, with the draft preview show at 3 p.m. PT, followed by the draft at 4 p.m., and online streaming is available through MLB.com.
The Dodgers have held the 23rd overall pick three times previously, and the trio they drafted in those spots were underwhelming at best — Oklahoma State left-handed pitcher Dennis Livingston (1984), Kansas City high school third baseman Damian Rolls (1996), and Rice outfielder Bubba Crosby (1998).
Current Dodgers outfield prospect Alex Verdugo, holding his own in Triple-A as one of the youngest players in the Pacific Coast League, was picked No. 62 overall in 2014 out of high school in Arizona. The only other player drafted by the Dodgers at No. 62 was Michigan high school outfielder Billy Ashley in 1988.
MLB Draft Monday info
Time: 4 p.m. PT
TV: MLB Network