According to our own David Hood, he was ranked as the No. 27 overall prospect. On the MLB.com prospects list, Hoese came in as the No. 25 overall prospect, so the Dodgers drafted him right around where most experts ranked him as a player.
This past season, the 6’2 junior hit .391 with an on-base percentage of .486. He hit 23 homers, which ranked fourth in all of division one baseball, and drove in 61 runs. He also had more walks (39) than strikeouts (34). It’s no surprise that he was named the American Athletic Conference player of the year.
This was the first of two first round picks made by the Dodgers on Monday night. Their other pick was Michael Busch, who they took with the No. 31 overall pick.
“Kody’s a guy we earmarked coming out of the fall that we really thought took a jump in both ability and performance,” Dodger Amateur Scouting Director Billy Gasparino said. “He’s an athletic 6-4, lean-bodied third baseman who we think is a plus defender. We thought the power was going to be there, and then he went out and almost hit .400 with over 20 home runs and really showed us that he was a dynamic hitter that can hit with power.”