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MLB Draft 2019: Dodgers draft infielder Michael Busch from North Carolina in first round

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William Howard

With the No. 31 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Dodgers drafted Michael Busch out of the University of North Carolina. This is the second first round pick the Dodgers owned, as they were given a compensation pick for failing to sign last years first-rounder, J.T. Ginn.

Our David Hood ranked him as the No. 36 overall prospect, while MLB.com’s Pipeline rankings had him at No. 26.

This past season, Busch hit .294/.442/.575/1.017 with 16 homers and 57 RBI. Though he hit below .300 on the year, his on-base percentage was as high as it was due to his eye at the plate. Busch walked 56 times last year, while striking out only 36 times.

This was the first of two first round picks made by the Dodgers on Monday night. Their other pick was Kody Hoese, who they selected with the No. 25 overall pick.

Though mostly a first baseman in college, he was announced as a second baseman at the draft.

“Michael is a guy who we thought was one of the better bats in the Cape, both in terms of performance and swing, as well as overall defensive versatility,” Dodger Amateur Scouting Director Billy Gasparino said. “He’s been a staple in the UNC program. They rave about his makeup and his character, and we’re excited to add him to our organization.”