The Dodgers have signed outfielder Jake Vogel, their third-round draft pick from Huntington Beach High School, keeping him away from UCLA, per Jim Callis of MLB.com. and Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times.
3rd-rder Jake Vogel signs with @Dodgers for $1,622,500 (slot 100 value = $581,600). California HS OF, outstanding speed, makes a lot of contact, quality defender with solid arm as well. UCLA recruit. @MLBDraft #MakeAWish— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 3, 2020
The team has not yet announced the signing, but Vogel posted pictures of himself signing the contract.
The signing bonus of $1,622,500 is well over than the recommended slot value of $581,600 for the 100th overall pick, which represents the leverage highly-regarded high school players with a college commitment have in the draft.
The Dodgers have now signed five of their six picks, leaving only Competitive Balance Round B pick, pitcher Clayton Beeter out of Texas Tech left to sign. After Vogel, the Dodgers are $102,400 over their total recommended slot values, which would work out to 1.7 percent over the full bonus pool. That leaves them up to $1,197,319 to sign Beeter without going five percent over, which would incur a future draft pick penalty. Beeter’s slot value at No. 66 overall is $1,003,300.
The deadline for signing drafted players is August 1.
The 5’11, 165-pound Vogel’s calling card is his speed, rated between 70 and 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale by various national outlets, and his defense. Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino called Vogel a “dynamic athlete” and said the organization’s development staff praised his hitting tools.
“He’s got power,” Gasparino said on draft night. “He’s a physically gifted kid who missed some of last summer with a back injury, but came out this fall and early spring and performed really well and really shot up our board.”
Vogel hit .350 with 46 extra-base hits and 31 steals in 74 varsity games with Huntington Beach, per Andrew Turner of the Los Angeles Times. That included hitting for the cycle in his last game of 2020, and almost hitting another, his head coach Benji Medure told Turner:
“We played Corona del Mar the Friday before that,” Medure said. “He was three for four, and he missed the cycle by a double, so he was seven for his last eight, and he almost hit for two cycles, was his final sendoff in high school. That’s pretty cool. That is about as good as you can end your career right there.
Vogel is the first Huntington Beach High School player drafted by the Dodgers.