The Dodgers have now apparently signed all six draft picks. Texas Tech pitcher Clayton Beeter, their Competitive Balance Round B pick, selected 66th overall, posted a picture of him signing his contract on Instagram on Sunday night.
“Officially signed! ✔️ I’m so thankful for everyone who’s helped me along the journey,” Beeter posted.
The Dodgers announced the signing later Monday, and added him to their club player pool.
Supplemental 2nd-rder Clayton Beeter signs with @Dodgers for $1,196,500 (slot 66 value = $1,003,300). Texas Tech RHP, not much track record but great stuff, 93-98 mph fastball, wipeout curveball & slider, TJ surgery in December 2017. @MLBDraft #WearAMask— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 6, 2020
Beeter’s bonus puts the Dodgers at $6,224,000 in total bonuses, which is 4.99 percent above their total bonus pool, avoiding the future draft pick loss that would come with going five percent over.
The Dodgers acquired this draft pick in February from the Twins, part of the trade that brought Brusdar Graterol to Los Angeles and sent Kenta Maeda to Minnesota.
Beeter both started and relieved at Texas Tech, and the Dodgers say they will develop him as a starter, though thinking he could be dominant as a reliever, as a fallback option.
“We’re going to develop him as a starter. That’s the current plan,” Dodgers VP of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino said. “He did it for four starts at Texas Tech, and he performed really well. He took to it real well, from all of our intel and research.”
In those four starts in his redshirt sophomore season with the Red Raiders, Beeter was 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA, with 33 strikeouts in 21 innings, including 12 strikeouts in on March 6 in his final start against Rice.
Beeter was rated the 18th-best prospect in the draft by Keith Law at The Athletic, slotted 19th by Eric Longenhagen at FanGraphs, and ranked 22nd by Kiley McDaniel at ESPN.
Beeter is the fourth Texas Tech pitcher drafted by the Dodgers, along with Duke von Schamann (15th round, 2012), Danny Coloumbe (25th round, 2012), and Chandler Eden (25th round, 2016).