The Dodgers concluded Day one of the 2017 MLB Draft on Monday. Tuesday morning the Dodgers will kick off rounds three through ten in a four-hour long draft presentation beginning at 9:30 am Pacific Time.
Keep it here to stay updated on who the Dodgers draft and a brief analysis on the players drafted. The Dodgers first of their eight picks today will be at pick number 100. The following pick numbers will be 30 picks later (i.e., 130, 160, 190, 220, 250, etc.)
Although there will be 300 picks today the draft should move along swiftly with only one-minute intervals between picks. You can follow the full draft live on MLB.com or follow along here for updates on the Dodgers picks.
3rd Round – (no. 100) – Connor Wong, Catcher, University of Houston
Connor Wong is a decent contact hitter with a good feel for the strike zone. He has experience playing in the infield and still needs to work on polishing his defensive game as a catcher, especially his throwing. He has above average speed, a rare tool for young catchers and could provide some pop from the right side of the plate. Wong was ranked as the fifth best catcher according to Baseball America and was ranked 77th in their top 500. Wong hit .287 with 12 home runs and 26 stolen bases in his junior year with the Houston Cougars. He had a career .280 collegiate average with 23 home runs and 38 stolen bases in three years of playing in the American Athletic Conference.
4th Round – (no. 130) – James Marinan, RHP, Park Vista Community HS.
It took the Dodgers four rounds to finally select a player out of High School, and they went with yet another right-handed pitcher. James Marinan is a 6-foot-4, 220 pounds righty with increasing velocity on his fastball. Marinan saw his velocity increase from 87-90 mph in the fall of this year to a respectable 92-95 mph. Marinan has a good feel for his secondary pitches with a slider and changeup that is effective in getting hitters from both sides of the plate out. Marinan is known for his command of his pitches and should be able to throw strikes consistently at this level. James Marinan ranks 58 of the Top 500 collegiate prospects according to Baseball America. He was 13-3 with a 1.22 ERA during his two years pitching for Park Vista during Spring according to PalmBeachHighSchoolBaseball.com. Marinan had previously committed to the University of Miami.
5th Round – (no. 160) – Riley Ottesen, RHP, Utah
Riley Ottesen is a hard throwing right-hander that can touch between 95-98 mph early in starts. Ottesen is just 22 years-old and flashes a bit of high potential but also serious uncertainty. Otteson is listed as the 204th best prospect in the Baseball America top 500 rankings and looks to improve on his movement of pitches. Although his fastball has some life to it, hitters tend to describe the pitch as “straight” and leads to hard hits when left down in the zone. Despite his high velocity on the pitch, he doesn’t get as much swing and misses as you would like. Last season in his sophomore year with Utah he made 15 starts and went 5-4 with a 4.93 ERA in just under 100 innings only accumulating 72 strikeouts.
6th Round – (no. 190) – Wills Montgomerie, RHP, UCONN
Wills Montgomerie is a 6-foot-3 2015 pounds junior out of UCONN. Montgomerie had a 3.60 ERA with a 15-8 record during 42 appearances (35 starts) with the Huskies. He has a live fastball and this past season had 1 1/3 strikeouts per inning with an opposing batting average of .254. Baseball America had Montgomerie ranked as their 249th prospect of their top 500 and was said to feature a good fastball to put away hitters. His fastball effortlessly touches 94 mph but where he struggles is with his command, especially with his breaking pitches.
7th Round – (no. 220) – Zachery Pop, RHP, University of Kentucky
Zach Pop, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, routinely sits in the upper 90’s and has reached 99 miles per hour. He pitched in a late-inning role for the Kentucky Wildcats and also has a good amount of sink on his fastball. He throws his fastball a majority of the time and also has a good slider that is his out pitch. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 23rd round of the 2014 draft but chose to go on to Kentucky. After making some starts in his first two seasons at Kentucky, he was used solely as a reliever this year. His numbers are not eye-popping as he had a 3.48 ERA and eight hits per nine innings but his fastball is a good one. If he can develop his off-speed pitches, then he should be able to fill a setup role in the major leagues. Pop was ranked 178th overall according to Baseball America‘s top 500 rankings. – Michael Wittman
8th Round – (no. 250) – Rylan Bannon, Third base, Xavier University
Rylan Bannon is a 5-foot-10 a slender 180 pounds third baseman that came into the draft ranked as the 29th best third baseman according to Baseball America and 480 on their top 500. After hitting only eight total home runs in his first two seasons with Xavier, Bannon hit 15 long balls this season for Xavier. Bannon was named Big East Player of the year for his performance during the 2017 season. He is known for being a good fielder and also has some speed, swiping 17 stolen bases this season. His swing features a Justin Turner-esque leg kick that most Dodger fans should be familiar with. – Michael Wittman
9th Round – (no. 280) – Connor Strain, RHP, University of Evansville
Connor Strain is a 6-foot-1;185 pound fifth-year senior out of the University of Evansville. Despite his fifth year playing in the Missouri Valley Conference, Strain is still only 23-years old. He’s coming off of subpar year following his 2016 season. During the 2017 season, Strain had a 2-5 record with a 2.62 ERA in 14 starts. Strain averaged just below a strikeout per inning but more impressively has only allowed one home run the past two seasons. Durin his 2016 campaign, Strain had a 3-1 record with a 0.68 ERA in five starts throughout the year.
10th Round – (no. 310) – Zach Reks, OF, University of Kentucky
Zach Reks is a 6-foot-2 190-pound outfield senior out of Illinois. He hit .352 with three home runs and 16 doubles in his senior year during the 2017 season with the Wildcats. Perhaps what’s more encouraging than Reks power numbers was his ability to draw more walks than strikeouts and also his ability to steal bases. Reks had 15 stolen bases and had 43 walks compared to 26 strikeouts. Reks was not listed on Baseball America’s top 500 prospects, yet becomes the fourth position player the Dodgers have drafted.
This concludes the second day of the 2017 MLB draft. Tomorrow will be the final day of the draft where over 900 prospective MLB player’s names will be called as we cover rounds 11-40. Check back with us later this week as we recap some of the bigger names Andrew Friedman and company were able to bring in.