Draft day: A review of the last few Dodgers first round picks
The Dodgers only made one pick in the 2017 first round and used it on Vandy product Jeren Kendall. They also had one selection the next year and picked JT Ginn.
Kendall is a speed-first outfielder with gap power and the potential to steal 25 plus bases a year if he’s healthy. With the speed, there is some power slotting in the 10-15 homer range.
Kendall’s biggest issue over the last few years has not been speed or power for that matter, it’s been the ability to get on base. Since the draft, Kendall has hit a career .223 with a .310 on-base percentage.
The lackluster numbers could prove to be a roadblock in his development. However, still in High-A, there is nothing to totally freak out about yet.
As things stand and should they continue, Kendall looks a lot like another Billy Hamilton: strong defense, incredible speed and the inability to get on.
The Dodgers signed and lost 2018 draft pick JT Ginn. He chose to sign with Mississippi State.