Dodgers Draft: Best compensatory picks in franchise history

Steve Howe, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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Who are the best players selected with compensatory draft picks by the Los Angeles Dodgers?


The Los Angeles Dodgers have six picks in the truncated 2020 MLB amateur draft, including a supplemental pick from the trade that sent Kenta Maeda to Minnesota for pitcher Brusdar Graterol. The “Competitive Balance Round B” pick is slotted 66th overall.

As we approach the draft on June 10-11, I thought it would be interesting to review the best players selected by the Dodgers using a Competitive Balance or compensatory draft pick.

As part of recent Collective Bargaining Agreements, inserted between the early rounds of the MLB draft, there are two Competitive Balance Rounds which are comprised of picks awarded to teams based on their market size and revenue, as explained by MLB.com:

"The 10 lowest-revenue clubs and the clubs from the 10 smallest markets are eligible to receive a Competitive Balance pick (fewer than 20 clubs are in the mix each year, as some clubs qualify under both criteria). All eligible teams are assigned a pick, either in Competitive Balance Round A or Round B. Round A falls between the first and second rounds of the Rule 4 draft, while Round B comes between the second and third."

Unlike compensatory picks awarded to teams for losing a free agent or failing to sign a first round draft pick, Competitive Balance picks can be traded, which is how the Dodgers acquired their 66th overall pick in the 2020 draft from Minnesota.

Obviously, since the Dodgers are a big market team, the only way they would select someone in the Competitive Balance Round is via trade.

Before we get into the rankings of the best compensatory picks, let’s review a few honorable mentions, which for this article are simply the recent Competitive Balance round picks that didn’t make the Top-3 cut.

Competitive Balance

2019 (78.b) Dodgers – Jimmy Lewis (Compensation for Yasmani Grandal, who signed with the Brewers. Milwaukee forfeited its third-round pick.)

2016 (36.a) Dodgers – Jordan Sheffield (for failing to sign Kyle Funkhouser)

2015 (74.b) Dodgers – Josh Sborz (originally Orioles)

Without further ado, let’s get into the list.

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