Dodgers Draft: Best compensatory picks in franchise history

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3) Dodgers best compensatory picks: Michael Busch (2019, 31st)

The fact that second base prospect Michael Busch, who was drafted just last season, is the third name on this list tells you the Dodgers haven’t had a ton of luck finding gems with compensatory picks. Los Angeles selected Busch with the 31st overall pick gained from failing to sign 2018 first round pick J.T. Ginn.

He is currently ranked as the tenth best prospect in the Dodgers system by FanGraphs. The 22-year-old had many teams thinking he possessed the best pure swing of the 2019 draft, according to Baseball America. The question is where he fits on the defensive side of the field. He played both first base and left field in North Carolina, but the Dodgers had him trying out second base before an injury derailed his 2019 minor league season.

According to the prospect grading scale on FanGraphs, he brings tons of raw power (60/60) and plus speed (50/45), but his fielding (30/40) needs work. But If he can find a regular position and develop his game there, he could be a productive bat in the Dodgers lineup down the road.