Who are the best first round picks in Los Angeles Dodgers history?
We finally have a real baseball event happening this week with the MLB Draft set for June 10-11. The Los Angeles Dodgers will make six selections in the truncated draft that will only include five rounds this year due to the novel coronavirus and owners wanting to save money. The highest pick made by president Andrew Friedman and company will come in the first round with the 29th overall selection.
After looking at the best compensatory picks in franchise history yesterday, I thought it would be fun to do a different kind of mock draft today. No, this one won’t include a laundry list of amateur players whom you probably haven’t heard of before. It is an all-time mock draft of players chosen by the Dodgers in the first round.
If every first round pick in Dodgers history was available in the draft pool, and you had the benefit of knowing how their careers turned out, who would you select first overall? Who would go second?
In a way, this is ranking the best players selected in the first round, but with a twist. I will only consider players who have made an impact on the Dodgers roster.
This means someone like Paul Konerko, who was selected 13th overall by Los Angeles in 1994, falls out of the mock pool as he earned his major league credentials playing for the Chicago White Sox.
Without further ado, let’s start the mock. For 2020 purposes, we will make five selections based on the five rounds in this year’s draft.