The Los Angeles Dodgers appeared to make out pretty well in the 2020 MLB Draft.
The Los Angeles Dodgers used their first three picks in the 2020 MLB Draft to select college pitchers. And according to Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs, all three – selected 29th, 60th, and 66th, respectively – were considered as options for their first round pick (29th).
Every major league team has a draft board that ranks the scouting department’s preferred prospects heading into the draft. It’s pretty simple. You’ve probably done the same if you’ve ever played fantasy baseball. You do the research, you come up with a list of players, and then you start crossing names off the list as other teams make their selections.
If the report by FanGraphs is true, president Andrew Friedman must have been thrilled as each pick following his 29th selection danced around the two pitchers he had hoped to take as early as the first round.
The Los Angeles Dodgers came out of the 2020 MLB Draft’s early rounds with three college pitchers.
Longenhagen adds in his report that he was surprised Texas Tech right-hander Clayton Beeter “fell as far as he did given how elite his stuff is.” The Dodgers grabbed Beeter with their Competitive Balance Round B pick (66th overall) that they acquired from Minnesota in the Kenta Maeda trade.
The redshirt sophomore might have caused some teams caution because of the shortened 2020 season. While Beeter looked great on the mound, the small sample size didn’t give scouts a lot to decide if he is fully improved on his 2019 self that struggled with command as a reliever.
The Dodgers used their 29th overall pick to select Bobby Miller from the University of Louisville. The right-hander has an electric fastball that comes bearing down at hitters from his 6-foot-5 frame.
Besides Miller and Beeter, the Dodgers also selected right-hander Landon Knack from Eastern Tennessee State within the first three rounds. They were able to find Knack with the 60th overall pick. He went 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA in his shortened 2020 campaign.
As the Dodgers focus on trying to sign undrafted players with a limited $20,000 bonus offering, it sounds like they made out pretty well with their first three picks.