The Los Angeles Dodgers have inked their first round pick from the 2020 MLB Draft.
It appears we will know within the next 48 hours whether there will be a 2020 season or not, but in the meantime, the Los Angeles Dodgers are taking care of business in signing 2020 MLB Draft first round pick Bobby Miller on Friday.
The right-handed pitcher from the University of Louisville was selected 29th overall by the Dodgers. He posted a picture of himself signing the paperwork on Twitter. He reportedly signed for $2.2 million, which is just below his slot value of $2.4 million based on where he was selected in the draft.
Bobby Miller used this past spring to impress Dodgers scouts.
Dodgers scout Marty Lamb did his homework on Miller throughout his college career. While he had an impressive build and fastball, there were concerns whether Miller could add an effective secondary pitch and resolve command issues. Lamb noted on a recent interview that everything changed this past spring when Miller looked like a completely different pitcher for the Cardinals.
He pitched to a 2-0 record in his four starts during the truncated season, striking out 34 batters in 23.1 innings of work.
Miller joins fifth-round pick Gavin Stone as two of the six players drafted by Los Angeles who have already signed with the team. Stone was also signed at a discounted price ($100,000), well below his slot value of $327,200.
The Dodgers will use their savings from signing Miller and Stone to help secure their remaining picks. The team selected two other college pitchers in right-hander Landon Knack from East Tennessee State and right-hander Clayton Beeter from Texas Tech. Local product Jake Vogel (OF) and Virginia Tech’s Carson Taylor (C) round out their 2020 picks.
Limited to offering only $20,000 in bonus money to undrafted players, the Dodgers have only made one additional signing from the amateur ranks in securing pitcher Robbie Peto from Stetson University.