2020 MLB Draft: Dodgers sign fourth-round pick Carson Taylor

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed another 2020 MLB Draft pick.

As Major League Baseball confronts a pandemic that is making another spike around several cities in the country, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to conduct business off the field in securing their fourth-round pick Carson Taylor to a new contract, according to Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline.

Following the trend set in signing their first- and fifth-round picks, the Dodgers were able to sign Taylor below his pick’s slot value ($434,300). He signed for $400,000.

A catcher from Virginia Tech, Taylor was the 130th overall selection in the 2020 MLB Draft. He was off to a torrid start in his sophomore campaign before the season was shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Playing in 16 games, he batted .431/.541/.690 with two home runs.

The Dodgers continue to sign draft picks below their slot value.

The Dodgers signed their first round pick Bobby Miller for $2.2 million ($2.4 million slot value) and their fifth-round pick Gavin Stone for $100,000 ($327,200 slog value) last week. They were also able to recruit undrafted free agent Robbie Peto from Stetson University, despite their limited $20,000 resources based on MLB’s special draft bonus arrangements for this season.

Taylor was a third team Collegiate Baseball All-American this past season. He was also included on the 2020 Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Watch List. Standing 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, the switch-hitting backstop could prove to be an excellent value addition for Los Angeles.

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With Taylor, Miller, and Stone signed, that leaves three players from the draft who still need to agree to professional contracts. The Dodgers have a total bonus amount of $5.9 million to spend this season. They have approximately $3.2 million remaining to secure right-hander Landon Knack, right-hander Clayton Beeter, and local outfielder Jake Vogel. The team is also looking to sign additional undrafted players.