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Los Angeles Dodgers 2016 Draft Picks Top 5 Update

Here's a look at how the Dodgers' top 5 picks in the 2016 MLB June Draft are doing.

Here’s a look at the Dodgers’ top 5 draft picks so far in professional ball.



Round

Pick

Pos

Player

Stats

Comment

B/T

1

20

SS

Gavin Lux

At AZL Rookie League:

PA 169

.293/.379/.401 124 wRC+

11% BB 21% K

The Dodgers’ top pick is off to a good start in pro ball.  His walks and strikeouts are well within normal levels, and considering that Baseball America’s biggest question about him was his bat, this is a very auspicious debut.

L/R

Sup.

32

C

Will Smith

Ogden:

32 PA

1 HR  .321/.394/.429  GO/AO: 1.10

Great Lakes:

92 PA

1 HR .259/.375/.309

Rancho:

59 PA

2 HR .226/.323/.358

GO/AO: 1.10



Smith’s rise through the lower half of hte Dodger system has been impressive, as the June First Rounder has made it from Ogden to Great Lakes to Rancho where he is currently encountering his first real push-back on the professional level. That being said, a three-level jump is nothing to sneeze at, and as a catcher, it’s going to be as much or more about how he develops behind the plate. The best bet is he starts 2017 in Rancho, with a clear shot at a promotion to AA ball inside of his first year of professional baseball. This from a franchise that just a few years ago was a barren wasteland at the catching position.

R/R

Funk.

36

RHP

Jordan Sheffield

AZL Rookie League:

1 GS 1 IP

Great Lakes:

4 G 4 GS 6.1 IP

7 H 5.68 ERA 5.21 FIP

7 K 4 BB 1.74 WHIP

0.57 GO/AO  .353 BABIP

The 36th overall pick has made it out of rookie ball to Great Lakes, where he’s now started a quartet of games. There’s really nothing to glean from his numbers given he’s only thrown 7.1 innings.  He’s sandwiched two scoreless appearances with two performances in which he was touched for a couple runs. Great Lakes should be his 2017 jumping off point.

R/R

2

65

RHP

Mitchell White

Great Lakes

6 G 4 GS 12 IP

3 H 0.00 ERA

15 K 5 BB 0.67 WHIP

2.29 GO/AO

After two starts in Arizona, White has been quite the Loon, and his most recent appearance was out of the bullpen, a first for him at Great Lakes.  As with Sheffield, you can’t judge too much from 12 innings, but there’s certainly nothing to complain about. The peripherals are strong, he keeps the ball on the ground and he throws strikes. He’s outperformed Sheffield so far, and one has to wonder if a strong close may get him to Rancho to start 2017.

R/R

3

101

RHP

Dustin May

AZL Rookie League:

8 G 4 GS 24.1 IP

29 H 2.96 ERA 2.90 FIP

26 K 4 BB 1.36 WHIP

2.0 GO/AO

May doesn’t seem to have much left to prove in Arizona. Ogden’s got 20 games left, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility May gets the bump up, but regardless he seems slotted for the Raptors to start 2017. He keeps up those peripherals, he won’t be long for Ogden in 2017, either.

R/R


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