The final tally on a ‘very satisfying’ 2016 MLB Draft for the Dodgers
By Cary Osborne
The Dodgers completed the 40-round 2016 MLB Draft on Saturday with rounds 11 through 40.
Notables on Day 3 were 11th-rounder and Pennsylvania high school right-hander A.J. Alexy (rated as the No. 327 draft-eligible prospect by Baseball America) and 12th-rounder and Alabama high school right-hander Graham Ashcraft (rated No. 175 by Baseball America).
Ashcraft reportedly was throwing in the mid-90s last summer and is committed to Mississippi State. Alexy is committed to Radford University in Virginia.
“We felt like our talent in rounds 11 through 20 was really good,” said Dodgers director of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino. “(Alexy’s and Ashcraft’s) talent level obviously fit much higher than the 11th and 12th round. Any time you feel like you get that kind of talent level at that round you’re excited. These are two guys who have bright futures and upside. Knock on wood if we can get them signed. They’d be great adds to the organization.”
Also selected was 6-foot-8-inch right-hander Bailey Ober out of College of Charleston. The 23rd-rounder, like 36th-overall pick Jordan Sheffield and second-rounder Mitchell White, has had a Tommy John surgery.
The Dodgers also took White’s batterymate from Santa Clara University junior catcher Stevie Berman.
The Dodgers had five of the first 101 picks in the draft — making this a big-opportunity draft for the Dodgers. Gasparino thinks the Dodgers did well.
“Two up the middle position players at premium positions — they’re just very hard to find. And that’s the bottom line,” he said. “These type of guys just aren’t there deeper in the draft. To start with (20th overall pick and shortstop Gavin) Lux and (32nd overall pick and catcher Will) Smith, it’s super exciting. And then to get three power right-hand pitchers — Sheffield, White and (third-rounder Dustin) May — all three have electric arms and good stuff and chances to be impact starting pitchers.”
Gasparino said the level of satisfaction with this draft is very high.
“I’m very excited — not only about the first-round picks but even down deeper in the draft. Second round through 40, I’m just excited about the job our guys have done and excited about the players we’ve acquired. We were fortunate this year to have these extra picks, and I think we made good use of it”
In total, the Dodgers selected 21 right-handed pitchers, two left-handed pitchers, 34 college players and eight high-schoolers. Here’s the entire list.