Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
The Los Angeles Dodgers made 22 selections in the 2023 MLB Draft, including 14 pitchers (10 right-handers, four left-handers) and eight position players (three outfielders, three shortstops, one third baseman, one first baseman).
Of the Dodgers’ 22 picks, 16 were taken out of college and six are high schoolers. Four of the team’s first eight selections are high school prospects, including No. 36 overall pick Kendall George out of Atascocita High School (Texas).
The Dodgers went hitter-heavy during the first two days of the 2023 MLB Draft, with seven of their 12 selections being position players. That changed on Day 3 as L.A. took nine pitchers with their final 10 picks.
The Dodgers have a bonus pool of $7,274,600 that ranks 24th overall. The total consists of the recommended slot values for every pick through the first 10 rounds.
For picks after the 10th round and the potential addition of undrafted free agents, any signing bonus amount above $150,000 will count against the bonus pool.
2023 Dodgers draft picks
Competitive balance round A, Pick 36: Kendall George
George is considered an elite athlete with tremendous speed and had been committed to attend the University of Arkansas. However, he reportedly signed with the Dodgers for $1.85 million, which was under the slot value of $2,362,700.
Round 2, Pick 60: Jake Gelof
The Dodgers selected third baseman Jake Gelof from the University of Virginia with their second-round pick in the 2023 MLB Draft. He was ranked the No. 35 prospect by MLB Pipeline for this year’s class after breaking the Cavaliers’ home run record.
Round 3, Pick 95: Brady Smith
The Dodgers took Brady Smith from Grainger High School (Tennessee) with their third-round pick. He has strong spin rates on his curveball and slider, in addition to a fastball that can reach 95 mph.
Round 4, Pick 147: Wyatt Crowell
The Dodgers selected Wyatt Crowell out of Florida State University with their fourth-round pick. He appeared in 13 games as a freshman in 2021, and emerged as one of the Seminoles’ best relief pitchers last year.
The left-hander made one start and four relief appearances this year before undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Free agent compensation round, Pick 136: Dylan Campbell
With the 136th overall pick, the Dodgers drafted outfielder Dylan Campbell out of University of Texas. He hit .339/.436/.603 with 19 doubles, three triples and 13 home runs in 64 games during his junior year.
Free agent compensation round, Pick 137: Eriq Swan
The Dodgers selected pitcher Eriq Swan out of Middle Tennessee State with the 137th pick. He primarily played shortstop during high school, but has seen a velocity increase of nearly 10 mph since becoming a full-time pitcher at Middle Tennessee State.
Swan reportedly signed with the Dodgers for $466,500, which was just under the slot value of $469,000.
Round 5, Pick 163: Joe Vetrano
The Dodgers took first baseman Joe Vetrano from Boston College with their fifth-round pick. He was primarily a relief pitcher for the Eagles during his freshman year in 2021, but began to develop more in the batter’s box and transitioned to a position player.
As a sophomore in 2022, Vetrano hit 22 home runs and had the second-most RBI in a single season with 64. He did the bulk of that damage from the cleanup spot of the Eagles’ lineup.
Round 6, Pick 190: Bryan González
The Dodgers drafted shortstop Bryan González with their sixth-round pick. The 17-year-old hit .402 with 10 doubles, three triples and three home runs during his final year with the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico.
González reportedly signed with the Dodgers for $400,000, which was over the slot value of $290,100.
Round 7, Pick 220: Patrick Copen
The Dodgers selected right-handed pitcher Patrick Copen out of Marshall University with their seventh-round pick. He posted a 2-9 record with a 5.82 ERA with 83 strikeouts and 54 walks while producing a 10.3 strikeouts per nine in his last season.
Round 8, Pick 250: Jaren Elkins
The Dodgers took outfielder Jaren Elkins from Goodpasture Christian School (Tennessee) with their eighth-round pick. He hit .452 with 16 home runs and 43 RBI during his senior season and is committed to attend Wright State University.
Round 9, Pick 280: Ryan Brown
The Dodgers drafted right-handed pitcher Ryan Brown out of Ball State University with their ninth-round pick. He appeared in 12 games this season (two starts), posting a 4.76 ERA while striking out 56 and limiting opponents to a.184 batting average.
Round 10, Pick 310: Sam Mongelli
The Dodgers selected shortstop Sam Mongelli out of Sacred Heart University in the 10th round. He batted .403/.495/.743/1.237 with 16 doubles, three triples, 20 home runs and 54 RBI this season.
Round 11, Pick 340: Carson Hobbs
The Dodgers took right-handed pitcher Carson Hobbs from Samford University in the 11th round. He went 1-1 with two saves, a 1.59 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 11.1 innings this year.
Round 12, Pick 370: Noah Ruen
The Dodgers drafted right-handed pitcher Noah Ruen out of Tyler Junior College in the 12th round. He was named National Junior College Division 1 Pitcher of the Year after going 5-1 with a 0.82 ERA in 43.2 innings and posting a 13.19 K/9 while limiting opponents to a .111 batting average.
Round 13, Pick 400: Alex Makarewich
The Dodgers selected right-handed pitcher Alex Makarewich from Northwestern State University in the 13th round. He was named to the 2023 All-Southland Conference Second-Team after going 5-5 with a 5.10 ERA in 72.1 innings and striking out 89 while limiting opponents to a .208 batting average.
Round 14, Pick 430: Jaxon Jelkin
The Dodgers took right-handed pitcher Jaxon Jelkin out of South Mountain Community College in the 14th round. He went 7-2 with a 3.81 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 75.2 innings pitched across 14 starts this year.
Jelkin was considered a tough sign for the Dodgers due to his commitment to the University of Houston, and the 20-year-old confirmed on Twitter that he will continue his college career next season.
Round 15, Pick 460: Jordan Thompson
The Dodgers drafted shortstop Jordan Thompson from Louisiana State University in the 15th round. He hit .246 (63-for-256) with 12 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs and 53 RBI this season.
Round 16, Pick 490: Javen Coleman
The Dodgers selected left-handed pitcher Javen Coleman out of LSU in the 16th round. He returned from Tommy John Surgery in 2023 and went 1-2 with a 7.07 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 14 innings.
Round 17, Pick 520: Luke Fox
The Dodgers took left-handed pitcher Luke Fox out of Duke University in the 17th round. He did not pitch this year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but went 4-5 with a 6.54 ERA and 11.4 strikeouts per nine in 15 games during the 2022 season (eight starts).
Round 18, Pick 550: Sterling Patrick
The Dodgers drafted left-handed pitcher Sterling Patrick from South Hills High School (Texas) in the 18th round. He went 10-1 with a 0.37 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 76.2 innings while holding opponents to a .158 batting average this year.
Round 19, Pick 580: Spencer Green
The Dodgers selected right-handed pitcher Spencer Green out of Richland High School (Washington) in the 19th round. He is committed to attending Oregon State University and may be a tough sign.
Round 20, Pick 621: DJ Uiagalelei
With their final pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, the Dodgers took Oregon State quarterback DJ Uiagalelei. The two-sport athlete last played baseball at St. John Bosco High School (California), where he posted a 4.50 ERA with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched across three games.
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