Los Angeles Dodgers

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 18 Corey Seager 3B Northwest Cabarrus HS, Concord, N.C. N.C. $2,350,000
The younger brother of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, Corey has been on scouts' radar for a couple of years, but he started moving up draft boards this spring. He has a big, physical frame at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds with plenty of strength. He plays shortstop now and is a good defender, but scouts see him shifting to third base as a pro, where he could provide above-average defense. A lefthanded hitter, he has a simple swing and can go the other way with power. The game comes easy to him and scouts find it easy to see his upside, considering his brother was a third-round pick out of North Carolina and made the big leagues after just 279 minor league at-bats. The younger Seager has a strong commitment to South Carolina, but is likely to be picked in the first round.
1s 51 Jesmuel Valentin 2B Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $984,700
The son of Jose Valentin, who spent 16 years in the big leagues, Jesmuel has grown up around the game and spent plenty of time around major league clubhouses. Jesmuel has a similar build to his father at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds. He's primarily a shortstop, but plays a lot of second base in deference to his high school teammate at Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Carlos Correa. He'll likely get a shot to play shortstop in pro ball and has the defensive versatility to play all over the diamond, but many scouts believe he's best suited for the keystone. Valentin is a steady defender with a strong arm and is a solid-average runner with good instincts on the bases. His tools play up because of his hard-nosed approach and instincts for the game. At the plate, he has a line-drive approach, and his strong forearms allow him to spray the ball from gap to gap with authority. Valentin projects more as a doubles hitter than a slugger, but he does have the strength and bat speed to hit the ball out of the park. A natural righthanded hitter, he has been switch-hitting for about a year and half and is still working to feel comfortable as a lefty.
2 82 Paco Rodriguez LHP Florida Fla. $610,800
Frequently referred to by his nickname Paco, Rodriguez has evolved from a left-on-left specialist as a freshman for the Gators into a flexible weapon out of the team's bullpen. He has a funky delivery, most notable when he comes set in the stretch: He nearly stops once, then comes set a second times. Scouts who block out the calls of "Balk!" from opposing fans see Rodriguez execute his pitches well, starting with a hard, upper-80s cut fastball that gets in on righthanded hitters. He has enough fastball to keep hitters honest, throwing 91-92 mph and pounding the strike zone. He adds a sweepy but effective slider that at times has depth. Always efficient, Rodriguez has been much better in 2012, putting hitters away more consistently. His 12.23 strikeouts per nine innings ranked fourth in the nation, and he had a 6-1 K-BB ratio in a career-high 53 innings. Deception is built in to Rodriguez's approach, with an arm action that helps him hide the ball in the back before it comes out of a three-quarters slot. He's a safe pick who at least should be a lefty specialist but has shown the durability and dominance to be more than that.
3 113 Onelki Garcia LHP Los Angeles (no school) Calif. $382,000
Garcia left Cuba in January 2011 and expected to be declared a free agent like most other defectors. Instead, Major League Baseball put him into last year's draft, then withdrew him two days later and reviewed his case. In January 2012, Garcia once again was declared draft-eligible. In the meantime, he tried to stay in shape, often working out at Pierce JC in Los Angeles, near where Gus Dominguez, the former agent who represents him, lives. Garcia pitched in the Puerto Rican League last winter as well with some success, and in Puerto Rico and in the spring adult league he plays in, he has shown two plus pitches. Garcia's fastball sits at 90-93 mph, and his curveball, while somewhat inconsistent, is a true power pitch at its best. Garcia hasn't shown much of a changeup. Garcia has a physical 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame that needs no projection. At 22, he could move through a minor league system quickly as long as he comes out of the gate throwing strikes.
4 146 Justin Chigbogu 1B Raytown (Mo.) South HS Mo. $250,000
Before this spring, Chigbogu was known mostly as an all-state defensive end. But scouts who went to see Raytown South outfielder Bralin Jackson came away marveling about Chigbogu's massive power potential. He probably would need two years in Rookie ball at this point, but he's a 6-foot-2, 230-pound athlete who crushes balls from the left side of the plate. While he's raw, he doesn't strike out excessively. He runs well for his size and perhaps could play left field, though he has a below-average arm. A Heartland (Ill.) CC recruit, he could be signable after the 10th round.
5 176 Ross Stripling RHP Texas A&M Texas $130,000
Stripling was mostly a football and basketball player in high school in Texas before breaking his left leg as a senior. Bored during his rehab, he began fooling around on the mound with a cast on his leg, then went 14-0 in his first season as a pitcher, earning an academic scholarship and walking on at Texas A&M. He tied for the NCAA Division I lead with 14 wins and helped the Aggies reach the College World Series in 2011, then returned for his senior season after failing to sign with the Rockies as a ninth-rounder. On the day (May 12) he was scheduled to graduate with a degree in finance, he threw a no-hitter against San Diego State. The scouting report remains the same on Stripling. He's an athletic 6-foot-3, 190-pounder who works at 88-91 mph with his fastball and gets outs with his 12-to-6 curveball. He uses an over-the-top delivery, which he repeats well, and has a decent changeup. He has the stuff and command to make it as a starter, and he's intriguing as a reliever because he hit 94 mph and featured a sharper curve when he came out of the bullpen in past seasons.
6 206 Joey Curletta 1B/RHP Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix Ariz. $171,600
Curletta is a physical monster at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. He shows light-tower power from the right side of the plate, but scouts wonder how much he'll actually hit because his swing can be a little stiff and he struggles at times with pitch recognition. He's a 20 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale and will be limited defensively to first base. He has a small scholarship to Arizona and the Wildcats recruited him as a hitter. Curletta wants to hit, but he's also shown some intriguing arm strength (92-94 mph) and could wind up on the mound.
7 236 Theo Alexander OF Lake Washington HS, Kirkland, Wash. Wash. $144,600
Alexander has a lively build at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds and a smooth, whippy lefthanded swing. Alexander's future will come down to his bat, because his secondary skills are average at best. He's an average runner with a below-average arm. If a team buys into the swing and wants to project on the bat, Alexander could be a single-digit pick. Other scouts view him as more of a tweener, but Alexander is considered signable away from his commitment to UC Santa Barbara.
8 266 Scott Griggs RHP UCLA Calif. $135,100
Griggs ranked as the No. 135 prospect in the BA Top 200 coming out of high school in 2009, based on his raw arm strength and upside. He struggled with his mechanics and control in his first two seasons at UCLA and pitched sparingly, issuing 29 walks in 26 innings. He made progress repeating his delivery and this year emerged as the Bruins' closer, going 1-1, 2.08 with a school-record 13 saves. His 52 strikeouts in 30 innings are an indication of his electric stuff is, but his 29 walks are illustrative of control that scouts still grade as well below-average. Griggs sits in the 91-93 mph range and tops out at 94-95, but an inconsistent delivery can make it difficult for him to command his fastball. He actually commands his curveball better, and it is a true power pitch in the 79-82 range with depth and bite. He dabbles with a changeup but rarely uses it in games. Griggs has made major strides with the mental side of the game as well, though he still needs to convince scouts he has the toughness to throw strikes consistently in big spots. Griggs comes with risk, and many scouts are convinced he'll never have enough command to be a big league closer, but his stuff will likely get him drafted in the top three to five rounds.
9 296 Zach Bird RHP Murrah HS, Jackson, Miss. Miss. $140,000
Bird's father Eugene lettered at Southern Miss, and the raw Bird was expected to follow his dad to Hattiesburg. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder has touched 92 mph and has a projectable frame that scouts like. He's inexperienced, which shows in his inconsistent delivery and control as well as little things like fielding. He has his share of athletic ability, throws a curveball around 70 mph that could use more power but has fair shape, and the makings of a changeup.
10 326 Zach Babitt 2B Academy of Art (Calif.) Calif. $2,500
Babitt, a senior, started out at San Diego State after he was a 35th-round draft pick by the White Sox out of high school. He spent one year there before transferring to Sierra (Calif.) JC and then to the Division II Academy of Art in San Francisco. Babitt has a thin, 5-foot-8 frame. He has a good glove at second base and plays with a lot of energy. He has a line-drive lefthanded swing with a table-setter’s mentality. Babbit is a solid-average to plus runner who can create havoc on the basepaths. He has a high baseball IQ, as his father, Shooty, spent seven years in the minors and got to the big leagues with Oakland in 1981 and is now a pro scout with the Mets.
11 356 Jeremy Rathjen OF Rice Texas
Rathjen might have gone in the first five rounds last year had he not torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in mid-March. After redshirting and turning down the Yankees as a 41st-round pick, he has returned to show an all-around tools package similar to what he had before the injury. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound Rathjen does a nice job of making contact for someone with such long arms and a lengthy swing. That's a tribute to his bat speed and hand-eye coordination, which give him average power. Rathjen's speed hasn't come quite all the way back, as its more solid than plus. He has moved from center to right field this season, more to accommodate teammate Michael Fuda's well above-average speed and subpar arm. Rathjen has a chance to play center field in pro ball, and his average arm will work in right field. Scouts praise his makeup and believe he'll be signable around the fifth round because he graduated in May.
12 386 James Campbell RHP Stony Brook N.Y.
13 416 Darnell Sweeney SS Central Florida Fla. $100,000
Sweeney had a chance to go in the first three rounds with a good spring. An athletic 6-foot, 170-pounder, he just didn't hit enough for most scouts to consider him in that range. He's a plus runner with solid defensive tools, including a plus arm, but lacks consistency with his footwork, leading to careless errors. He should be able to play shortstop at least in a utility profile. He's a switch-hitter who hasn't developed enough strength to drive the ball with any regularity.
14 446 Matthew Reckling RHP Rice Texas
Rice produced the first college senior drafted last year in lefthander Tony Cingrani, who went in the third round to the Reds. Reckling should be one of the first seniors to go this year, after turning down the Indians as a 22nd-round pick last summer. Scouts knew he'd be a tough sign because he's a good student and he comes from a wealthy family--Rice's stadium is named after his grandparents. Reckling didn't start pitching until his final year of high school and wasn't effective in college until the Owls eliminated the recoil in his delivery last year. He has won more games this year (eighth through mid-May) than he totaled in his first three seasons (seven) while averaging 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder sits at 88-92 mph with his fastball as a starter, and he has jumped as high as 97 mph as a reliever. His spike curveball shows flashes of being a plus pitch, and most scouts think he profiles best as a two-pitch reliever. Reckling's control and command have improved but don't project to be better than average, and his changeup is a mediocre third offering. Scouts don't believe his low-elbow delivery is conducive to starting in the long term.
15 476 Duke von Schamann RHP Texas Tech Texas $100,000
The son of former NFL kicker Uwe von Schamann, Duke bounced back from Tommy John surgery in 2010 to post a 2.08 ERA this spring, the third-lowest at Texas Tech since the NCAA went to metal bats in 1974. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder lives mainly off his sinker, which has late run, usually sits at 87-90 mph and has reached 93 in the past. A redshirt sophomore, he throws strikes, gets groundouts and competes. His slider and changeup are nothing special, but he uses them effectively to set up his sinker.
16 506 Josh Henderson OF First Baptist Christian HS, Suffolk, Va. Va. $200,000
Henderson gained some attention on the showcase circuit last year as he has a knack for squaring balls up, but the rest of his game leads scouts to think he'll wind up in left field so they're not quite ready to buy him out of anything yet. His power doesn't profile for a corner spot right now and he's an average runner with a below-average arm.
17 536 Kevin Maxey OF Long Beach Poly HS Calif.
18 566 Eric Smith C Stanford Calif.
Smith is relatively new behind the plate. He was a shortstop in high school and spent his first two years with the Cardinal as a backup infielder. As would be expected, he still needs work, but he has taken to the position, showing soft hands, a strong arm and the necessary athleticism to make adjustments. Smith has done a fine job handling a good Stanford staff this year and has been among the team's leaders in batting as well. He's a switch-hitter and scouts like his approach at the plate.
19 596 Owen Jones RHP Portland Ore.
20 626 Jharel Cotton RHP East Carolina N.C.
Cotton is a small righthander that profiles best out of the bullpen. He sits in the high 80s and can touch 90, but he also offers a good changeup that can keep hitters off balance.
21 656 Jacob Scavuzzo OF Villa Park (Calif.) HS Calif.
22 686 Alan Garcia RHP Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Calif.
23 716 Lindsey Caughel RHP Stetson Fla.
24 746 Paul Hoenecke 1B Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wis.
25 776 Danny Coulombe LHP Texas Tech Texas
26 806 Jordan Parr 1B Illinois Ill.
27 836 Justin Gonzalez SS Florida State Fla.
Athletic and rangy, Gonzalez had a chance to go in the first 10 rounds with a big year. He has the tools to play shortstop, with good footwork, infield actions, arm strength and quickness. He adds solid-average raw power, if not a tick above, and he has good projection in his 6-foot-2, 200-pound body. But Gonzalez has all kinds of issues making consistent contact at the plate, with a grooved swing and pitch-recognition problems. He was leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in strikeouts for the second consecutive year.
28 866 Jake Hermsen LHP Northern Illinois Ill.
29 896 John Cannon C Houston Texas
30 926 Trent Giambrone SS King HS, Metairie, La. La.
31 956 David Graybill RHP Brophy Prep, Phoenix Ariz.
32 986 Alfredo Unzue LHP Los Angeles (no school) Calif. $100,000
33 1016 C.J. Saylor C South Hills HS, West Covina, Calif. Calif.
Saylor has been a famous name in Southern California for some time thanks to his defense. He's a polished receiver for a high school catcher, giving him a chance to be a slightly above-average backstop with a plus arm and quick release. Scouts have major reservations about Saylor's short, very stocky frame, which is generously listed at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds. His bat is also a significant area of concern, and few scouts project him as being better than a below-average hitter with occasional pop. Scouts also have been disappointed with his energy level this spring.
34 1046 Jordan Hershiser RHP Southern California Calif.
35 1076 Austin Cowen C Western Illinois Ill.
36 1106 Jose Vizcaino 3B Parker HS, San Diego Calif.
37 1136 John Sgromolo 1B Flagler (Fla.) Fla.
38 1166 Corey Embree OF Maple Woods (Mo.) CC Mo.
39 1196 Korey Dunbar C Nitro (W.Va.) HS W.Va.
West Virginia hasn't had a high school position player selected in the first 10 rounds since the Brewers took Sam Singleton in the seventh round of the 1995 draft, but Dunbar could break that streak if a team thinks they can lure him away from his North Carolina commitment. Dunbar is a well-rounded player with a physical frame at 6-feet, 185 pounds. His arm is average to a tick above and he has solid catch-and-throw skills to go with average power.
40 1226 Pat Stover OF Santa Clara Calif.
Stover was a 17th-round pick out of high school by the Athletics and, even with an inconsistent season, he should go higher this time around. With Stover, scouts are buying the bat--and after missing most of last season to injury, the redshirt sophomore was pressing early this season. His bat heated up a little later in the year and he was hitting just .297/.377/.427 through 192 at-bats. The tools are there--Stover has an upright stance with a good swing that produces above-average raw power to all fields. He shows above-average bat speed but is working on pitch recognition. Stover has a pro frame at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds and is an average runner. Despite his athleticism, Stover will be limited to left field. He is a rough defender who gets bad reads on balls, is hesitant to dive for balls and has average arm strength. Just like Patrick Wisdom at St. Mary's, scouts believe in Stover's athleticism and track record for hitting and he'll still be drafted highly enough to consider signing.