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Michael Busch

#9 | 3B/2B/LF
Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers
Michael Busch
Name: Michael Busch
Born: Nov 9, 1997 in Inver Grove Heights, MN
College: North Carolina
High School: Simely HS, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 207 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (31st overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019 (signed for $2,312,000)
The key cog in the middle of North Carolina’s lineup the last two seasons, Busch has an excellent feel for the barrel and a strong understanding of the strike zone. He walked in 16 percent of his plate appearances as a freshman and recorded a 17 percent walk rate as a sophomore, when he hit .317/.465/.521 with 13 home runs and 55 walks, the latter of which ranked 10th in the nation. While Busch has a solid feel for the strike zone, he also has 60-grade raw power and a strong track record of hitting. He’s produced in both the ACC and with a wood bat in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .322/.450/.567 with six home runs in 27 games last summer. While Busch is a plus defender at first base, he has played mostly left field during his junior season. He’s been perfectly acceptable in the outfield, but he remains a below-average runner with a long exchange on his throws, so he will likely never be a defensive asset in the outfield. Still, he showed he could make all the routine plays and not embarrass himself, or his team, in a corner outfield spot, if needed. Some scouts have wondered what Busch would look like as a second baseman, but his most natural defensive position is first base. While he’s undersized for the position at 6 feet and 207 pounds, he has shown enough promise with the bat to fit the profile. Busch should go off the board in the second half of the first round.
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