Dodgers' Draft haul follows familiar pattern

College players, right-handed pitchers highlight 42 picks

June 12th, 2016

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers completed the 2016 MLB Draft on Saturday with a concentration of signable college players and right-handed pitchers, as they did a year ago.

This year the Dodgers selected 42 players. Including seven from junior college, 34 of the 42 (81 percent) were from the college ranks and eight (19 percent) were from high school. Twenty-three (55 percent) were pitchers, and of that total 20 (87 percent) were right-handed.

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In 2015, the Dodgers also selected 42 players. Including two from junior college, 33 (78.5 percent) were from college and nine (21.5 percent) were from high school. Of the 42, 25 (59.5 percent) were pitchers, and of that total 22 (88 percent) were right-handed.

"That's just the way the numbers work, it's where the players are," said Dodgers director of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino. "Our strategy still is to take the best available talent. I'm really happy with today's picks and I think we've added a lot of valuable players."

After evenly splitting their first 10 picks this year between pitchers and position players (topped by Wisconsin high school shortstop Gavin Lux), the Dodgers took pitchers with 17 of 30 picks on Saturday, including Pennsylvania high school right-hander A.J. Alexy with the 11th-round pick and Alabama high school right-hander Graham Ashcraft with the 12th-round pick. Alexy, at 6-foor-4, threw 164 pitches in a complete game last month.

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When a player taken in the first 10 rounds doesn't sign, the slot value for that pick is subtracted from the club's pool. Not so after the 10th round, so if Alexy or Ashcraft don't sign, it won't count against the Dodgers' bonus pool.

Gasparino said he would be happy to land one of the two, but will try to sign both.

"Both are more talented than 11th- or 12th-rounders," said Gasparino, adding that Alexy is committed to Radford College and Ashcraft to Mississippi State.

Although Gasparino said the club doesn't have a strategy of drafting pitchers who have already had Tommy John surgery, six of the 23 pitchers drafted this year have had the procedure.

"Honestly, it's not a franchise strategy, it's just that there's so many of them," said Gasparino. "But we feel very comfortable when they've had surgery and they've pitched a year after that that they're on a healthy path."

More from Saturday:

• Cody Thomas, an outfielder from the University of Oklahoma taken in the 13th round, sat out the 2015 baseball season to play football and was the backup quarterback for the Sooners.

• Dean Kremer, a 6-foot-2 pitcher from UNLV taken in the 14th round, is a dual U.S./Israeli citizen who became the first Israeli drafted when the Padres took him in the 35th round last year.

• Darien Tubbs, a 5-foot-7 outfielder from the University of Memphis taken in the 16th round, is the son of Greg Tubbs, who played for the Cincinnati Reds in 1994.

• Brock Carpenter, a third baseman from Seattle University taken in the 20th round, was drafted by Gasparino in '13 when he ran the Padres' Draft.

• James Carter, a right-handed closer from the University of California, Santa Barbara taken in the 21st round; Bailey Ober, a 6-foot-7 right-handed pitcher from the College of Charleston; Conor Costello, a right-handed pitcher from Oklahoma State taken in the 32nd round; and Enrique Zamora, a right-handed pitcher from Calumet College taken in the 37th round, have all returned from Tommy John surgery.

Costello, drafted as a right-handed pitcher but also an outfielder, has been drafted twice before, broke a hamate bone in a plate collision this year and last year missed time with a ruptured esophagus suffered while eating a steak.

• Stevie Berman, a catcher from Santa Clara taken in the 31st round, caught the Dodgers' second-round pick, right-handed pitcher Mitchell White.

• Zach Taglieri, a right-handed Florida high school pitcher taken in the 40th round, is the son of Paul Taglieri, the Mets' director of Florida operations.