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Dodgers sign top Draft pick Kendall

Second-rounder Cooper, third-rounder Wong also among signees
July 7, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers signed their top three picks from the June Draft before Friday's deadline.First-rounder Jaren Kendall, an outfielder from Vanderbilt University, signed for $2.9 million (recommended bonus was $2,702,700); second-rounder Morgan Cooper, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Texas, signed for $870,000 (recommended bonus was $1,018,200);

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers signed their top three picks from the June Draft before Friday's deadline.
First-rounder Jaren Kendall, an outfielder from Vanderbilt University, signed for $2.9 million (recommended bonus was $2,702,700); second-rounder Morgan Cooper, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Texas, signed for $870,000 (recommended bonus was $1,018,200); and third-rounder Connor Wong, a catcher from the University of Houston, took $550,000 (recommended bonus was $537,600).
Dodgers' Draft results
Kendall, 21, bats left-handed and throws right-handed. He is 6-foot and 190 pounds with elite speed, but he has a high strikeout rate. He hit .307 (80-for-261) with 10 doubles, five triples, 15 home runs, 53 RBIs and stole 20 bases in 2017 as a junior. He led the team in runs scored (59), hits and home runs, while posting a .372 on-base percentage and a .556 slugging percentage. In '14, he was drafted in the 30th round by Boston, but he went to college.
Cooper, 22, is 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. He went 6-3 with a 2.32 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 89 1/3 innings pitched this year as a starter. Cooper missed the 2015 season with Tommy John elbow surgery, but bounced back strong this year.

Wong, 21, is 5-foot-10, 180 pounds and built like current Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes because the Dodgers value smaller, agile, athletic catchers that they can refine as receivers. Like Barnes, Wong has base-stealing speed, and a plus throwing arm.
The Dodgers also signed 11th round pick Jacob Amaya (SS, South Hill HS); 17th rounder Nathan Witt (RHP, Michigan State); and 20th rounder Donovan Casey (OF, Boston College) on Friday. The club signed 33 of its 40 selections.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.