Dodgers stick with Vandy to open Day 2
Lefty Pfeifer taken two rounds after Commodores teammate Buehler
LOS ANGELES -- New Dodgers management likes the Vanderbilt University pitching staff.
In the third round of the Draft on Tuesday, the Dodgers selected Vandy lefty Philip Pfeifer, teammate of right-hander Walker Buehler, who was taken by the Dodgers with the 24th overall pick on Monday. Also on Tuesday, the Dodgers drafted slugging junior college second baseman Willie Calhoun in the fourth round and lanky California high school shortstop Brendon Davis in the fifth round.
The Draft concludes on Wednesday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 on MLB.com beginning at 9 a.m. PT.
The MLB.com scouting report on Pfeifer:
Four years after being selected by the Texas Rangers in the 44th round of the 2011 MLB Draft, Pfeifer is poised to become a selection again after a solid redshirt junior season at Vanderbilt. He was 4-4 with a 4.06 ERA this season, with a complete game, five saves and 91 strikeouts in 71 innings, limiting opposing batters to a .215 batting average. Pfeifer also made the 2014 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll.
According to MLB.com's Jim Callis, Pfeifer redshirted in 2014 while turning around his life after a failed drug test in 2013. Pfeifer told The Tennessean that Vanderbilt coach Pat Corbin redirected his life.
Pfeifer, who went 46-4 in high school, is 6-foot and 195 pounds. According to the Vanderbilt website, Pfeifer plays the guitar and has graduated with a degree in philosophy. His favorites include Derek Jeter (player); the New York Yankees (baseball team); tennis (other sport); "Dogma" and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" (movies); chicken parmesan (meal); Minus the Bear (band); dark chocolate (late-night snack). He said he would be a musician if not an athlete.
The slugging Calhoun, a transfer from the University of Arizona who is a 5-foot-8 and 180-pounds, was taken out of Yavapai (Ariz.) Junior College. He's a left-handed power hitter (31 home runs) with no true defensive position. He was taken out of Benicia (Calif.) High School in the 17th round of the 2013 Draft by Tampa Bay and then-Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, now the Dodgers' president of baseball operations.
Callis and Jonathan Mayo envision Calhoun winding up as a left fielder.
The MLB.com scouting report on Calhoun:
Calhoun can definitely swing the bat, even gaining praise from Arizona head coach Andy Lopez while scuffling a bit as a freshman there. He has good bat speed from the left side of the plate and plenty of strength with a pull approach. He's not all or nothing, though, showing an ability to make adjustments and consistent hard contact with a pretty solid approach. Scouts don't give him much chance to play third, but he has played some left field, and that might be the best home for him long term.
Davis is a 6-foot-4, 170-pounder who has a commitment to Cal State-Fullerton. Davis missed the 2015 season with a fractured left wrist he sustained in a tractor accident. He has been a member of the ever-expanding Urban Youth Academy since he was 9 years old and once delivered a speech at the 2010 MLB Beacon Awards luncheon in which he thanked then-Commissioner Bud Selig for supporting the UYA and spoke of his dream to one day play in the big leagues.
"He has a lean body and he's young for his grade," director of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino said of Davis. "We like his range and arm and think he has a chance to stay at shortstop and grow into his body. The doctors cleared him the last couple of weeks. He has some weight training to do, but he's a value play for us at five."
The MLB.com scouting report on Davis:
The infielder has continued to accumulate accolades over the course of his career at Lakewood (Calif.) High School. In 2013, he was named to the Perfect Game Underclass 2nd Team, before being named to the 1st Team in 2014 and the All-American 3rd Team and California All-Region 1st Team this season.
The Dodgers had four picks on Monday -- Buehler (24th overall), University of Louisville right-hander Kyle Funkhouser (35th), Plano (Texas) Senior High School outfielder Mitchell Hansen (67th) and University of Virginia right-hander Josh Sborz (74th).