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Dodgers may target lefty pitchers, third basemen

Los Angeles' first pick in Monday's MLB Draft will be at No. 23
June 8, 2017

The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday through Wednesday beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and at 6 p.m on Monday. MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while will stream all 75 picks on Day

The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday through Wednesday beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and at 6 p.m on Monday. MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while will stream all 75 picks on Day 1. will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, starting at 1 p.m. ET. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on on Wednesday, beginning at noon ET.
Go to to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.
Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the Dodgers, whose first selection is the 23rd overall.
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In about 50 words
In addition to the 23rd overall pick, the Dodgers have the 62nd, 100th and 130th picks in the first four rounds. Despite organizational deep pockets, signability is key in targeting picks, and strategy is implemented to maximize the amount of quality players within the constraints of the allotted bonus pool.
The scoop
This is the third Draft of the current management team. Billy Gasparino is the director of amateur scouting, but top brass Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zaidi, Josh Byrnes, Alex Anthopoulos and David Finley are also heavily involved in a group effort. With the first pick in their first two Drafts, they went with a college pitcher (Walker Buehler), then a high-school shortstop (Gavin Lux).
First-round buzz's latest mock Draft projects the Dodgers taking University of Missouri right-handed pitcher Tanner Houck with the 23rd overall pick. Houck was drafted in the 12th round in 2014 by the Toronto Blue Jays, but he didn't sign and went to college. Expecting to be taken higher, he had the details of his selection -- "RD12/PK354/BLUEJAYS'14" -- tattooed on his left wrist for motivation.
Money matters
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team has an allotted bonus pool equal to the sum of the values of that club's selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. The more picks a team has, and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool. The signing bonuses for a team's selections in the first 10 rounds, plus any bonus greater than $125,000 for a player taken after the 10th round, will apply toward the bonus-pool total.
Any team going up to five percent over its allotted pool will be taxed at a 75-percent rate on the overage. A team that overspends by 5-10 percent gets a 75-percent tax plus the loss of a first-round pick. A team that goes 10-15 percent over its pool amount will be hit with a 100-percent penalty on the overage and the loss of a first- and second-round pick. Any overage of 15 percent or more gets a 100-percent tax plus the loss of first-round picks in the next two Drafts.
The Dodgers have $5,794,200 to spend on their first 10 picks, with $2,702,700 designated for the 23rd overall pick, $1,018,200 for the 62nd overall pick, $537,100 for the 100th overall pick and $401,000 for the 130th overall pick. In the past, the Dodgers have been rigid about not exceeding the threshold that would cost a first-round pick.
Shopping list
Although lefty Julio Urias is the most cherished of their young pitchers, the Dodgers don't have a left-handed hurler listed in MLBPipeline's top 30 club prospects, while they have 13 right-handers listed. And they remain thin at third base, although sliding shortstop Corey Seager there when a replacement for Justin Turner is needed is a logical option, especially if Lux emerges at shortstop.
Trend watch
In his first Draft for the Dodgers, Gasparino took college pitchers with his first two selections and went with collegiates with five of the first six selections, four of them pitchers. But last year, he started off with Lux, followed by a college catcher (Will Smith), the highest Dodgers pick of a catcher since Paul Konerko in 1994. In two Drafts for San Diego, Gasparino took college position players first both times, and both years five of the first six players he selected were position players.
Rising fast
In Spring Training, with only five professional innings pitched, every bullpen session Buehler threw was watched by club executives amidst whispers he might be in Los Angeles by September. A May promotion from Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga to Double-A Tulsa keeps that aggressive timetable in play for the 2015 first-rounder, especially stunning because he needed Tommy John surgery after being selected.
Cinderella story
Seventh-rounder Trevor Oaks (2014), now at Triple-A Oklahoma City, is trying to become the first player from California Baptist to reach the Major Leagues. He throws a heavy sinker and gets a lot of ground-ball outs. Oaks knows how to win, having gone 15-8 in college and 29-11 in the Minor Leagues. Like many Dodgers pitchers, he has had Tommy John surgery.
In the Show
From the current 25-man roster, Clayton Kershaw (first round in 2006), Seager (first round in '12), Thomas Stripling (fifth round in '12) and Cody Bellinger (fourth round in '14) were drafted by the Dodgers and developed by their Minor League system.
Dodgers' recent top picks
2016 -- Gavin Lux, SS, Class A Great Lakes
2015 -- Walker Buehler, RHP, Double-A Tulsa
2014 -- Grant Holmes, RHP, Double-A Midland (Oakland)
2013 -- Chris Anderson, RHP, released by Class A Fort Myers (Minnesota) on May 15
2012 -- Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for since 2001.