With the 62nd overall pick of the 2014 MLB Draft the Los Angeles Dodgers selected OF Alex Verdugo from Sahuaro High School in Tucson, Arizona.
Verdugo, who is 6’0″ and 200 lbs, was one of the few players in the Draft who was legitimately split between a pitcher and a hit; however, the Dodgers have decided to draft him as an outfielder.
This is somewhat noteworthy for two reasons. First, most MLB scouts believed that Verdugo was a pitcher leading up to the draft. Verdugo has been projected as a future No. 3 starter in the MLB. He is a lefty who threw in the low to mid 90’s and reportedly had a nice curveball and change up. Secondly, the Dodgers organization isn’t really deep; however, the one position the Dodgers are completely stacked at it outfield. Not only do the Dodgers have four legitimate starters on the 25-man roster in Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford, but they have Scott Van Slyke and uber prospect Joc Pederson waiting in the wings.
The Dodgers have been known to take the best player on the board and I’m sure Logan White and Ned Colletti stuck to the board. Both White and Colletti must have really believed that Verdugo was a steal at 62 overall and that he was too good to pass up.
As an outfielder, Verdugo has solid power and ridiculous athleticism, according to reports. Verdugo won MVP honors for the National team at the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field last August.
There are some apparent concerns with Verdugo’s past, but the Dodgers are apparently willing to look past those yellow flags in order to snag a player of his caliber.
Verdugo had been committed to play at Arizona State. However, it looks like the Dodgers and Verdugo have already reached an agreement and he will be foregoing his college career.