MLB Draft: Dodgers Day One Selections

The Dodgers landed two coveted prospects on day one of the MLB Draft.

The first-round selection, Jeren Kendall, was selected 23rd by Los Angeles. He was ranked the sixth overall prospect by MLB.com.

A junior outfielder from Vanderbilt, Kendall has elite speed, an above-average arm and solid defense. With a .307 batting average and .928 OPS, Kendall has shown the hit tools necessary to expedite his climb to the big leagues.

He also clubbed 15 home runs in 261 at-bats for the Commodores.

Kendall’s draft slot is worth $2.7 million. He improved his draft prospects with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team last summer, leading the team in hits (20), extra-base hits (10), RBI (14) and steals (five).

He compares favorably to MLB star Jacoby Ellsbury.

The selection of Kendall is a familiar situation for both the Dodgers and Vanderbilt. The club has used its first pick each of the past three years on a player from the program – in 2015, they selected prospect Walker Buehler, and in 2016 they landed Jordan Sheffield.

The Dodgers used their second selection, the 62nd overall, on hulking right-hander Morgan Cooper from the University of Texas. Cooper has been clocked at 96mph, and struck out 110 batters in 89 1/3 innings for the Longhorns.

He sported a 2.32 ERA and held opposing batters to a .204 batting average on the season during which he was named all-Big12 and third-team All-American.

Cooper’s mechanics and size augur well for his future within the organization. His smooth, overhand delivery induces ground balls and strikeouts and thusly is considered to be on a faster track to reach the big leagues.

Day two of the MLB Draft continues with rounds 3-10. It concludes June 14th with rounds 11-40.